Brazil backs embargo on Cuba at UN assembly

On Thursday (Nov. 7), Brazil voted in favor of the economic, commercial, and financial embargo on Cuba. The vote took place at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York and scrutinized the resolution brought forth by Cuba condemning the embargo imposed by the US in 1962.

On his weekly live broadcast on Facebook, President Jair Bolsonaro talked about Brazil’s stance. “For the first time, Brazil followed the UN concerning the embargo on Cuba. So, we favor the embargo; after all, is that a democracy? No, it’s a dictatorship, so it must be treated as such,” he declared.

Brazil, US, and Israel

On Twitter, Brazilian chancellor Ernesto Araújo also made comments about Brazil’s vote against Cuba’s resolution. “The developing countries always in favor of Cuba. This time, Brazil voted in favor of the truth,” Araújo wrote. In addition to Brazil, the US and Israel voted against the end of the embargo.

Since 1992, the UN General Assembly has approved a resolution asking for the end of the embargo on Cuba, which was turned into law by the US Congress in 1992. Last year, the resolution against the embargo was approved with 189 favorable votes, with contrary ballots cast by the US and Israel alone, and no abstentions.

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