Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Amnesty urges Obama to lift Cuba sanctions
Tue Sep 1, 2009 8:01pm EDT
Embargo limits Cubans' access to some medicines-Amnesty.
"The U.S. embargo against Cuba is immoral and should be lifted," Khan said. "It's preventing millions of Cubans from benefiting from vital medicines and medical equipment essential for their health"
"In its report "The U.S. embargo against Cuba: Its impact on economic and social rights", Amnesty said the restrictions severely limited Cuba's ability to import medicine, medical equipment and technology essential for treating life-threatening disease and maintaining public health programmes."
"The commercial barriers have also hindered the renovation of hospitals, clinics and care centres for the elderly, it said."
According to data from the United Nations, Cuba's inability to import nutritional products
for consumption at schools, hospitals and day care centres, was contributing to a high prevalence of iron deficiency anaemia, said the Amnesty report.
Similar situations have affected the implementation of UN programmes to prevent and fight HIV/AIDS on the island, said the report. http://www.reuters.com/article/latestCrisis/idUSL124395