Letter to Biden from the International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity

February 17, 2021

Dear President Biden,

Six years ago, on December 17, 2014, President Obama announced, together with Cuban President Raúl Castro, the re-establishment of bilateral relations unilaterally interrupted by the United States in 1960.

The historic announcement filled both nations with a lot of joy and was applauded by the international community. We believed, with well-founded hope, that a new era was beginning, leaving behind six decades of hostility that caused enormous suffering to the Cuban people and delayed for more than half a century the possibilities of economic, financial, commercial, cultural, medical, educational and tourist exchanges with the American people and their government.

Sadly, to the frustration of Cuba, and many people in the United States and the world, the Trump administration not only reversed all the progress made, but added a series of extremely hostile measures with the clear intention of provoking regime change in the Island nation.

It went as far as preventing the purchase of medical supplies and hindering donations from third countries in the midst of the worst pandemic caused by Covid-19.

The hostility and aggression created the atmosphere that led to an armed attack on the Cuban embassy in Washington on April 30, 2020.  Cuba is still waiting for a response of any kind from the US government for this crime and its egregious violation of the principles of the Vienna Convention on the Protection of Diplomatic Sites.

President Biden during your campaign you promised to review the Cuba policy pursued by your predecessor. We are aware of the difficult internal situation you inherited. We firmly believe that a respectful and unconditional relationship between your government and that of President Díaz-Canel will benefit both peoples and will once again be applauded by the community of nations.

Cuba has set an example to the world of international solidarity during the pandemic that still afflicts humanity. Cuban doctors from the Henry Reeve Contingent have traveled the five continents bringing hope, life, and health to 39 nations.

Cuban science is working hard to obtain its own vaccine with which it will immunize its population in a couple of months. It is a country that produces its own medicines that have shown great efficacy against the pandemic and other serious illnesses. It has done so with great effort, despite a blockade that imposes extreme limitations. Its success and international prestige are due to the fact that it has never given up hope and support for those in need in any corner of the world.

The people of the United States and their government would benefit greatly from the respectful and cooperative relationship that should prevail between nations.

President Biden we ask you with urgency to end the blockade against Cuba, to end the sanctions, prohibitions, threats, attacks and interference in the sovereignty of a country that has never done anything to the US. We ask you to end the illegal and extraterritorial laws and the inclusion of Cuba on restrictive lists. For the sake of the people of Cuba and the United States, we call on you to end the policy of hate that has produced so much suffering against a small country that only exports health and education.

On the 17th of every month, we will remind you Mr. President and the people of the world that the people of Cuba and the United States deserve to live in peace.

International Committee for Peace, Justice, and Dignity