Practice Relating to Rule 55. Access for Humanitarian Relief to Civilians in Need
Section B. Impediment of humanitarian relief
In 2009, in a statement before the Fourth Committee of the UN General Assembly on the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, the representative of Cuba stated: “Throughout the year, Israel continued to severely limit … the movement of persons and goods, including food and medicine.”
In 2009, in a statement before the Fourth Committee of the UN General Assembly on the report of the special committee to investigate Israeli practices affecting the human rights of the Palestinian people and other Arabs of the occupied territories, the representative of Cuba stated:
Cuba expresses its strong concern at the constant deterioration of the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, owing … to … illegal policies and practices, like the inhumane and destructive measures of collective punishment of the Palestinian civilian population, which violate the rights of the Palestinian people and worsen their socio-economic condition, resulting in a dire humanitarian crisis.
Israel continues with its closure policy, including the incessant sealing off of the Gaza Strip and the unjust and inhumane blockade of its inhabitants.
In 2010, in a statement before the Fourth Committee of the UN General Assembly on the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, the representative of Cuba stated:
This year, following the criminal attack committed by the special forces of the Israeli Army, in the early morning of 31 May, against a flotilla of ships that were in international waters and were carrying humanitarian aid to the Palestinian people living in the Gaza Strip, Cuba called on the international community to request the Israeli authorities to immediately lift the illegal, ruthless and genocidal blockade against the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip.
Notwithstanding, for the fourth consecutive year, Israel continues to severely limit … the movement of … goods, including food and medicine. The prohibition on the entry of building materials has prevented ... reconstruction …
Reconstruction work in Gaza after the war has not materialised as a result of the intransigence of the Israeli government and the complicated bureaucratic procedures for the entry of construction materials. Cuba condemns Israel’s aggressive policy, which ignores the repeated calls by the international community and the successive resolutions adopted by different organs of the United Nations, in flagrant violation of international law.
In 2010, in a statement before the UN General Assembly on the Palestinian question, the ambassador and permanent representative of Cuba stated:
Reconstruction work in Gaza after the war has not materialised as a result of the bureaucratic red tape and restrictions that the Israeli government applies to access for construction materials.
As part of the inhumane blockade against the inhabitants of the Gaza Strip, Israel continues to severely limit the freedom of movement of Palestinians, imposing a humiliating and discriminatory network of hundreds of checkpoints, continues with its policy of closed borders, imposes physical barriers on roads used by Palestinians, limits the movement of persons and goods such as food, medicine, fuel and other essential humanitarian supplies.