The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
of the United Nations establishes the principle that all people
have the right to self-determination and national sovereignty. It
is our belief that all peoples and nations have a right to determine
their own destiny in a climate free of fear, disinformation and
economic and military reprisals by other countries.
The National Network on Cuba as a whole
and the member organizations which compose it, are part of a historic
tradition in the United States against intervention abroad and in
support of the right of nations to self-determination, peace and
The National Network on Cuba stands firmly
behind the following principles which are at the foundation of our
analysis, work and activities:
We uphold and defend the right of the Cuban
people to determine their own destiny and to freely pursue their
own social, economic and cultural development. The Cuban people
have a right to self-determination and national sovereignty. This
is an inalienable right.
Furthermore, we believe that the economic
and cultural blockade imposed by the U.S. government for over 40
years on the Cuban people violates the most elementary principles
of human rights and international law and is a direct challenge
to Cuba's right to self-determination and national sovereignty.
We oppose the use of immoral tools such
as threats of military intervention, trade, cultural and scientific
embargo, starvation diplomacy, and the promotion of disinformation
We believe we have a responsibility to impact
on U.S. foreign policy because it affects the well-being and quality
of life domestically.
We believe that Cuba's commitment to the
basic rights of health, education and social welfare set an example
to the world and that it has demonstrated a high moral and humanitarian
character in its international support and solidarity to other Third
We are committed to educating ourselves
and the people of the United States about the historical developments
and achievements of the people of Cuba. It is our belief that our
work will serve to foster friendship between the people of Cuba
and the United States that is based in truth.
The National Network on Cuba is part of
a U.S.-based movement that is opposed to war and political, military
and economic intervention abroad. We oppose institutionalized racism
at home and support peace with justice. We work actively to defend
the right of Third World nations to pursue their own social, economic
and cultural development.
To build public pressure and influence
U.S. public opinion in order to bring about an end to the criminal
U.S. blockade of Cuba, including working against the U.S. prohibition
of the sale of food and medicines to the people of Cuba, ending
the travel restrictions, and promoting cultural and educational
exchanges. The economic conditions in Cuba have intensified
as a direct result of the blockade, with Cuba undergoing a "Special
To work actively to change U.S. foreign
policy toward the people of Cuba by supporting legislative initiatives
and lobbying projects which call for ending the policies of hostility
toward Cuba, primarily the blockade, travel restrictions, the
U.S. military presence in Guantánamo, and TV and Radio
Martí which serve as yet another form of U.S. intervention
in the internal affairs of Cuba.
To work to counter U.S. military threats
and action against Cuba.
To promote public campaigns to educate
the U.S. people about the reality and achievements of the Cuban
people and to counter the vicious campaign of disinformation and
outright lies being perpetrated by the U.S. administration and
the right-wing (including the Cuban right-wing) against Cuba.
To promote exchanges between labor organizations
and activists, as well as other sectors, in the U.S. and Cuba.
To promote international coalitions to
help coordinate international actions in solidarity with the Cuban