July 16, 2006
Dear Chairman: (Dear Representative (Dear Senator
Consistent with section 306(c)(2) of the Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity (LIBERTAD) Act of 1996 (Public Law 104 114) (the "Act"), I hereby determine and report to the Congress that suspension for 6 months beyond August 1, 2006, of the right to bring an action under title III of the Act is necessary to the national interests of the United States and will expedite a transition to democracy in Cuba.
GEORGE W. BUSH
Title III: Protection of Property Rights of United States Nationals
US to Reinforce Blockade of Cuba
The document seeks "a greater participation of third nations in Cuba,” playing down international agreements on non-intervention in domestic affairs of countries and respect for their sovereignty.
To achieve Bush´ very-sought-after goal, the US urges European allies and western hemisphere states to act against trade exchanges with Havana and its economic growth programs, especially oil, tourism, nickel, tobacco and rum investments, based on the tougher implementation of the chapter IV of the Helms-Burton Act.
On top of it, other nations could be legally punished for merely being interested in trading with Cuba.
The second criterion concerns states where the free exercise of rights contained in the American Convention or Declaration have been effectively suspended, in whole or part, by virtue of the imposition of exceptional measures, such as a state of emergency, suspension of guarantees, state of siege, prompt exceptional security measures, and the like.
The fifth criterion regards structural or temporary situations that may appear in member states confronted, for various reasons, with situations that seriously affect the enjoyment of fundamental rights enshrined in the American Convention or the American Declaration. This criterion includes, for example: grave situations of violence that prevent the proper application of the rule of law; serious institutional crises; processes of institutional change which have negative consequences on human rights; or grave omissions in the adoption of the necessary measures which would provide for the effective exercise of fundamental rights.