In this file photo taken on October 16, 2018, members of the Permanent Mission of Cuba to the UN protest during a meeting at the UN on October 16, 2018, on the launch of the campaign "Jailed for What?"
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The United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly adopted its 27th annual resolution calling for an end to the U.S. economic embargo on Cuba after a failed bid by Washington to amend the text to push Cuba to improve its human rights record. The U.N. vote can carry political weight, but only the U.S. Congress can lift the more than 50-year-old embargo. The U.S. consistently voted against the U.N. resolutions for 24 years but abstained for the first time in 2016 under former President Barack Obama, as Washington and Havana forged a closer relationship.The U.S. voted against the U.N. resolution last year along with Israel.Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said Thursday the U.S. government lacked the "moral authority" to criticize Cuba and others on human rights.
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