Cuba elected for the fifth time as a member of the UN Human Rights Council


Session of the Human Rights Council, in Geneva. Photo: AFP.

Cuba was elected to the Human Rights Council of the United Nations, a body made up of 47 member states, responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights in the world. Despite the campaigns and pressure from the United States, the island occupies one seat in that body, among the eight reserved for the Group of Latin American and Caribbean States.

Cuba was elected with 170 votes, 88% of UN members, Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla highlighted in a post on Twitter.

“Despite the smear campaign, Cuba’s achievements cannot be overshadowed,” said the foreign minister.

A founding member of the Human Rights Council, which defenested the former Human Rights Commission, Cuba is elected for the fifth time as a member of that intergovernmental body.

When reporting on the election, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs pointed out that “firmly committed to the construction of an increasingly just society, with the well-being of the human being and social justice, our country obtained the secret, direct and individual vote of 170 members of the General Assembly of the United Nations, as a result of respect and admiration for the humanist work of the Cuban Revolution, the main guarantee for the enjoyment and protection of human rights on the island ”.

The Minrex declared that this step “honors the self-determination and resistance of the Cuban people in the face of serious obstacles and threats caused by the unilateral policy of hostility and aggression and the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States, which constitutes a violation flagrant, massive and systematic of human rights and the main obstacle to the achievement of higher goals in this matter ”.

It is also a recognition –added the Foreign Ministry in a note– “of the significant progress that Cuban men and women have made in the enjoyment of all their rights and the country’s extensive record in terms of international cooperation in the field of human rights, demonstrating, through concrete facts, his unequivocal disposition to respectful, frank and open dialogue ”.

“Cuba conducts itself in the Human Rights Council with its own and constructive voice, with its experience as a developing country defender of dialogue and cooperation, contrary to punitive approaches and selectivity, in favor of the promotion and protection of all rights. humans for all ”, highlighted the Minrex.

(With information from CubaMinrex)

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