Moscow, Oct 17 (Prensa Latina) The vice president of the National Assembly of People’s Power, Ana María Mari Machado, reiterated today in St. Petersburg Cuba”s respect for the diversity of political, social, cultural and religious systems.
During the debates at the 137th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in the former Leningrad, Mari Machado assured that ‘our aim is to contribute to the establishment of a peaceful and prosperous world.’
According to the official, it is necessary to continue the search for a favorable environment to the exchange of human experiences, ‘as well as full respect for the right to self-determination of all peoples.’
The Cuban parliamentary leader also stated that ‘any doctrine based on racial or cultural superiority must be strongly rejected, as well as any action involving prejudice, discrimination and stereotypes that go against human dignity, equality and justice.’
She stressed the work of the Cuban government to eradicate racial prejudice, and recalled that 40 percent of the current Parliament is made up of black or half-breed people.
For Mari Machado, culture is an essential component in the development of human rights, as it is a source of identity, innovation and creativity for individuals and communities.
Also during the debates, his Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church, highlighted the links between the principles of morality and justice around interreligious and inter-ethnic conflicts.
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