Cuba Thanks in Geneva Recognition of its Work on Human Rights

Geneva, May 18 (Prensa Latina) Cuba thanked here today all delegations who expressed a clear recognition and encouragement to its work on human rights, during the adoption of the national report submitted to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR).

The Director-General of Multilateral Affairs and International Law at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Rodolfo Reyes, assured that the country will carefully examine each of the recommendations made as part of that mechanism of the Human Rights Council.

He added that the answers will be given during the 39th session of that UN body, scheduled for next September.

The official said that a majority group of recommendations will have the support of the Cuban government.

‘These have been made on the basis of mutual respect and non-interference in internal affairs. Many of them have already been fulfilled by the country, are in the process of being implemented or are part of Cuba’s future priorities,’ he said.

At the same time, he said that other recommendations are unacceptable for Cuba, as they question the constitutional order endorsed by the overwhelming majority of the people, are based on prejudice and claim ideological hegemonies.

He added that ‘these recommendations have political motivations incompatible with universality, diversity, respect for the sovereignty of States and the self-determination of peoples enshrined in international law.’

Some of them are ‘the fabricated pretexts of the well-known policy of hostility and aggression of the United States,’ Reyes said.

On the other hand, the representative of Cuba thanked the president of the Human Rights Council, Vojislav Suc; as well as the countries that formed the troika, Peru, Egypt, and Nepal, for the responsibility with which they carried out their work.

Reyes reiterated Cuba’s commitment to continue cooperating with the human rights mechanisms of the United Nations system, established on a universal and non-discriminatory basis, in particular with the Human Rights Council and its UPR mechanism.

During the adoption of the report, the ambassador of Peru, Claudio Julio de la Fuente, also intervened on behalf of the troika, stating that during the presentation of the report, 143 delegations took the floor, and 12 advance questions were sent.

Last Wednesday, the Cuban Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodriguez, presented the report of Cuba to the third cycle of the UPR, an occasion in which he presented the achievements in the last five years, as a continuation of the humanist work of the Revolution.

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