Geneva, Oct 7 (Prensa Latina) The UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday adopted a resolution presented by Cuba to extend the mandate of the Independent Expert on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order, an initiative backed by developing countries.
During the final segment of the 45th Period of Sessions of the body, a forum that culminates today with decisions on other projects introduced by member States, 22 nations voted for, 15 against and 10 abstained from the text defended by Cuba on behalf of the co-sponsors.
Upon introducing the document, Cuban diplomat Lester Delgado pointed out here that a democratic and equitable international order is a necessity facing the global challenges and crises, aggravated by the Covid-19 pandemic, and the urgency to face them in an effective and coordinated way.
Supporting national efforts to promote and protect all human rights for all is also important, said the Cuban representative, who recalled that the renewal is for three years.
The project does not pursue a punitive monitoring approach to those responsible for the structural causes and the obstacles imposed to the full realization of human rights, Delgado stated.
In that sense, the diplomat recalled the recent speech by Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel at the UN General Assembly and his call to overcome with a fair, equitable, solidary and democratic international order the selfish positions and the petty interests of a powerful minority, which burden the legitimate aspirations of human beings.
On behalf of the European Union, German Permanent Representative to the Office of the United Nations, Michael Freiherr von Ungern-Sternberg, spoke out against the initiative, arguing that the mandate of the independent expert is no longer necessary.
Countries from Africa, Asia, Latin America (Argentina and Venezuela) and the Caribbean (Bahamas) voted for the text, Europeans, Australia and Japan voted against, while Brazil, Mexico, Uruguay, Chile and Peru abstained.