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Cuba elected to Human Rights Council
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The Razor's Edge
2013-11-22 12:37:54 UTC
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Cuba elected to Human Rights Council

UNITED NATIONS.—The decision made by the UN General Assembly to reelect Cuba
to the Human Rights Council (HRC) for a three-year period, is a solid
recognition of work undertaken by the country in this context, according to
Anayansi Rodríguez, Cuban ambassador to international organizations based in
Geneva.

The UN General Assembly acknowledged Cuba’s respect for all human rights,
including education. Photo: Archive.
The UN General Assembly acknowledged Cuba’s respect for all human rights,
including education. Photo: Archive.

She affirmed to Granma that the country has defended within this body the
principles of the nations of the South and rejected double standards and
attempts at political manipulation.

Rodríguez stated that the UN decision came a few months after Cuba
successfully completed the HRC Universal Periodic Review, which assesses
countries’ economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights.

The HRC was created by the UN in 2006 to replace the discredited Commission
of the same name. At that time, Cuba was elected as one of the first member
countries and remained on the Council through 2006, for the two consecutive
periods established. The country will begin its new three-year period in
January 2014.

In a press note, the Cuban Permanent Mission to the UN also stated that Cuba
will continue working on the promotion of the rights of peoples to
self-determination, peace and development; toward a democratic and equitable
international order; and against racism, xenophobia and all forms of
discrimination.

By absolute majority and through a direct and secret vote, the UN General
Assembly elected 14 new members to the Human Rights Council: Latin America
(Cuba and Mexico), Eastern Europe (Russia and Macedonia), Western Europe
(France and the United Kingdom), Asia-Pacific (China, Vietnam, the Maldives
and Saudi Arabia), and Africa (Algeria, Morocco, South Africa and Namibia).
Cubaverdad
2013-11-22 13:01:05 UTC
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A disgrace

Cuba violates human rights:
http://humanrightsincuba.blogspot.ca/
http://www.impela.net

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