#Cuba Thanks in Geneva Recognition of its Work on Human Rights

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By 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.

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#Cuba will continue to build an ever freer, more democratic, just, and fraternal society

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Statement by Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba, during the presentation of Cuba’s National Report to the Third Cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the Human Rights Council. Geneva, May 16, 2018. (Unofficial version from http://www.minrex.gob.cu)

Mr. President:

Once again, Cuba attends the Universal Periodic Review to ratify its firm commitment with the guarantees for the exercise of human rights.

The national report that we are presenting is the result of a broad and participatory process of consultations which involved numerous government institutions and civil society organizations, as well as the implementation of the recommendations accepted during the second review -79 per cent of all the recommendations that were formulated.

Mr. President:

From the times of the US military occupation, which severed our independence, under the governments it imposed, 45 per cent of children did not attend schools; 85 percent of persons lacked running water; farmers lived in abject poverty without ever owning the land they tilled and immigrants were brutally exploited.

In Cuba, workers and farmers had no rights.  Extrajudicial execution, enforced disappearances and torture were recurrent.  Discrimination based on the color of the skin was brutal; poverty was rampant and women and girls were even more excluded.  The dignity of Cubans was tarnished and Cuba’s national culture was trampled upon.

The Cuban Revolution led by Commander in Chief Fidel Castro Ruz transformed that reality and continues to strive to improve the quality of life, wellbeing and social justice for all of our people, thus implementing all human rights.
That willingness to protect human dignity, provide equal opportunities and “conquer all the justice”, has remained unchanged and unswerving until today.

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Human work of therapeutic clowns acknowledged at Cuban hospitals

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By Prensa Latina

At the William Soler Pediatric Hospital and Cardiocenter in Havana, a group of unique actors improves the quality of life of patients through laughter therapy. Learn the details in the following report.

#Cuba Reiterates Its Commitment to Human #Rights at #UN-#Geneva

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Cuba: Humans with rights

By Prensa Latina

Cuba’s ambassador to the UN Office in Geneva, Pedro Luis Pedroso, has reiterated his country”s commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights, diplomatic sources informed today.

After addressing the General Segment of the 37th regular session of the Human Rights Council, the diplomat highlighted the priority attention to issues such as access to health services and higher quality education, greater protection and social assistance, food security and sustainable access to drinking water, among others.

‘Achieving greater social justice and well-being for all our people, in the exercise of the broadest freedoms recognized by the Constitution and laws, is one of the objectives of the updating of the Cuban economic and social development model,’ he said.

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#UN Experts Warn #Blockade against #Cuba Plays with People’s Lives

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By  Prensa Latina

UN Independent Experts on Human Rights warned today that unilateral sanctions such as the US blockade against Cuba play with people’s lives, lack logic and must cease.

The Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of unilateral sanctions on the exercise of human rights, Idriss Jazairy, told Prensa Latina that dialogue and negotiation are the way to resolve differences, not punishments such as the ones the inhabitants of the island have suffered for more than half a century.

Jazairy recalled that the former president of the United States, Barack Obama, began a process aimed at lifting the economic, commercial and financial siege, in line with the advances in bilateral relations with Cuba, but the situation seems to return to the past, with the arrival at the White House of Donald Trump.

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#US #blockade: unilateral coercive measure that damages the human rights of Cuban people

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Cuba, whose people have suffered an economic, commercial and financial blockade for more than 55 years, is well aware of the damages caused by unilateral coercive measures. Those were the opening words of Cuban Representative to the United Nations, Counselor Alejandro Castillo Santana , during his statement at the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur of the Human Rights Council on the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights, of the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly. The Cuban diplomat also expressed the Cuban opposition to all unilateral coercive measures, including those used as a tool for political and economic pressure against any country, particularly against developing countries.

He reaffirmed that unilateral coercive measures are contrary to international law, to international humanitarian law, to the Charter of the United Nations, and to the norms and principles governing peaceful relations among States; and also hinder economic and social development and create impediments to the full enjoyment of human rights.

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#US #Congressman Highlights Cuban Approach of #Health as Right

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By Prensa Latina

US Democratic Congressman Danny Davis said that Cuba has been able to adopt the concept of health as a right and, at the same time, to bring that principle into practice.

In the midst of the debate in the US, about health care, the representative for Illinois told Prensa Latina that the topic has always interested him, and sees it as a matter of right and not of privilege.

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