#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 condemns #US withdrawal from nuclear agreement with #Iran

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By   | internet@granma.cu

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba expresses its strong condemnation of the decision made by the United States government to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or Iran nuclear agreement, and re-impose sanctions on this country. Failure to abide by these international commitments undermines the norms of coexistence among states and can have serious consequences for stability and security in the Middle East.

Cuba opposes the imposition of unilateral coercive economic measures on any country and recognizes the legitimate right of all states to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. At the same time, we call on the United Nations Security Council to fulfill the responsibility with which it has been charged in the UN Charter to maintain international peace and security, demanding adherence to of its resolution 2231 (2015) on the Iranian nuclear question, approved unanimously by this body.

Havana, May 9, 2018

Statement by the Revolutionary Government of the Republic of #Cuba

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The Revolutionary Government of the Republic of Cuba expresses its strongest condemnation of the new attack by the United States and some of its allies against military and civilian facilities in the Syrian Arab Republic on the evening of this April 13th, under the pretext of the alleged use of chemical weapons against civilians by the Syrian Government.

This unilateral action, outside the United Nations Security Council, is a flagrant violation of the principles of International Law and the UN Charter and an outrage against a sovereign State, which exacerbates the conflict in that country and region.

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#Cuba Demands at #UN-#Geneva the End of #US #Blockade

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Cuba’s ambassador at UN headquarters in Geneva, Pedro Luis Pedroso, demanded in this Swiss city the cessation of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States, diplomatic sources informed today.

During the 37th regular session of the Human Rights Council, the diplomat also demanded the return of the territory illegally occupied by the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo province, according to a statement.

‘Cuba will continue its struggle because its society is as fair as possible. We will persist in defending the right of the Cuban people to give themselves the political system they consider, and follow self-determination without any interference,’ he said.

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#Venezuela Asks #UN to Send Mission to Observe #Elections

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Representatives of the Venezuelan government and opposition parties repeated their request to the United Nations to send a mission to observe and monitor the May 20 elections, local media reported today.

In statements published in the newspaper Ultimas Noticias, Venezuelan Ambassador at the UN Samuel Moncada noted that at a meeting on Tuesday with officials from that multilateral organization, the appointment of an exploratory group to travel to the South American country and report to Secretary General António Guterres was discussed.

Moncada pointed out that the presence of government and opposition representatives at the meeting, held at the UN headquarters in New York, in the United States, confirmed the Venezuelans’ will to solve political conflicts democratically and with transparency.

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

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Cuba: Humans with rights

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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 expert rejects claims of a humanitarian crisis in #Venezuela

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Alfred De Zayas, an independent expert of the United Nations (UN), acknowledged the negative effects of the economic war in Venezuela, but rejected claims that the South American country is today experiencing a humanitarian crisis.

Following a visit to Venezuela, the UN expert on the Promotion of an International Democratic and Equitable Order, speaking to teleSUR, stressed: “I have compared the statistics of Venezuela with that of other countries and there is no humanitarian crisis, of course there is scarcity, anxiety and shortages but anyone who has worked for decades for the United Nations and knows the situation of countries in Asia, Africa and some of the Americas, knows that the situation in Venezuela is not a humanitarian crisis.”

De Zayas highlighted the impact of the media on the international perception of the situation in the country, which in many cases fails to reflect the true situation in the country. “Venezuela suffers an economic war, a financial blockade, suffers a high level of smuggling and, of course, needs international solidarity to solve these problems,” he emphasized.