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.
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).