Press release by the Permanent Mission of Cuba on the Human Rights Day, 2015
Cuba reaffirms, on the Human Rights Day, its commitment to the enjoyment of the basic and inalienable rights of all human beings.
Geneva. December 10, 2015. December 10, Human Rights Day, is a day of celebration for all Cubans. The triumph of the Revolution in January 1959, allowed the Cuban people achieved true independence and full and universal enjoyment of all human rights for all.
In a world in which the right to development is systematically violated, Cuba has achieved a very high human development, according to the report presented in 2014 by the UNDP on this subject, which places the Caribbean island in the 44th position worldwide among 187 nations. This has been achieved despite the still current policy of economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States for more than five decades, which represents the biggest obstacle to the full realization of the right to development and a systematic and flagrant violation of the human rights of the Cuban people.
The strengthening of the health and free education systems for everyone, the full achievement of gender equality and the environmental protection, are part of a state policy that allows the enjoyment of all human rights by all Cubans. Also, institutional racism has been eradicated and we strive to ensure a full and effective equality of opportunity.
Cuba´s political system, as in very few countries in the world, ensures the entire population and more than 2,200 civil society organizations, broad powers and organizational, consultation, opinion and decision capacity in the exercise of a genuine participatory democracy established in the existing constitutional order.
As an active member of the Human Rights Council, Cuba has maintained a strict commitment to the implementation of a more just and equal human rights system. This has resulted in the presentation of resolutions aimed at defending basic human rights such as the right to food, international solidarity, cultural rights, the right to peace, among others; and in its cooperation with all human rights mechanisms applied on universal and non-discriminatory basis.
Cuba will continue improving its socialist system, endorsed and built by its people in order to move towards an increasingly just, free, independent, supportive, equitable and productive society. The Cubans will continue to defend their rights to self-determination, development, peace and a fair, democratic and equitable international order.
There is every reason for Cuba to celebrate with joy this Human Rights Day. A better world is possible in which freedom, solidarity and peace are enjoyed by all, and Cuba will not cease in its battle for these ideals.
Permanent Mission of Cuba in Geneva