STATEMENT BY THE PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF CUBA, AMBASSADOR ANAYANSI RODRIGUEZ CAMEJO, IN THE GENERAL DEBATE OF ITEM 4
STATEMENT BY THE PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF CUBA, AMBASSADOR ANAYANSI RODRIGUEZ CAMEJO, IN THE GENERAL DEBATE OF ITEM 4 (HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATIONS THAT REQUIRE THE COUNCIL'S ATTENTION). 31st REGULAR SESSION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL, Geneva, March 15, 2016.
Politicization, double standards and selectivity seem to accompany this item of the agenda of the Human Rights Council. Unfortunately, this practice has spread to other agenda items used by the West, as in this case, to accuse of alleged human rights violations in countries of the South.
Even the technical cooperation and capacity building which has a specific agenda item does not adhere anymore to the principles for which it was established.
Listening to the long lists of allegations against developing countries, we wonder if what we all agreed to promote exactly today ten years ago when the UN General Assembly resolution 60/251 was adopted, is dead letter for some.
Did those expressing before this body their constant concerns for what, according to them, happens in other countries; self-critically analyze what happens in theirs?
Is it that operative paragraph four of resolution 60/251 has no relevance to them? As it was agreed that March 15, 2006 and I quote, “the work of the Council shall be guided by the principles of universality, impartiality, objectivity and non-selectivity, constructive international dialogue and cooperation, with a view to enhancing the promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development”.
The debate we hold today does not meet any of those principles. We can say that it reflects the opposite of what we set to change when discontinuing the discredited Commission on Human Rights.
What happens with immigrants and the poor in the world today offends the human consciousness. We urge the governments of the industrialized countries to show the necessary political will to resolve this unfortunate situation as they are the historical responsible for the conditions of underdevelopment and poverty that exist in the South.
It is unfortunate that xenophobia, racism, religious intolerance, the glorification of Nazism and fascism increase every day and that the building of walls at European borders do not stop.
Cuba is a nation embroiled in its economic and social development and the improvement of the welfare of its citizens. Its people enjoy rights and can exhibit achievements that have earned it the recognition and international respect and which are a chimera for many countries in the world, all this despite the limitations arising from its status as an underdeveloped country that has suffered for more than 50 years the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States, which constitutes a violation of human rights of an entire people and is the main obstacle to the full development of my country.
Categorically we reject the political manipulation and double standards in dealing with the issue of human rights, which must cease once and for all.
Thank you very much.