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Statement by Ambassador Anayansi Rodriguez Camejo

Statement by Ambassador Anayansi Rodriguez Camejo, Permanent Representative of Cuba to the United Nations Office at Geneva in the debate on the state of racial discrimination worldwide at the 31st regular session of the Human Rights Council. Geneva, March 18, 2016.

Mr. President:

Almost fifteen years ago the World Conference against Racism held in Durban, marked a major milestone in the struggle for equal rights for all human beings.

However, and in spite of scientific proof that there are no superior races, today there is still discrimination against individuals and entire peoples for the color of the skin, ethnicity or nation or religion or belief they profess.

We have seen the emergence of new, more perfidious manifestations of racism and racial discrimination in various parts of the world.

The current migrant crisis has shown that much remains to be done in this area. The number of associations and political parties that support racist, xenophobic and anti-immigrant platforms has increased; social exclusion and marginalization of groups and minorities prevail; and there is an abused freedom of expression to the detriment of the dignity of others.

Given these realities, it urges to achieve full implementation of the Declaration and Programme of Action of Durban, as well as the Final Document of its Review Conference held in April 2009.

There is still a lack of political will by some States to advance actions included in the mandate received from Durban.

In that context, Cuba reiterates its willingness to support all initiatives to promote the full implementation of the Durban agreements and its Review Conference. Cuba calls upon all States to demonstrate their commitment to the struggle against this scourge, joining the efforts of the international community to end racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and intolerance.

Thank you very much.


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