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The Human Rights Council adopts four resolutions presented by Cuba.

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The Human Rights Council adopts four resolutions presented by Cuba.

Geneva, March 24, 2016. The 31st regular session of the Human Rights Council adopted four resolutions presented by Cuba addressing important issues related to economic, social and cultural rights which were co-sponsored by countries from all regions of the world.

The promotion of cultural rights and cultural diversity and the right to food, addressed in two of the Cuban initiatives, represent legitimate aspirations of the peoples of the world. By adopting these resolutions, the Human Rights Council gave a boost to the promotion and effective protection of these rights which are essential to ensure full respect for human rights.

Given the wide imbalance in the geographical composition of the staff of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, a resolution presented by Cuba was also adopted which calls to take stronger measures to address this persistent imbalance so the staff of the Office of the High Commissioner be representative of the diversity of the political, economic and legal systems, as well as national and regional particularities and various historical, cultural and religious contexts that exist globally. This will be a significant contribution to the universality of human rights and for attaining greater effectiveness in their promotion and protection.

The Council also adopted a resolution on the effects of the foreign debt and related international financial obligations of the States on the full enjoyment of all human rights, particularly the economic, social and cultural rights. The negative impact of the financial and economic crisis and the austerity measures on the full enjoyment of human rights was reflected in this resolution.

With the introduction and adoption of these four resolutions, Cuba reaffirmed its commitment to the protection and promotion of human rights. Likewise, it continued to contribute to the work of the Human Rights Council to maintain a balance among all human rights, civil and political, as well as economic, social and cultural ones, which are indivisible, interdependent and universal. The 31st regular session of the Council ends this Thursday, March 24, after four weeks of intensive work.

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