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STATEMENT BY THE PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF CUBA, 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) AT THE  33th REGULAR SESSION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL. Geneva, September 19, 2016. 

Mr. President: 

Unfortunately, politicization, double standards and selectivity are already part of the regular discussions on this topic of the Agenda, which was precisely what was intended to be avoided while creating the Human Rights Council, leaving behind the harmful practices and methods of the discredited Commission on Human Rights. But even worse, some countries and certain organizations of the civil society also use other issues of the Agenda to claim alleged human rights violations only in the South countries. 

Those countries of the industrialized North which erroneously seek to establish themselves as a paradigm in the promotion and protection of human rights are precisely those who ignore more serious human rights situations, in particular those committed by them. 

Do any of these countries have seriously raised the issue of discussing in this body the situation of migrants who by thousands die in their attempt to a better future? 

How to think they are seriously concerned about the human rights situations in countries of the South, when they promote wars and interventions against these and then forget the suffering they cause to the people who say they want to improve their human rights? They use this issue to criticize others while in their own territories xenophobia, racism and intolerance increases every day to highly worrying levels. 

It is true, and Cuba firmly believes that all human rights are universal, indivisible and interrelated. So why none of these countries is concerned with promoting at the United Nations the right to development and thus improve the situation of millions of people living in poverty, because of the years of colonialism and exploitation that the West imposed on the South? 

Mr. President: 

Cuba, a nation embroiled in the economic and social development and the improvement of the welfare of its citizens has suffered for more than 50 years the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States which is illegal, a violation of the International Law and a massive, flagrant and systematic violation of the human rights of the Cuban people. The blockade is immoral, violates any ethics; it is cruel and causes human damage. It must cease now. 

The people of Cuba will persist in achieving the right to establish the political system it considers suitable, on its way to self-determination, without any intervention or interference. 

Finally, we call on the international community to reject the political manipulation and double standards in dealing with the issue of human rights. Only cooperation and respectful dialogue will lead us to the noble goal of promoting and protecting the human rights throughout the world. 

Thank you.

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