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Statement by Cuba in the exercise of the right of reply to the US Delegation in the General Debate of item 4

Statement by Cuba in the exercise of the right of reply to the US Delegation in the General Debate of item 4 (situations that require the Council's attention) at the 33rd regular session of the Human Rights Council. Geneva, September 19, 2016.

Mr. President:

Again we are obliged to reject categorically, for its total lack of trueness, the criticism of the US representative, who instead of focusing on human rights issues in his own country, is dedicated to criticize others without any basis.

It is the United States, not Cuba, the country where racism and discrimination persist in all areas, but particularly within the police field.

With what moral can the United States refer to violence in detention, when police brutality reaches alarming levels in the country? Could it be that the African Americans who have been killed by the US police in recent months are not citizens of that country?

Mr. President:

We witness in this Council the increasing attacks on the sovereignty and self-determination of several countries, as is the case of Venezuela, to which we reaffirm our unconditional support.

Finally, we urge the United States to allow, without conditions, the visit of the Special Rapporteur on torture to the torture center located in the territory that it illegally usurped in our country at the Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, which even the High Commissioner himself has demanded.

They must end the economic, commercial and financial blockade that is a massive, flagrant and systematic violation of the human rights of the Cuban people, including the right to development.

Cuba will continue defending itself against any slander against it.

Thank you.

 

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