United Nations Commission on Human Rights Press Release on Cuba
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UNITED NATIONS

Press Release

COMMISSION CONTINUES DEBATE ON VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND
FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS IN ANY PART OF THE WORLD

Commission on Human Rights
AFTERNOON
23 March 2005

Hears Personal Representative of High Commissioner on Human Rights Situation in Cuba.

Presents her Report.

The Commission on Human Rights continued its general debate this afternoon on the question of the violation of human rights and fundamental freedoms in any part of the world, including the question of the human rights in Cyprus.

Christine Chanet, the Personal Representative of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the situation of human rights in Cuba, presented her report, noting that the effects of the United States embargo imposed on Cuba had worsened in 2004. She underlined as positive the efforts made by the Cuban Government with regard to economic, social and cultural rights. With regard to political and civil rights, 18 persons arrested in 2002 and 2003 and prosecuted for crimes of opinion had been freed. However, 60 persons who were considered arbitrarily detained by the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention were still in prison. Thus, despite the freeing of 18 persons, it did not appear that the situation of civil and political rights in Cuba had undergone any improvement in 2004.

Speaking as a concerned country, the Representative of Cuba said that the Government had cooperated with, and would continue to cooperate with, the thematic procedures of the Commission on Human Rights. Cuba would never, however, accept the spurious mandate of the Personal Representative of the High Commissioner. The report submitted on the human rights situation in Cuba stemmed from a resolution imposed on the Commission as a result of brutal pressure and blackmail exerted against several of its members by the United States and was based on slanders and lies as part of an anti-Cuban campaign.

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