Cuba seeks to contribute with Human Rights Council work

United Nations - With its candidacy to the UN Human Rights Council, Cuba seeks to decisively strengthen a cooperative and constructive dialogue approach.

Cuba's Alternate Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ana Silvia Rodriguez posted Thursday this statement on her Twitter account, and shared an image with data on the island's work in that sphere.

The computer graphics offers details of Cuba's achievements in gender equality and women's empowerment, the right to equality and the fight against racial discrimination, the promotion and protection of the rights of children and adolescents, and the right to health and medical cooperation, among others.

According to the Havana-based Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cuba is a founding member of the United Nations Human Rights Council and performs in agreement with developing countries, defends the voice of the South and Non-Alignment.

In February 2020, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez announced in Geneva the Caribbean country's candidacy to join that body in the 2021-2023 period.

During his speech at the high-level segment of the 43rd Session of the Council, Rodriguez reiterated Cuba's support for the body, made up of 47 member States, which are elected by the UN General Assembly as of an equitable geographical distribution.

The foreign minister warned in that speech held at the Palace of Nations in Geneva that after 75 years of the atrocious atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the defeat of fascism, the defense of multilateralism, International Law and the UN Charter maintains full force.

Founded in 2006 to replace the Human Rights Commission, and criticized for manipulation and double standards against countries of the South, the Council's members will serve three-year terms and are not eligible for immediate re-election after two consecutive terms.

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