New York, 13 October 2020. Despite the United States aggressive campaign against Cuba´s candidature to the Human Rights Council, the United Nations General Assembly elected Cuba as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council, for 2021-2023 term, with 170 of the 193 possible votes.
The Human Rights Council was established on 15 March 2006. It consists of 47 Member States of the United Nations, which are elected directly and by secret ballot by the Member States.
Cuba, a founding member of the Council, served for two consecutive terms in the body until 2012 and then for two more terms, between 2014 and 2019.
In said scenario, it has submitted resolutions on the right to food; cultural rights and cultural diversity; and the effects of external debt on the enjoyment of human rights, particularly economic, social and cultural rights, among other rights. The active participation of Cuba in the body has also resulted, inter alia, in the renewal of the mandate of the independent expert on promotion of a democratic and equitable international order.
With this new election, the Caribbean island reaffirms its commitment to an international order based on inclusion, social justice, human dignity, mutual understanding and promotion and respect for cultural diversity.
At the same time, it scuppers the current maneuvers of the United States administration that does not miss the opportunity to slander the exemplary performance of Cuba in terms of human rights.
The Caribbean island will continue to defend dialogue and cooperation with its own voice, in favor of the rights of all people.
Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations