Human Rights in Cuba: Cuba´s cooperation with the United Nations human rights machinery

New York, 8 October 2020. Cuba has a long history of cooperation with all human rights mechanisms that are applied on a universal and non-discriminatory basis; maintaining the willingness to exchange on human rights based on respect and sovereign equality, in accordance with principles, objectivity, impartiality and non-selectivity as an essential support for international cooperation in the field of human rights.

Cuba is a State Party to 44 international instruments on human rights, of a total of 61.

Cuba is a founding member of the Human Rights Council and has had an active and positive performance in that body, with clear recognition by the international community to the reputation of the country in terms of human rights. The country served two consecutive terms in the body until 2012, and later for another two, between 2014 and 2019. 

In that context, 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 Caribbean nation has been visited by special procedures mandate holders of the Human Rights Council established on a non-discriminatory basis.

For instance, in 2017, the Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, especially women and children and the Independent Expert on human rights and international solidarity visited Cuba. These fruitful visits allowed exposing the national reality in these matters. 

Cuba continues to be committed to the struggle to establish a more just, democratic and equitable international order that eliminates obstacles to national efforts for the realization of all human rights.

Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations

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