73 UNGA: Statement by the Cuban delegation at the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Mr. Nils Melzer. New York, October 15, 2018.

Mr. Chairman,

We appreciate the presentation of Mr. Nils Melzer, Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, and we take note of the report submitted.

We would like to emphasize that in Cuba, until 1959, torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment were the common practice of the authorities, which reached its climax in the days of the bloody dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista, whose torturers and henchmen received reliable shelter in the United States after the triumph of the Cuban Revolution, which put an end to that State policy.

Cuba became a State Party to the Convention against Torture since May 1995 and has strictly complied with its postulates and contractual obligations. Cuba has taken the necessary measures to prevent the implementation of acts banned in the Convention, considering them an outrage against human dignity and a violation of national and international regulations on the matter.

In relation to the report presented and in particular to paragraph 24, we would appreciate the Rapporteur could elaborate on the mechanisms or ways that can be implemented to ensure that serious violations of human rights and acts of torture committed by the United States in the detention center located in the territory seized by the US Naval Base in Guantanamo, stop, obtain justice and due legal redress.

Thank you