Press Release: Cuba maintains zero tolerance policy in the fight against trafficking in persons.

New York, September 28, 2017. In his statement at the High-level Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on the Evaluation of the United Nations Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons, Ambassador Rodolfo Reyes Rodríguez, Director General for Multilateral Affairs and International Law at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and member of the Cuban delegation to the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly, confirmed that Cuba will maintain a policy of Zero Tolerance towards this crime.

He stated that the experience of Cuba shows that it is possible to achieve results in the fight against trafficking in persons, even with few resources, under a tight blockade and amid the increasing complexity and internationalization of this crime, due to the social policies implemented throughout almost 60 years of Revolution, the prevention and participation of the whole society in its detection and confrontation.

Cuba, which ratified the Palermo Protocol and supports the principles of the Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, has a very low prevalence of crimes associated with this issue. The country recently received the visit of the Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, Ms. Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, who was able to verify firsthand the reality of the island on this matter.

The Cuban representative, in supporting international cooperation in the fight against the scourge, also denounced and demanded the abolition of the practice of some States to produce unilateral reports that evaluate and qualify, without any right, the other countries according to their own national laws on trafficking in persons, which he considered unacceptable.

Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations