Cuba ratifies commitment to human rights and denounces aggressions
Geneva, Feb 23 (Prensa Latina) Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez on Tuesday repeated Cuba's commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights, and denounced the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States.
Speaking through a video conference at the 46th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Rodriguez noted that Cuba has given irrefutable proof of its firm commitment to the promotion and protection of the human rights of its people and other peoples in the world.
On the second day of the high-level segment of the forum, being held in this Swiss city until March 23, the foreign minister pointed out that Cuba has continued making progress in the construction of an independent, sovereign, socialist, democratic, prosperous and sustainable nation, on the basis of our people's demonstrated resistance and creativity, in spite of the US-imposed brutal blockade, which has been hardened to extreme levels by the outgoing administration of Donald Trump, which included Cuba in the unilateral and spurious list of State Sponsors of Terrorism, Rodriguez warned.
When referring to the attacks on Cuba, the head of diplomacy told the Human Rights Council that the manipulation of the noble cause of human rights at the service of twisted political interests is unacceptable.
'In the face of the attempts to defame our nation and obscure its undisputed achievements concerning human rights, we will defend our truth and will never relinquish our sovereignty and independence,' he stressed. According to the foreign minister, Cuba will steadily move forward ̶ and will keep doing so in the future ̶ on the path of improving our socioeconomic development model, and strengthening the legal and institutional framework for the protection and promotion of all human rights for all, under the guidance of the new Constitution of the Republic of Cuba.
In that regard, he highlighted initiatives such as the National Program against Racism and Racial Discrimination, in force since late 2019, and the National Plan for the Advancement of Women, approved in November 2020.
Regarding the Covid-19 pandemic, Rodriguez noted its impact, which has exacerbated the grave problems and colossal challenges humankind was already faced with and exposed new threats, including the frailty of health care systems.
The promotion, protection and respect of the right to health are particularly relevant in the current context, he underlined.
Rodriguez added that in Cuba, the existence of a free-of-charge, high-quality and universal-coverage health care system guarantees the right to health of all Cubans and has allowed us to tackle the pandemic with positive results.
Nowadays we have four vaccine candidates against COVID-19, each at a different phase of clinical trials, which are the result of the development of Cuban science and the hard work of our scientists. We expect to be able to immunize the entire Cuban population this year, he explained.
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