Cuba condemns xenophobia at UN Human Rights Council

Campaign News | Tuesday, 3 February 2009

During the opening day of the Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in Geneva, Cuba called for a stronger commitment against xenophobia and racism.

Several countries from the South, including Cuba and Algeria, asked Berlin for a stronger commitment to neutralize xenophobia and racism, mistreatment of immigrants, and propaganda by ultra right-wing groups of a Nazi nature.

According to the Prensa Latina news agency, the opening session of the UPR mainly focused on criticisms and recommendations related to the xenophobic and racist practices in Germany.

The German delegation participating in the UPR's fourth period of sessions presented a report that includes some measures related to unemployment, assistance for development, violence against women, and discrimination.

Also on Monday, participants discussed a report presented by Djibouti, a small African country that has made progress in the field of human rights amidst a difficult battle to achieve development.

The Latin American nations that will present their reports to the UPR on this occasion are Cuba and Mexico. Other countries to do so include Canada, Bangladesh, Russia, Azerbaijan, Saudi Arabia, Cameroon, Senegal,China, Nigeria, Jordan, Mauritius and Malaysia.

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