Cuban women applauded in Geneva
Campaign News | Monday, 5 April 2004
Delegate walks out when US terrorist interrupts her
Geneva, Apr 5: A Cuban delegate to the UN Human Rights Commission was applauded for her analysis of the problems of women in the world, saying "we speak of the feminization of poverty in the world, but in Cuba we can say there is a feminization of rights."
Maria del Carmen Herrera, speaking for the island on theme 12, the rights and perspective of women at the commission, gave an analysis considered pivotal by many observers, in which she spoke of the enormous gains of women in Cuba despite a brutal, 45-year blockade by the United States.
Her speech about the sufferings of the women family members of the Cuban Five- unjustly imprisoned in the US - was interrupted by the Washington delegate, known terrorist Zuniga Rey, whom Cuba had petitioned commission leadership to remove due to his long record of terrorism and his ties with the notorious Luis Posada Carriles cureently awaiting sentencig in Panama for the possession of explosives that Cuba says was destined for use against Fidel Castro.
When Maria del Carmen Herrera?s call for a point of order against "this shameful lack of decency and respect" was ignored by Australian Mike Smith, serving as president-pro-temp of the commission, the Cuban diplomat left the hall.
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