Cuba Slams Washington at UN Session on Human Rights

News from Cuba | Monday, 18 March 2013

Cuba reiterated its “unconditional” solidarity with Venezuela on Wednesday during a U.N. session in New York, while criticizing President Barack Obama's measures against the South American country as an attempt to deviate attention away from Washington's flagrant human rights violations in the United States and in other countries.

“We reject the aggressive executive order issued by President Barack Obama (in which he declared Venezuela an extraordinary threat to the national security of the United States),” said Anayansi Rodriguez, Cuba's permanent representative to the United Nations in Geneva.

Her statements were within the framework of the 28th period of sessions of the body's Human Rights Council.

“Nobody has the right to interfere in the internal affairs of sovereign nation, nor do they have the right to declare it a threat to their national security without any foundation,” she added.

The Cuban diplomat stated that what the United States is actually doing is “attempting to hide their flagrant violations of human rights in their country as well as in other parts of the world.”

Rodriguez questioned the U.N. human rights representatives why they don't ask the United States for a report on repression and other abuses committed against the black community by authorities in Ferguson, Missouri, where unarmed teenager, Michael Brown, was killed last August by police officer Warren Wilson, who was not charged for the crime.

The United States nor any other Western nation has moral ground to judge other countries, emphasizing that they are plagued with problems of unemployment, illiteracy, racism, xenophobia, abuses against migrants, poverty, hunger and with social insecurity.

“None of the countries criticizing the nations of the South have been capable of recognizing their own human rights issues, which they are perpetrating beyond their borders as well,” she added, while criticizing Western countries for being hypocritical and for having double standards when it comes to judging other nations.

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