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Cuba finally signs up but with "reservations".


In February 2008 the Cuban regime finally signed covenants - part of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights - that commit Cuba to freedom of expression and association, and the right to travel. But the government has declared it has "reservations".Freedom of movement

The two pacts signed Thursday were the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The latter may be the focus of the government's main reservations.

A government communiqué, read out by Pérez Roque at United Nations headquarters and published in Cuba Friday, adds that "with respect to the reach and implementation of several aspects of these international instruments, Cuba will register the reservations or interpretative statements that it considers pertinent."
Although the minister did not clarify what those reservations will be, they will most certainly involve certain rights in the political sphere that the Cuban government has denied to political opposition groups.

In short: a signature on a document of which the Cuban regime has no intent to follow the letter nor the spirit.


See: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7270179.stm



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Cuba signs up for human rights

29 February 2008

Cuba signed two major human rights treaties at the UN in New York on Thursday. The country's Foreign Minister, Felipe Perez Roque, signed the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The treaties commit Cuba to respect rights including freedom of expression and association, and freedom of movement

Amnesty International welcomed the news and called on the country to ratify both treaties without reservation. Fernanda Doz Costa, Cuba researcher at Amnesty's Americas Programme, said that the Cuban authorities "must honour their human rights commitments by introducing measures to guarantee freedom of expression and independence of the judiciary, starting with the unconditional release of the current 58 prisoners of conscience.

"Amnesty International urges Cuba to accept the full range of obligations under these covenants, because human rights norms are the legal expression of the essential rights that every person is entitled to as a human being."

Source: http://www.amnesty.org/en/news-and-updates/good-news/cuba-signs-human-rights-20080229


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Universal Declaration of Human Rights


Adopted and proclaimed by General Assembly resolution 217 A (III) of 10 December 1948
On December 10, 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights the full text of which appears in the following pages. Following this historic act the Assembly called upon all Member countries to publicize the text of the Declaration and "to cause it to be disseminated, displayed, read and expounded principally in schools and other educational institutions, without distinction based on the political status of countries or territories."
PREAMBLE Now, Therefore THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY proclaims THIS UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance, both among the peoples of Member States themselves and among the peoples of territories under their jurisdiction.

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