Saturday, January 31, 2009

Cuba objects to UN rights report

Cuba objects to UN rights report
Sat, 31 Jan 2009 00:58:53 GMT

Cuba has objected to the UN about a report summarizing the outlook of
human rights campaign groups, saying that it did not adequately reflect

United Nations human rights office has received submissions from 326
"non-governmental organizations" (NGOs) ahead of the Human Rights
Council's meeting next week to review Cuba's track record.

The documents included some 2,000 pages of often repetitive praise about
life on the Caribbean island from different NGOs, sources close to
matter told AFP.

Those accounts also emphasized the damaging impact of the US economic
embargo on Cuba.

The 10-page report on NGO submissions is meant to help the 47 member
states on the council get a balanced overview of what human rights
groups think about the situation in Cuba before the review and public

But a UN rights spokesman said Havana formally lodged a protest about
the way the report was compiled, complaining that it did not adequately
reflect the praise given by the majority of the submissions.

Rupert Colville, a spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Human
Rights, acknowledged that his office found the number of NGO submissions

"Normally they come in dozens, not hundreds," he noted.But he insisted
that the normal procedure had been followed.


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