Cuba elected vice president of the Human Rights Council

GENEVA, June 21.— Cuba has been elected as vice president of the Human Rights Council (HRC), the main UN agency that specializes in promoting and protecting human rights, PL reports.

During the annual organizational session of the HRC and to great acclaim, its members decided to elect Rodolfo Reyes Rodríguez, the Cuban ambassador in Geneva, to the post, in what is thought to be an acknowledgement of the work the island has done in this area.

Cuba’s election to this important post is a recognition for its exemplary performance and also the work of the Cuban Revolution in support of the human rights of its people and throughout the world, a statement from the Cuban embassy in Geneva reads.

“Likewise, it is a clear confirmation of the respect for the committed and active role of our country – a founding member of the HRC – in the defense of truth and justice and of our leadership in the struggle to vindicate the noblest causes,” it continues.

The communiqué specifies that “this election constitutes an emphatic response from the international community to the brutal anti-Cuban political media campaign, reinforced in the past few months by the international right wing.”

Reyes, who will occupy the vice presidency corresponding to the Group of Latin American and Caribbean States, will fulfill his mandate as a member of the Council’s executive committee until June 2011.

Sihasak Phuangketkeow, the Thai ambassador here, was elected to preside over the HRC during the same period. According to practice, it is up to the members of this committee to lead the review process of the agency, which will take place during the next 12 months of its work.

Cuba will make a substantial contribution to this task, thanks to its broad experience as a member of the agency and of the former Human Rights Commission, the note emphasizes.

Translated by Granma International


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