CubaBrief: Castro regime to be elected to the UN Human Rights Council next week. Castro regime linked to disinformation networks suspended by Twitter

On October 13, 2020 at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City the Castro regime will be elected to the UN Human Rights Council in a process where there are three candidates and three spots. There will be no competition. In addition to Cuba, Saudi Arabia, China, and Russia are among the worst of the worst candidates in next week’s vote.

Rogues gallery running for UN Human Rights Council

Rogues gallery running for UN Human Rights Council

Last year, when Costa Rica ran to deny Venezuela a seat on the 47 member council. Venezuela beat out Costa Rica for one of the two Latin American seats that were up for election. Costa Rica had declared its candidacy in an effort to stop Venezuela, with its terrible human rights record, from joining the Council, but the backing of China, Russia, Cuba and other authoritarian regimes gave the Maduro regime the win over a country with a sterling human rights record.

Tomorrow UN Watch will hold a briefing at 9:00am EST featuring leading human rights dissidents from five of the candidate countries: China, Russia, Cuba, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan. Representing Cuba will be Rosa Maria Paya, of the Cuba Decide initiative. This will be an opportunity to speak truth to power, and to encourage the world’s democracies to speak out on this outrage.

Venezuela’s authoritarian despot will be joined on the UN Human Rights Council next week by Cuba, and together these rogue regimes will continue their efforts to degrade, and weaken international human rights standards. The new composition of the UNHRC will make it easier to shut down human rights investigations and continue the decades long global decline in human rights.

Earlier today, Facebook, and Twitter dismantled a global array of disinformation networks. According to Reuters, “Twitter said the five networks it had suspended were separately linked to groups with ties to the governments of Iran, Saudi Arabia, Cuba, Thailand and Russia.” Out of 195 countries around the world today, the regime in Cuba was one of five engaged in a global disinformation network.

Empowering and embedding rogue regimes into international organizations proved disastrous earlier this year when Communist China’s influence in the World Health Organization and international economic networks contributed both to disinformation about the Covid-19 pandemic that emerged out of Wuhan in late December 2019, and the global spread of the virus that rapidly impacted the world. Ten months later and the WHO is still waiting to obtain permission to send a team to examine how the pandemic started.

Reuters, October 8, 2020

Facebook, Twitter dismantle global array of disinformation networks

By Reuters Staff

LONDON/WASHINGTON, Oct 8 (Reuters) – Facebook Inc and Twitter Inc said on Thursday they had taken down more than a dozen disinformation networks used by political and state-backed groups to deceive users on the social media platforms in multiple countries.

In separate statements, the two companies said they had identified and suspended more than 1,000 accounts between them, which used fake identities and other deceptive behaviors to spread false or misleading information.

The networks announced on Thursday targeted users in a wide array of countries, including the United States, Saudi Arabia, Cuba, Thailand, Myanmar, Nigeria, the Philippines and Azerbaijan.

Facebook said the people responsible for the sweeping disinformation activity were often associated with political groups who targeted domestic audiences.

Twitter said the five networks it had suspended were separately linked to groups with ties to the governments of Iran, Saudi Arabia, Cuba, Thailand and Russia.

After coming under heavy fire for failing to stop alleged Russian efforts to sway the 2016 U.S. election, Facebook and Twitter have announced a string of high-profile takedowns in the weeks leading up to this year’s presidential vote.

In multiple cases, the social media companies have worked with U.S. law enforcement to track and dismantle political influence campaigns targeting U.S. voters which have been attributed to foreign states, most notably Iran and Russia.

Tehran and Moscow have repeatedly denied the allegations. (Reporting by Jack Stubbs in London and Christopher Bing in Washington; Editing by David Gregorio)

UN Watch, October 7, 2020

Dissidents To Contest UNHRC Candidates Ahead of Tuesday’s Elections,
Opposing China, Russia, Cuba, Saudi Arabia & Pakistan

NEW YORK, October 7, 2020 — Ahead of next week’s election of 15 new member states to the United Nations Human Rights Council, the independent human rights group UN Watch invites journalists to register for an online briefing and press conference on Friday, October 9th, at 10:00 am Eastern time, featuring leading human rights dissidents from five of the candidate countries: China, Russia, Cuba, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan.

Program: Briefing On UNHRC Elections and Candidates

• Hillel Neuer, UN Watch Executive Director, to present the Joint NGO Report on UNHRC Elections
• Yang Jianli,
 President of Initiatives for China, former political prisoner
• Rosa Maria Paya, Cuban human rights activist, daughter of late dissident Oswaldo Paya
• Vladimir Kara-Murza, Russian democracy activist and vice president of the Free Russia Foundation
• Taha Siddiqui, Award-winning Pakistani journalist exiled in Paris, attacked for criticizing the military
 Saudi Arabian dissident TBD

REGISTRATION: This event is exclusively for accredited media. To request access to the online video press conference, please contact Hilary Miller at