Press Advisory: CFC welcomes Russia’s expulsion from the UN Human Rights Council. Calls for Cuba, China, and other violators to also be voted out to end UNHRC’s dysfunction at this time of crisis.

Press Advisory

Center for a Free Cuba welcomes Russia’s expulsion from the UN Human Rights Council, and calls for Cuba, China, and other violators to also be voted out to end UNHRC’s dysfunction at this time of crisis.

Washington, DC, April 7, 2022                                                             

Contacts: John Suarez (612) 367-6845

The Center for a Free Cuba (CFC) welcomes the expulsion of the Russian Federation from the UN Human Rights Council today by the UN General Assembly in a vote of 93 in favor of expulsion, 58 abstentions, and 24 against. Cuba was one of 24 countries together with China, Belarus, Eritrea, and Nicaragua that voted against Russia’s expulsion today. Both Cuba and China who currently sit on the UN Human Rights Council need to be voted off, along with other regimes actively hostile to international human rights standards to end the UNHRC’s dysfunction.

CFC applauds the work of UN Watch in objecting to the Russian Federation’s election to the UN Human Rights Council in 2020, and issuing a call for Russia to be expelled following their full scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022.

CFC also objected to the election of the Republic of Cuba to the UN Human Rights Council in 2020, and lobbied democracies around the world not to support a regime hostile to human rights becoming a member.

Sadly the dictatorship in Havana was voted onto the Council, and the Center’s executive director revealed that some European Union members had voted for the communist regime at the time.

“Cuba got 170 votes out of 192 possible.Twenty two countries did not vote in favor of the Castro regime, but there are 27 member countries of the European Union. One can also count the United States among the votes against. This means that most probably [at least] six members of the European Union voted in favor of the Castro regime,” said John Suarez following the 2020 vote.

“Putting Cuba on the UN Human Rights Council is like putting Jack the Ripper on a committee to end knife violence in London,” John Suarez, director of the Center for a Free Cuba, told EFE in October 2020.

UN Watch was quoted in CNBC where they described allowing China, Russia, Cuba, and Pakistan on the UNHRC in 2020 as the equivalent of “making a gang of arsonists into the fire brigade.”

The events of the past two months have demonstrated the error in legitimizing these regimes that are actively hostile to international human rights norms.

Havana has spent decades at the vanguard of undermining international human rights standards. On March 28, 2008 the Cuban delegation, together with the Organization of the Islamic Congress, successfully passed resolutions that turned the UN special rapporteur on freedom of expression into an investigator into abuses of freedom of expression.

Less than a year later, on February 2, 2009 during the first Universal Periodic Review of China, Cuban Ambassador, Juan Antonio Fernández Palacios, recommended that China repress human rights defenders with more firmness making a mockery out of the new human rights instrument.

Today, the Castro regime is backing the Russian invasion of Ukraine, repeating disinformation, and persecuting Cubans in the island who demonstrate their solidarity with the people of Ukraine.

“The Center for a Free Cuba (CFC), a partner organization in the Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy, welcomes and joins UNWatch’s call to expel China, Cuba, Eritrea, Libya, Mauritania, and Venezuela from the UN Human Rights Council”, stated John Suarez, Executive Director of the Center for a Free Cuba, adding that “now is the time to clean up the dysfunctional human rights council so that it can carry out its duties at this critical time.”

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