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Human Rights: The acknowledgement of Cuba’s Dignity

The visionaries who drafted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the hope of achieving a better world, were far from imagining that some time later the transcendental document would be the subject of manipulation. These deliberate misinterpretations would be the work of people who denigrated its postulates and then sought to condemn the nations that seriously undertake to honor it.

To be more direct, how can we understand that Cuba has been the target of criticism for alleged violations of Human Rights, while the blindness of other governments to their own domestic injustices is evident?

In his message to the 11th UN Conference on Trade and Development, held in June 2004, Fidel Castro, the Cuban Revolution leader, recalled that two million young girls worldwide are being forced into prostitution every year; 33 thousand children die every day in Third World countries from curable diseases. Another 325 million children have no access to education. On that occasion, Fidel recalled that the number of children, mothers, youths, adolescents and adults, who die each year from hunger, lack of medical attention and essential medications, is comparable to the combined victims of the two world wars,

However, no Cuban has been reported as contributing to these statistics. Cubans are guaranteed universal access to health care, education and to general wellbeing. However, this privilege is not the result of pure chance.

The policy implemented by the socialist state since the revolution triumph on January 1, 1959, is established in black and white in the Cuban Constitution. Chapters 4 through 7 refer to family, education, culture, equality, rights, duties and fundamental guarantees and are a direct reflection of the UN Declaration on Human Rights.

Those who accuse Cuba of human rights violations should take a minute to reflect on the way in which all children are loved in Cuba and contrast this reality with the situation of children in other parts of the world, where over 300 million youngsters are forced to work to help sustain their families.

Many governments, who are self-proclaimed champions of universal rights, spend 64 times more money annually in the preparation of each one of their soldiers for war than what they invest in the education of one of their children.

Slanders against Cuba cannot diminish the guarantees of all Cuban citizens disregarding ethnicity, sex or religion. Nor can these slanders alter the fact that since the triumph of revolution there has not been a single disappeared or tortured person in Cuba, there have been no death squads nor extra-judicial executions.

The Cuban people, who are aware of this reality, enjoy the rights established by the Universal Declaration adopted December 10, 1948, which states that the will of the people is the basis of public power.

 

Edited by Juan Leandro
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