HAVANA TIMES – The General Assembly of the United Nations elected Cuba along with 13 other nations to join the Human Rights Council for the coming period.
The Council will begin its functions in 2014 with 13 countries from Africa , 13 from Asia -Pacific, 8 from Latin America and the Caribbean , 7 Western European and other States , and 6 from Eastern Europe.
The Cuban ambassador to the human rights organizations , Anayansi Rodriguez, said the vote is a recognition of the island , which “has been promoting initiatives concerning the right to food, the promotion of cultural rights and respect for cultural diversity.”
In 2006, the Council replaced the former Human Rights Committee Forum, criticized because of its “double standards and selective attacks against developing countries.”
However, critics of the Cuban system have presented complaints of violations of civil and political rights on the island, which have been ignored by the Cuban government.