La Havana, Cuba.-Cuba reiterated on Tuesday at the United Nations its commitment to the promotion and respect of human rights, shortly after being elected by the General Assembly to be part of the Human Rights Council. By the absolute majority and by way of direct and secret vote, the 14 new members of the Human Rights Council, a 47-member organ that replaced in 2006 the Human Rights Commission, a body criticized fpr its selective attacks against nations of the South.
The plenary session of the 193 UN member nations elected Cuba and Mexico for Latin America and the Caribbean; Algeria, Morocco, Namibia and South Africa for Africa; and China, Vietnam, the Maldives and Saudi Arabia for Asia-Pacific, the Prensa Latina news agency reported. It also supported the candidacies of Macedonia and Russia for Eastern Europe, and of France and the United Kingdom for Western Europe.
All these countries will begin their work on January 1, 2014, for a three-year period. The Cuban Permanent Mission at the UN stressed that the island will continue its efforts to promote the rights of the peoples to self-determination, peace, development, culture and food. In addition, it expressed its support for the establishment of an international democratic, equitable order, fight against racism, xenophobia and any other form of discrimination and for respect of diversity. Cuba will continue working to achieve the common objective of having a world where human rights for all is possible, highlights the text.