The time in Havana, Cuba
Geneva, Swisszeland.-Cuba denounced today at the Council on Human Rights the destabilizing actions perpetrated in Venezuela that, in addition of violating law and order, are intended to forcibly overthrow the constitutional government. Speaking at the 25th ordinary session of the Council, Cuban Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Abelardo Moreno recalled that Venezualan authorities were elected by a sovereign vote in that nation, the only one with the ability to decide its own destiny. "The actions by destabilizing groups incited from abroad and promoted by irresponsible media manipulation and by minority fascist sectors in Venezuela should be condemned and repudiated in the strongest terms by the international community," he said. During his speech at the high-level segment of the Council, Moreno stated that when that agency was established, there were many doubts concering an entity where cooperation and genuine dialogue should prevail. Cuba, which had suffered politicization, double standards, and selectivity from the former Commission on Human Rights, always gave it the benefit of the doubt, he stressed. "Seven years after the establishment of that Council we confirm that the same formula, double standards and ideological manipulation that brought about the discredit of the Commission have unfortunately transferred now to Venezuela in many cases. Moreno also alluded to the violations of the right to privacy of millions of citizens worldwide due to scandalous global spying, which is another violation of State sovereignty.
Geneva, Swisszeland.-Former Cuban Minister of Foreign Affairs Abelardo Moreno today denounced at the Human Rights Council the case of the Cuban antiterrorist fighters who are serving long and unjust sentences in U.S. prisons.
The Five, as they are universally known, were convicted by a federal court in Florida on charges that were never proven, during a long and legal trial full of irregularities and violations of legal and human rights, Moreno stated.
Those fighters actually worked to prevent terrorist actions against Cuba, as well as against citizens from other countries, including the United States.
Two of the five, Rene Gonzalez and Fernando Gonzalez, were released from prison after completing their sentence, while Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labañino and Antonio Guerrero remain in prison.
In his speech at the high-level segment of the Human Rights Council, the deputy foreign minister recalled that those Cubans were held in solitary confinement for more than 17 months, the access to their lawyers was limited, and the visit of their relatives was prohibited.
He said that during all this time, they have had to suffer in the distance the loss of their loved ones, have been separated from their relatives, and left to see their children grow up, and one of them suffers a serious medical problem on his knees that may affect his ability motion.
"The U.S. President has legal authority to order their immediate release, the former Cuban foreign minister said.
Havana, Cuba.- The Cuban Council of State, at the suggestion of its president, has agreed to release Rafael Bernal as Minister of Culture, replacing him with Julian Gonzalez, current deputy minister within the ministry.
The note published today by Granma newspaper noted that Maria Elena Salgado was appointed Vice Minister, having developed important responsibilities within the Ministry of Culture during her 24 years of work experience.