Cuba places emphasis on the danger of political manipulation for interventionist purposes in the use of the concept of Responsibility to Protect.

New York, June 23rd, 2022For Cuba, it is inappropriate to speak of strengthening the implementation of the Responsibility to Protect, when the concept continues to pose serious concerns for many countries, particularly small and developing nations.

This was highlighted by the Cuban Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Yuri Gala López, when speaking at the plenary meeting on "The Responsibility to Protect and the prevention of genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity".

The Ambassador pointed out that to speaking of the Responsibility to Protect as a principle is also a mistake, since it is not a principle of International Law, but only a concept, whose scope, rules of application and evaluation mechanisms are still far from being specified and agreed upon by the Member States.

He underlined that in many cases promoting and attempting to implement the Responsibility to Protect only conceal the objective of having one more tool to facilitate interference in internal affairs, regime change agendas and subversion in third countries. Regrettably, the world history has more than enough examples to prove this concern.

In an international system as undemocratic as the one prevailing nowadays, the concept of "protecting" a population, using bombs that when detonating do not distinguish and in no way safeguard the life and personal integrity of those they are said to protect, is very disturbing, he added.

International efforts to prevent the occurrence of acts of genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing or crimes against humanity, objectives that Cuba has always shared, should contribute to strengthening the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations and International Law, particularly sovereign equality, territorial integrity and self-determination.

Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations

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