Remarks by the Cuban Ambassador to China, Carlos Miguel Pereira Hernández during the virtual meeting with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet

Distinguished Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Dear Mr. Siddharth Chatterjee, United Nations Resident Coordinator in China,

Dear representatives of the diplomatic corps,

Cuba welcomes the visit to China of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and hopes all exchanges held in China can contribute to stablish, through mutual agreement, a good environment for cooperation and dialogue on human rights issue. Initiatives of technical cooperation in the most convenient framework for both sides should be welcomed.

Cuba adheres to the principles of universality, impartiality, objectivity and non-selectivity. It this regard, our country refuses politicization of human rights and double standards and does not support the use of human rights issues for interfering in other countries' internal affairs.

We support China's position on Xinjiang, Hong Kong and Tibet related issues, which are part of China’s internal affairs.

We celebrate the achievements reached by the Peoples´s Republic of China during the struggle against poverty. Since the reform and opening-up, about 800 million Chinese people have cast off poverty, representing over 70 percent of global poverty reduction.  The poverty eradication goal set out in the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was achieved 10 years ahead of schedule.

We also observe with satisfaction the achievements reached by People´s Republic of China in the last decades in economic and social areas.

In the current scenario, we recognize the role of China as a leading and coordinator actor between developing countries and regarding human rights protection. 

All countries should abide by the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations and respect the right of the people of each state to choose independently the path for development in accordance with their national conditions.


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