Cuba undergoes its 2nd Universal Periodic Review before the UN Human Rights Council

Via Notes from the Cuban Exile Quarter:

Cuba undergoes its 2nd Universal Periodic Review before the UN Human Rights Council today

“Yet is it far better to light the candle than to curse the darkness.” – W.L. Watkins 

The state of Cuba undergoes its second quadrennial evaluation at the 16th session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) before the United Nations Human Rights Council today beginning at 2:30pm and ending at 6:00pm Geneva time and can be viewed here in real time. It is a quadrennial review conducted between states. The Cuban dictatorship is doing everything possible to circumvent and subvert the process.

The UPR itself is a peer review which means that only states can participate and as the Heritage Foundation has observed it can turn the process into a “mutual praise society” for repressive regimes. In addition to this, the Cuban government flooded the non-governmental organization submissions with GONGOS (Governmental Non-Governmental Organizations) to subvert the summary prepared by the Office of the High Commisioner for Human Rights of NGO submissions.

The totalitarian state in Cuba controls all mass media and is churning out propaganda to cover up its dismal human rights record. Finally, although Cubans on the island do not have easy access to the internet the dictatorship is engaged in a full out offensive in social media and twitter. Nevertheless it will fail in 2013 as it did during its first review in 2009 because the truth does get out despite all of the Cuban regime’s desperate maneuvers. You can play a role in frustrating the regime’s designs by tweeting about human rights violations in Cuba using hash-tags such as #UPR16, #CubaUPR, and #Cuba #UPR along with concrete, well documented information on outrages committed over the past four years. Think about it for a moment, just a partial list of the activists who have died extrajudicially over the past four years: Orlando Zapata Tamayo, Juan Wilfredo Soto García, Laura Pollán, Wilman Villar Mendoza, Harold Cepero Escalante and Oswaldo Payá Sardiñas. Things are getting worse not better. The trends are troubling for human rights defenders.

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