Cuba underlined in Geneva the need for a more just, democratic and equitable international order which removes the barriers to national efforts for the realization of all human rights.

Minister of Foreign Relations, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla Photo: Estudio Revolución

Speaking before the UN Human Rights Council on March 2, Cuban Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodríguez, said the Caribbean nation remains committed to genuine international cooperation, based on the indivisibility of these rights, non-selectivity and non-politicization.

We're sending an invitation to the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, to visit our country, he added.

Rodríguez also noted that it had been agreed to resume the high-level bilateral dialogue with the High Representative of the Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

We will continue to be involved, within the agreed reciprocal basis of sovereign equality, mutual respect, non-interference in internal affairs and respect for the the legal system of the parties, in the negotiation of a Cooperation Agreement between the EU and Cuba, he said.

Conscious that we have profound differences with the U.S. government in the spheres of political systems, democracy, human rights and international law, and given the will of both countries to advance within these in a civilized manner, we proposed last July that we hold a mutually respectful and reciprocal bilateral dialogue, Rodríguez emphasized.

The diplomat added that the U.S. State Department recently communicated its acceptance and that the dialogue will begin in the coming weeks.

The Cuban party will attend in a constructive spirit, according to its convictions, open to international cooperation, and will be respectful and transparent in expressing its serious concerns regarding human rights in the United States, he said.

Cuba considers the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed on it as a flagrant, massive and systematic violation of the human rights of all Cubans.

The Cuban government appreciates the acknowledgment by U.S. President Barack Obama that the blockade causes damages to the Cuban government and his willingness to engage in a debate with Congress with a view to its elimination, the Minister noted.

During his speech, Rodríguez also reiterated Cuba’s support for the Bolivarian Revolution and the legitimate government of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, while he condemned the unilateral sanctions imposed on the country and the continued external intervention aimed at creating a climate of instability.

He also expressed the support of the Cuban government for the inalienable right of the Palestinian people to have their own State, according to the pre-1967 borders and with its capital in East Jerusalem.