Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Tuesday, March 18, 2003

Castro is refusing to allow UN Human Rights Monitors.

Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque said Friday Havana "will not allow" U.N. human rights envoy Christine Chanet "to carry out her mandate" to visit the country and report on the human rights situation there.

Perez Roque said U.N. designation of a rights envoy to Cuba is invalid because it stems from a Human Rights Commission resolution that Cuba deems invalid.

The Peruvian-Uruguayan resolution, supported by several other Latin American countries and Canada, and passed last April by the commission, was the latest in a long series of resolutions by the commission condemning Cuba over its human rights climate. Perez Roque said the repeated resolutions are "fabricated by the United States with the basic objective of justifying its (four-decade) blockade and aggression against the Cuban people. ... Cuba has rejected and will continue to reject that anti-Cuban exercise." He added that not only the U.S. government but also the "Cuban mafia in Miami" is responsible for the resolutions.

If it is all lies what do they fear from UN monitors?

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