Universal Periodic Review 2013: list of demands rejected by Cuba on Human Rights

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In the second Universal periodic review, in the heart of the United Nations, Cuba rejected numerous basic requests on Human Rights, from at least 20 countries around the world, especially in the European Union


Belgium, Czech Republic, Australia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Romania, Canada, Hungary, Estonia, Spain, Ireland, United Kingdom, France, Germany, United States, Netherlands, Poland and Austria have made numerous recommendations/requests in the field of human rights, which Cuba did not doubt to reject:

  • Recommendation 170.139: Implement legal safeguards to ensure protection of human rights defenders, including journalists, against abuse of provisions for criminal prosecution (Czech Republic) and release all political prisoners (Belgium, Czech Republic, Slovenia);
  • Recommendation 170.162: Amend the Law of Criminal Procedure in order to avoid the cases of indefinite extension of the preliminary investigation (Belgium);
  • Recommendation 170.173: Lift the restrictions that hinder free expression and ensure that human rights defenders and independent journalists are not victims of intimidations or arbitrary prosecutions and detentions (Switzerland);
  • Recommendation 170.174: End measures to restrict freedom of expression and assembly including short-term detentions and the use of criminal charges such as “precriminal social dangerousness”, “contempt” and “resistance” (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland);
  • Recommendation 170.175: Repeal legislation relating to so-called “pre-criminal social dangerousness”, as provided for in Articles 72, 73 and 74 of the Cuban Penal Code (Ireland);
  • Recommendation 170.172: Allow freedoms of expression, association and assembly, and allow human rights associations to obtain a legal status through inclusive and official registration (Spain);
  • Recommendation 170.171: Remove restrictions on freedom of expression notably concerning the connection to the Internet (Romania); Reconsider all the laws that criminalize or restrict the right to freedom of expression and the right of internet freedom (Estonia); Lift restrictions on the rights to freedom of expression that are not in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and to ensure affordable and unhindered access to the internet for all (Hungary);
  • Recommendation 170.138: Allow for independent investigations into the circumstances surrounding the deaths of Oswaldo Paya and Harold Cepero (United States of America); Carry out an independent investigation of the car accident of Oswaldo Payá (Czech Republic);
  • Recommendation 170.176: Eliminate or cease enforcing laws impeding freedom of expression (United States of America);
  • Recommendation 170.179: Take further measures to improve freedom of expression by allowing for an independent media and improving access to information through public access to the internet by taking advantage of the recent investment in the fibre optic network (Canada);
  • Recommendation 170.182: Guarantee a safe, free and independent environment for journalists and ensure that all cases of attacks against them are investigated by independent and impartial bodies (Austria);
  • Recommendation 170.183: Put an end to repression, investigate acts of repudiation and protect all persons who are the targets of intimidation or violence (Netherlands);
  • Recommendation 170.184: Liberate immediately and unconditionally all the prisoners held in temporary detention or sentenced in connection with exercising their freedom of opinion and expression as well as freedom of assembly and association (Poland);
  • Recommendation 170.187: Release Alan Gross and imprisoned journalists such as Jose Antonio Torres immediately (United States of America);
  • Recommendation 170.188: Discontinue the limitations on civil society activities, including the short-term detention of political activists (Australia);
  • Recommendation 170.189: Refrain from the harassment, intimidation and arbitrary detention of human rights activities (Germany);
  • Recommendation 170.190: Halt short-term detentions, harassments and other repressive measures against human rights defenders and journalists and implement legal safeguards to ensure their protection against abuse of provisions for criminal prosecution (Hungary);
  • Recommendation 170.192: Reduce government influence and control over the internet as part of a broader commitment to freedom of expression (Australia);
  • Recommendation 170.193: Put an end to online censorship (Germany);
  • Recommendation 170.177: Guarantee the freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, as well as the free activity of human rights defenders, to independent journalists and political opponents (France);

You can access original document in this link to the Universal Periodic Reviiew on Cuba 2013.


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