On October 5, Human Rights Watch (HRW), a leading international human rights non-profit, announced that next week the U.N. General Assembly should not re-elect Cuba to the U.N. Human Rights Council because Cuba “does not meet the criteria to be a member of the highest body“ due to its frequent rights violations.” HRW added the following specific reasons:
- “The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) reported in 2022 that [Cuban] state agents have carried out “systematic repression” against peaceful protesters and Cuban dissidents, and that the Government has committed “massive, serious and systematic violations of human rights.”
- “UN human rights experts have also reported on patterns of arbitrary detentions, mistreatment and torture in Cuba,while human rights organizations have documented hundreds of cases of political prisoners — including protesters, critics, journalists, independent artists and opposition leaders—detained for exercising their basic human rights.”
- Moreover, many of these detainees were “mistreated in detention, some tortured and hundreds subjected to procedures that violate the most basic rights.”
 Human Rights Watch, Russia and China should not join the Human Rights Council (Oct. 5, 2023);Human Rights Watch: ‘Cuba should not remain on the UN Human Rights Council, Diario de Cuba (Oct. 5, 2023).