Cuba at a Glance

A new constitution with transformational purpose

CUBA, August 2, 2018.- Council of State Secretary Homero Acosta outlined the principal elements of a constitutional reform proposal for National Assembly deputies, during the recently concluded period of ordinary sessions:

This proposal is the result of an effort begun by a Work Group led by Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, created by the Political Bureau, May 13, 2013, and is based on the relevant Legislative Foundations approved by this body on June 29, 2014.

Preparations underway for popular discussion of Constitutional reform

CUBA, July 31, 2018.- Concluded yesterday, July 30, in Havana was a two-day national seminar on the Constitutional reform consultation process, which included more than 280 provincial representatives of the Party, the Young Communists League, mass organizations, the Union of Jurists, political leaders of the Ministries of the Revolutionary Armed Forces and the Interior, as well as the commission charged with Implementation and Development of Policy Guidelines, the National Electoral Commission, the Center for Socio-political Studies, and the Ministry of Foreign Relations.

Commission working on Constitutional reform holds initial sessions

CUBA, june 4, 2018 .- Yesterday morning, June 3, the National Assembly commission of deputies charged with drafting and presenting Constitutional reform proposals held its first session at the Palacio de la Revolución.

Cuba reiterates its commitment to cooperate with the UN human rights system

Mr. President:

Twitter, which predates the UPR by a few years, has doubled the number of characters it allows; the Human Rights Council should consider following suit and allowing more time for the member states' speeches.

We are grateful to those who have participated in this dialogue and have made recommendations, on the basis of respect for the principles of sovereignty and non-interference in domestic affairs.

Statement by Jorge Juan Delgado Bustillo, First Deputy Director, Central Medical Cooperation Unit, Ministry of Public Health to the Third Cycle of the Universal Periodic Review of the Human Rights Council

The right to health in Cuba continues to be a reality and constitutes an essential right. Cuba's public health system provides universal coverage and free care, ensuring comprehensive medical care for 100 percent of the population.

Statement by Miriam Lau, Director for International Relations and Communication, Ministry of Labour and Social Security to the Third Cycle of the Universal Periodic Review of the Human Rights Council

We have continued to take steps aimed at strengthening and improving the protection of the rights of Cuban workers, including the non-state sector of the economy, in light of the process of updating our model of economic and social development. We pay special attention to the implementation of policies to enable full employment, encourage the incorporation of young people into work, protect working women and strengthen social security and assistance.

Statement by Olga Lidia Pérez Díaz, Director of Notary’s offices, Ministry of Justice to the Third Cycle of the Universal Periodic Review of the Human Rights Council

Cuba is a lawful State. The Cuban political system, its electoral system, the structures and functioning of government, human rights, the guarantees for their exercise and the duties of citizens are regulated by legal provisions.

Statement by Luis Emilio Cadaval San Martin, Official, Ministry of Interior to the Third Cycle of the Universal Periodic Review of the Human Rights Council

Mr. President,

Improving Cuba’s penitentiary system is a priority for the Ministry of the Interior and other State agencies and institutions. We have continued to ensure fair treatment of persons deprived of liberty and decent living conditions in penitentiary facilities, in accordance with international standards.

Statement by Rafael Ángel Soler López, Chief of the Citizen Services Division, Attorney’s General Office to the Third Cycle of the Universal Periodic Review of the Human Rights Council

The Attorney General's Office is responsible for monitoring and preserving legality, on the basis of strict compliance with the Constitution, laws and other legal provisions.

Statement by Eldys Baratute Benavides, Member of the Cuban Parliament, President in Guantánamo of the “Asociación Hermanos Saíz”, Ministry of Culture to the Third Cycle of the Universal Periodic Review of the Human Rights Council

Cuba's cultural policy has shown strict adherence to the promotion and protection of cultural rights. With a view to promote access to culture, freedom of artistic creation and the right to enjoy art, there is a broad network of cultural institutions, aimed at ensuring continued support for creators and bringing cultural services, most of them free or subsidized, closer to citizens.

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