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EU Presidency statement on the announcement by Cuba of its signing of key international human rights instruments

The Presidency welcomes the announcement on 28 February 2008 by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Cuba, Felipe Perez Roque, that Cuba has signed the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

The EU has long sought the universal ratification of these core instruments of international human rights law and the signing by Cuba of both Covenants represents a positive development.

In becoming a State Party to these legally binding international human rights law instruments, Cuba is freely assuming the obligations contained in these international documents.

The Presidency encourages Cuba to continue with these positive developments and to further strengthen its cooperation with the international human rights mechanisms. The Presidency looks forward to the implementation of these legally binding human rights obligations by Cuba.


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Date: 07.03.2008