Posted by: becketfund | February 28, 2008

Cuba: International Rights Treaties Signed “With Reservations”

HAVANA – Cuba became a signatory to two important human rights documents, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (ICESC), four days after Raul Castro permanently replaced his brother as the country’s president, the Associated Press reported on February 28.  Article 18 of the ICCPR guarantees freedom of thought, conscience and religion, while Article 2 of the ICESC asks state parties to the treaty to ensure equal rights for its citizens regardless of any differences, including religious belief. Despite signing both treaties, Cuba stated that it still harbored “reservations” about certain provisions, which it said it would clarify later, during the treaty ratification process.

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