Cuba: Respect and protect human rights without reservations

Amnesty International today welcomed Cuba’s signing of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and called on the country to ratify both treaties without reservation.

“The new Cuban authorities must honour their human rights commitments by introducing measures to guarantee freedom of expression and independence of the judiciary, starting with the unconditional release of the current 58 prisoners of conscience,” said Fernanda Doz Costa, Cuba researcher at Amnesty International’s Americas Programme.

“Amnesty International urges Cuba to accept the full range of obligations under these covenants, because human rights norms are the legal expression of the essential rights that every person is entitled to as a human being “said Fernanda Doz Costa.