Cuba, Human Rights and Self-Determination

Submission to the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review, October 5, 2017

By Isaac Saney, Co-Chair & National Spokesperson, Canadian Network On Cuba.

Introduction

Cuba holds an admirable place in the international community regarding the protection and promotion of the rights of its citizens. In Cuba everyone is guaranteed an education and access to universal and free healthcare. In Cuba no one is “disappeared” or the victim of extra-judicial execution. In Cuba there are no homeless roaming the streets, no one left to fend for themself, eking out an existence in a dog-eat-dog society. Cuba is not a haven for the economic violence that reigns in so many countries. This submission will briefly summarize Cuba’s domestic achievements, as well, as the island’s considerable contribution to the well-being of the world’s nations and peoples.

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¡Fidel 90 y más!: A Revolutionary Legacy

by Isaac Saney, National Spokesperson, Canadian Network on Cuba

"There are men who struggle for a day and they are good. There are men who struggle for a year and they are better. There are men who struggle many years, and they are better still. But there are those who struggle all their lives: These are the indispensable ones." — Bertolt Brecht

Fidel Castro-Photo Reuters"Fidel! Fidel! Que tiene Fidel que los americanos no pueden con él!"

(Fidel! Fidel! What is it that he has, that the U.S. imperialists can't defeat him!) — Cuban Revolutionary chant

On August 13 Fidel Castro, the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, turns 90. Progressive, anti-war and social justice forces across the world will join in the celebration of the life of one of the world's most influential and significant leaders. It is especially worthwhile and necessary to mark and valorize the life and times of a man whose heart, without missing a beat, has withstood more than 600 assassination attempts by U.S imperialism.

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