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Cuba to the UN: Stop Following the US Approach to Terrorism

 


Torturing, kidnapping and extrajudicially executing people only undermines the fight against terror, said Cuba’s U.N. ambassador.

Cuba told the United Nations Security Council on Thursday that counter-terrorism strategy must not follow the model put forward by the United States.

“Wherever legal and ethical rules are violated, our international fight against terrorism would be losing legitimacy,” said Cuban Ambassador to the U.N. Rodolfo Reyes. Human rights abuses like torture, kidnapping, illegal detention, disappearances and extrajudicial executions are unacceptable, he said.

Counter-terrorism requires the cooperation of all, not the violation of other states’ sovereignty, Reyes continued, pointing to data seizures and government spying.

Reyes also appealed for the fight against terrorism to include all forms, “by whoever, against whomever and wherever it is committed”—including terrorism carried out by states.

The U.N. must not be selective in condemning some countries or some methods and condoning others to protect certain political and economic interests, he added. Impunity, double standards and manipulation all weaken the fight. Cuba has signed all 12 U.N. counter-terrorism conventions but was only removed from the U.S.’s list of state sponsors of terrorism in May.

teleSUR, April 15, 2016

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