Tuesday, December 18, 2007

The UN human rights agreements

Cuba announced last week that it will sign two UN agreements by May of next year – the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Fidel Castro differed from the government’s “political decision” to sign these pacts because of provisions on labor unions and education. Here are a few excerpts from them:

  • “Anyone arrested or detained on a criminal charge shall be brought promptly before a judge or other officer authorized by law to exercise judicial power and shall be entitled to trial within a reasonable time or to release.”

  • “The right of peaceful assembly shall be recognized.”

  • “The States Parties to the present [economic, social, and cultural] Covenant recognize the right to work, which includes the right of everyone to the opportunity to gain his living by work which he freely chooses or accepts, and will take appropriate steps to safeguard this right.”

  • “The States to the present Covenant recognize the right of everyone to the enjoyment of just and favourable conditions of work which ensure, in particular:

Remuneration which provides all workers, as a minimum, with:

Fair wages and equal remuneration for work of equal value without distinction of any kind…”


Anonymous said...

Phil: You wrote that:

"Fidel Castro differed from the government’s 'political decision' to sign these pacts because of provisions on labor unions and education."

I find this interesting. How do you know he differed on this decision? Has he ever public differed on any decision made by the Cuban government since 1959? My guess would be no.

It seems to me the slow transition is starting to move forward. I welcome this as a hopeful sign. Would like to hear others comment.

Phil Peters said...

click on those words in the original post and you'll see where he wrote about it last week.