Monday, June 1, 2009

Human Rights Council Eleventh Special Session

Cuba did not support the call for this special session

Statement by H.E. Ambassador

Juan Antonio Fernández Palacios,

Permanent representative of Cuba

(DM)At the outset allow me to extend my appreciation for the statement of the Minister of Disaster Management and Human Rights of Sri Lanka, Hon. Mr. Mahinda Samarasinghe, whose presence in this special session evidences the constant will of Sri Lanka of excanging with the international community, the importance Sri Lanka attaches to the Human Rights Council, of which it was a founding member, as well as the commitment of the country in this regard. Let me also pay tribute to Ambassador Dayan Jayatilleka, who I consider to be a tireless champion in defence of justice and principles in the framework of this Council. A prominent intellectual and patriot, for whom dialogue with others and honesty constitute basic premises when approaching any situation regarding human rights, no matter its complexity. Full text