Friday, April 16, 2004

Violence amidst Invocations of Human Rights

The UN Human Rights Commission failed to condemn violations of human rights in China, Russia and Zimbabwe. The E.U. had proposed resolutions condemning Zimbabwe as well as Russia for its record in Chechnya, and the U.S. had sought action against China. However the EU and US did manage to unite to condemn abuses in North Korea and Cuba.

In response, a Cuban delegate physically attacked Frank Calzon, the Cuban-American head of the Washington-based Center for a Free Cuba. According to The Guardian, "U.N. security guards had to subdue the Cuban delegate," who had knocked Calzon to the ground. The act was one of several examples of intimidation used by the Cuban delegation against Americans to prevent the passage of a resolution condemning Castro's bloody regime.

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