US Blockade violates the cuban people's right to food
Ziegler, who met with Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque on Thursday, said that the US coercive measure forces Cuba to develop-unlike any other nation-- under very difficult conditions in order to reaffirm its independence and sovereignty and protect its people.
The UN official congratulated Cuban authorities for the recent victory at the UN General Assembly, where 184 countries voted in favor of the Cuban resolution condemning the US blockade, four voted against and one abstained.
Ziegler criticized the Bush administration for failing to recognize the prevalence of human, social, economic and cultural rights in Cuba and recalled that over 854 million people are going hungry in today's world.
Meanwhile, the Cuban Foreign Minister stressed that the presence in Cuba of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food reveals the Cuban government's firm commitment to that mandate. It is also an expression of the island's support of non-discriminatory and non-selective universal mechanisms of human rights, said Perez Roque and added that it is also a proof of Cuba's willingness to cooperate with the new Human Rights Council, for which the island was elected a member by more than two thirds of the votes.
"Your visit to Cuba was possible particularly after the conclusion in Geneva of the mandate against Cuba, forcibly imposed in a selective and discriminatory way, and which we never accepted, and we will never accept," Perez Roque pointed out.
After praising the work done by the UN Special Rapporteur, the Cuban Foreign Minister announced that Cuba will invite other Human Rights Council rapporteurs next year.