Guantánamo prison should be closed “promptly” and dismantled

The detention centre at Guantánamo Bay should be closed “promptly” by the United States and dismantled, said the UN’s expert on judicial independence.

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UN rights chief urges Cuba to halt harassment of activists and respect human rights

The top United Nations human rights official expressed concern today over the extremely high number of arbitrary arrests and short-term detentions of individuals, including human rights defenders and dissidents, in Cuba in recent weeks.

Cuba tourism expected to grow with thawing of US relations

Cuba has been out of bounds for American tourists for more than 50 years due to the US embargo on the Caribbean country, but the number of US visitors is set to grow according to International Monetary Fund (IMF).

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Sanctions on Iran and Cuba need phasing out, says expert

The time has come for a “phasing out” of sanctions on Cuba and Iran to protect the most vulnerable members in society, a leading human rights investigator said Wednesday.

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Cuba achieves global milestone in eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis

Cuba has become the first country to receive validation from the World Health Organization (WHO) for eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis.

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Ban welcomes restoration of diplomatic ties between Cuba and the United States

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed today's announcement that Cuba and the United States will reopen their embassies in Havana and Washington, D.C.

Cuba: UN rights office hopes release of political prisoners paves way for freedoms to flourish

The United Nations human rights office today welcomed Cuba’s recent release of political prisoners, hoping this new development will help open the way for an environment where freedom of expression and association flourishes.

UN expert group on arbitrary detention welcomes the release of detainees in Cuba, US

The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention today welcomed the recent release of a number of detainees in Cuba and the United States, some of whose cases have been followed by the expert group.

Ban Ki-moon hails decision by US, Cuba to normalize relations

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the “very important step” taken by the leaders of the United States and Cuba towards normalizing relations between the two countries.

General Assembly renews call for end to US embargo against Cuba

For the 21st consecutive year at the United Nations, the General Assembly today adopted a resolution calling for an end to the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba.