The respect for the right to life, liberty, and security of person is essential for the exercise of all human rights. In that context, the practice of extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions is set as an abominable act of flagrant violation of human rights, especially the right to life and to the physical integrity of the victims.
Cuba firmly rejects these practices and endorses the urgent need to take effective measures to prevent, combat, and eliminate actions of this sort, including the obligation to see that such acts do not go unpunished.
Guaranteeing the protection of the right to life of all persons, without distinction, constitutes an avoidable responsibility of all States, particularly in the case of persons or specific groups of persons that are especially vulnerable.
To Cuba, every act of extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary execution is condemnable, unjustified and illegal, including those based on clearly discriminatory grounds such as race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status, or any other kind of discrimination detrimental to the human dignity.
In Cuba, discrimination is constitutionally proscribed, whatever its nature. There is no legislation whatsoever that penalizes a person on grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity.
The Cuban National Center for Sex Education and the Cuban Multidisciplinary Society for the Study of Sexuality (SOCUMES), along with other institutions, have promoted the respect for the liberal sexual orientation and gender identity in line with the political will of our State and Government to ensure the full equality of all Cuban men and women.
In tune with this position, Cuba reiterates its rejection of extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, whatever their motivations, including those committed on grounds of sexual orientation.
New York, 6 December 2010