A tribute to Cuba’s victims of terrorism by the Castro dictatorship

John Suarez in Notes from the Cuban Exile Quarter:

First International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism: Partial tally of the Castro dictatorship

Remembering and speaking truth to power.


Today is the first International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism, and it is a proper occasion to remember, continue to demand justice, and demand an end to the dehumanization and violence visited on our fellow human beings.

Victims of the Castro regime’s state terrorism on February 24, 1996

Last year the United Nations General Assembly, “in its resolution 72/165 (2017), established 21 August 2017 as the International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism in order to honor and support the victims and survivors of terrorism and to promote and protect the full enjoyment of their human rights and fundamental freedoms. Resolution 72/165 builds on existing efforts by the General Assembly, the Commission of Human Rights and the Human Rights Council to promote and protect the rights of victims of terrorism.”

According to the United Nations this action reaffirms the “promotion and the protection of human rights and the rule of law at the national; and international levels are essential for preventing and combating terrorism.”

But far too often the United Nations has honored those who have systematically violated human rights, ended the rule of law in their country, been a negative force internationally, and even sponsored and perpetrated terrorist acts.

Victims of the Castro regime’s state terrorism on July 13, 1994

On three occasions the United Nations paid homage to a dead dictator linked to terrorism and drug trafficking. First on December 1, 2016 the United Nations General Assembly held a moment of silence for Fidel Castro in New York City. Five days later on December 6, 2016 at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva Switzerland a moment of silence was held for Fidel Castro. Two weeks later on December 20, 2016 the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York City paid tribute to the dead Cuban dictator for the third time.

Worse yet, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) added “The Life and Works of Che Guevara” to the World Registrar. UNESCO is providing funds to preserve Che Guevara’s papers. Guevara in addition to promoting communist ideology, is best known as an advocate for guerrilla warfare who viewed terrorism as a legitimate method of struggle against an enemy.

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