“The election of Cuba to this important post
recognizes the exemplary work of the Cuban Revolution in favor
of the human rights of its people and the world,” reads a
statement issued by the island’s embassy in Geneva.
“It also shows respect for Cuba’s active and
committed work as founding member of the UN Human Rights Council
in defense of truth and justice and for its leadership in favor
of the noblest causes,” the note adds.
“This election is a strong response of the
international community to the brutal anti-Cuba media and
political campaign of recent months,” the text points out.
“Cuba will significantly contribute to this task
based on its experience as a member of this body and as a member
of the former Human Rights Commission,” the statement notes.
Reyes, who will hold a Vice Chair representing
the Latin American and Caribbean Group, will be a member of the
Executive Board of the Council until June 2011.
The ambassador of Thailand, Sihasak Phuangketkeow,
was elected as President of the Council for the same period.