Surprise, surprise ...
It’s now been revealed that the real reason for Perez Roque’s trip was to gather support for the effective emasculation of the Geneva-based United Nations’ Human Rights Council.
The council is not much of a watchdog, to be sure, but at least it has the power to appoint special investigators – or rapporteurs – to look into specific human rights violations.
In the past, rapporteurs have been appointed to investigate human rights in Belarus, North Korea, Sudan, Chile (during the Pinochet era), the former Yugoslavia … and Cuba.
According to media reports, the Castro regime is leading a bid by a number of countries to strip the council of its power to appoint the rapporteurs, apparently because their appointment is “politically motivated” and “selective”.
The move by the regime in Havana has been attacked by human rights groups internationally, with activists warning that it will further erode the credibility of the UN, if successful.
Of course, you won’t be surprised to hear that the Castro regime has never allowed the special rapporteur on Cuba, the highly-respected French jurist Christine Chanet, to visit the island.