US embassy cable - 02ABUJA1254

58TH UN COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS: CUBA

Identifier: 02ABUJA1254
Wikileaks: View 02ABUJA1254 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Abuja
Created: 2002-04-22 12:02:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL//NOFORN
Tags: PHUM UNHRC
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C O N F I D E N T I A L ABUJA 001254 
 
SIPDIS 
 
 
NOFORN 
 
 
DEPT FOR IO, DRL 
 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 04/22/2012 
TAGS: PHUM, UNHRC-1, PREL, AORC, CU, NI 
SUBJECT: 58TH UN COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS: CUBA 
 
REF: A. ABUJA 1229 
     B. ABUJA 1218 
     C. ABUJA 1164 
 
 
CLASSIFIED BY DCM ANDREWS. REASONS 1.5 (B) AND (D). 
 
 
1. (C) Further to Ref A, PolCouns April 19 passed a copy of 
the draft Cuba resolution and diplomatic Note to Principal 
Secretary to President Obasanjo, Stephen Oronsaye. PolCouns 
 
SIPDIS 
emphasized that GRULAC states had come forward to sponsor and 
support the resolution and that the resolution was mild in 
tone, especially in view of the fact that the Cuban 
government had intensified its intimidation of pro-democracy 
activists and had committed numerous other human rights 
abuses during the year.  He told Oronsaye that the resolution 
was the top CHR priority for the USG. 
 
 
2. (C) PolCouns remarked that Nigerian endorsement of the 
resolution would be deeply appreciated.  At the very least, 
Nigeria should factor the considerable GRULAC support and the 
low-key tenor of the resolution into its decision by 
abstaining.  Oronsaye nodded affirmatively, stating he would 
pass the message to the President. 
 
 
3. (C/NF) Despite our efforts, Nigeria not only voted against 
the resolution but actively solicited others to do so as 
well.  Nigeria has a general policy of voting against 
country-specific resolutions.  We understand that Nigeria's 
Ambassador in Geneva began the session with instructions to 
vote no, and we were told privately that these instructions 
were reaffirmed by the Foreign Ministry approximately two 
days before the vote.  We do not know what role Presidency 
officials or President Obasanjo himself might have played in 
the original or subsequent instructions.  Indeed, we cannot 
confirm that he considered our demarche before the vote took 
place. 
JETER 

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