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31 January 2003

Ambassador Bruno Rodriguez Parrila
Permanent Representative of the Republic of Cuba to the United Nations
UNITED NATIONS
New York NY 10017

Dear Ambassador Parrila,

Your statement before the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) of 16 November 1999 that addressed Agenda item 116 "Questions Relating to Human Rights," Articles c), d) and e) is a remarkable document in defense of the health and human rights of children, youth and families throughout the world, particularly of minorities and immigrants.

You rightfully addressed the scandalous condition of health and human rights violations of children and youth in the United States where 20% of American children live in poverty, where depression, suicide and the psychiatric drugging of American children and youth are of epidemic proportions-- to mention only a few of the life statistics that disgrace America (suicide rates in the 5-14 year age group has doubled over this past generation and suicide rates in the 15-24 age group has been the third leading cause of death for over a generation). More American children and youth in the 5-24 year age groups have committed suicide over this past decade than all American lives lost in combat during the ten year Vietnam War. Questions must be raised about the morality of the American Culture when more and more of its children and youth prefer death by suicide to living in America and in their own homes.

It is within this context, to note a remarkable achievement of Cuba, which has achieved an infant mortality rate of 7 per 1,000 births that is the same as the United States, given the great disparity of wealth and resources between Cuba and America. These and other statistics clearly support the conclusion that Cuba is a safer place to raise children than in America (New York Times Almanac, 2003).

You rightfully concluded in your address before the Third Committee that:

Cuba reiterates its willingness about cooperation and respectful dialogue, amongst equals, in the field of human rights, based on respect for the sovereignty of States, for the norms of International Law, and for the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter, which are more valid today than ever before."

It is within this context that I have a special request to present to President Fidel Castro Ruz through your office, as I believe that Cuba has a greater respect for the health and well-being of children than that which exists in my own country, as the relative statistics of child/youth poverty, violence against children/youth and the lack of child/youth health care attest, many of which you summarized in your statement before the Third Committee.

In many countries throughout the world, the first act of sexual violence against the child is the brutal act of ritual circumcision, which has no basis in medical practice, and has life-long consequences upon the emotional, sexual, social and mental health of the child, teen and adult. World-wide initiatives have been taken to bring an end to this barbaric sexual assault against helpless infants, children and teens. One of these efforts is The Ashley Montagu Resolution To End The Genital Mutilation of Children Worldwide: A Petition To The World Court, The Hague. This document is enclosed along with other supporting documents in support of the Montagu Resolution, particularly the letters of Nobel Laureat Francis Crick and Jonas Salk, Founder of The Salk Institute. Other endorsers and documents can be found at: http://montagunocircpetition.org.

This letter is to request from President Fidel Castro Ruz, Republic of Cuba to submit The Ashley Montagu Resolution to the World Court, The Hague for their review and action. It is understood that only Heads of State can petition the World Court for reviews and action.

It is also recognized that the 16th World Congress of Sexology is being held at the International Conference Center of Havana, Cuba, March 10-14, 2003. This would be a particularly propitious time to announce the forwarding of The Ashley Montagu Resolution to the World Court, The Hague by President Fidel Castro Ruz, if he would be willing to take this action on behalf of all of the world's children. Such action would be a momentous event to assure the beginnings of sexual and emotional health of all children worldwide and would bring international attention to Cuba's leadership in securing the health and well-being of children.

Your forwarding this communication and enclosures to President Fidel Castro Ruz, Republic of Cuba, would be gratefully appreciated and I would be pleased to provide additional information, as desired.

I am copying this letter to Mr. Dagoberto Gonzalez, Chief of Cuban Interest Section in Washington, DC, to selected officials of the 16th World Congress of Sexology and to selected supporters of the Ashley Montagu Resolution for their information.

Respectfully,

James W. Prescott, Ph.D.
Director
Institute of Humanistic Science

 

cc: Dagoberto Gonzalez
Chief of Cuban Interest Section, Washington, DC

Mariela Castro Espin, M..Sc. (Cuba)
President of the 16th World Congress of Sexology
Havana 2003

Eusebio Rubio-Aurioles, M.D., Ph.D. (Mexico)
President, International Scientific Committee

Marc Ganem, M.D. (France)
President of the World Association for Sexology

Beverly Whipple, Ph.D. (USA)
President-elect
World Association for Sexology

Marilyn Milos, R.N. (USA)
Director, NOCIRC



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