Cuba's government has signed two key international human rights treaties that Fidel Castro long opposed.
But, the government says it had reservations about some
provisions and is accusing the United States of impeding the Cuban
people's enjoyment of their rights.
Fidel Castro was still president when Cuba announced December
10th that it would sign the accords on civil, political and
economic rights. At the time, he asked government television to
re-air his objections in case Cubans had forgotten his opposition.
The formal signing came four days after Fidel's younger brother,
Raul, permanently replaced him in the presidency.
Whether the signing by Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque marks
a turning point for human rights on the communist island nation
remains to be seen.