Practice Relating to Rule 89. Violence to Life
In 2010, in its second periodic report to the Committee against Torture, Cuba stated:
In the case of offences committed as a prisoner of war, article 47.1 of the Military [Criminal Code (1979)] establishes that “a prisoner given a position of authority who performs acts of violence against the other prisoners, or mistreats them, shall be liable to a penalty of between five and 20 years’ imprisonment”. Paragraph (2) of this article increases the penalty to between eight and 20 years’ imprisonment, or death, “if … death of a prisoner results from the acts described in paragraph (1)”.
In 2011, in a response to UN General Assembly Resolution 63/51 on the observance of environmental norms in the drafting and implementation of agreements on disarmament and arms control, the representative of Cuba stated:
In addition, in the war of occupation of Iraq by the United States, the harm caused inter alia
to … human life has been devastating. This situation has been repeated, in the last few months, during the bombings carried out by NATO against the Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya.
In 2011, in a statement before the First Committee of the UN General Assembly, the representative of Cuba stated: “It is … outrageous to see how, under the justification of protecting civilians, NATO is carrying out genocide in Libya, in breach of arms control measures and using sophisticated highly lethal weaponry.”