AI & Human Rights in Cuba: Let them eat cake

An image of a cake that looks like Fidel Castro’s face with the mouth cut out used in an Amnesty International human rights campaign has gone viral.

Juan Tamayo in the Miami Herald has the report:

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Fidel Castro’s face on a cake for human rights campaign goes viral

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro’s face — minus mouth — is on a cake as part of a human rights campaign. Now, many want the recipe.

An image created for a prominent human rights group showing a cake with Fidel Castro’s face, a thick slice taken out of his mouth and the words, “the voice of oppression,” has gone viral on the Internet.

The image was created for an Amnesty International publicity campaign that was cancelled “because it did not fulfill our requirements” — not to avoid offending Castro, Sharon Singh, the group’s spokeswoman, said Wednesday.

“We believe in free speech,” Singh told El Nuevo Herald by phone from the group’s offices in New York City.

Created by the Euro RSCG Prague advertising company in the Czech Republic, the image was part of proposal for a publicity campaign marking the anniversary of Amnesty International’s founding in London in 1961, Singh said.

It shows a cake in the shape of Castro’s face, wearing his traditional olive green military cap and with a slice taken out of his mouth and chin.

A sign in English in the lower right corner says, “50 years together with you cutting down the voice of oppression” and displays Amnesty International’s well-known logo of a candle wrapped in barbed wire.

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