From the Institute For War And Peace Reporting:
Someone noticed that the recent tour of Cuban prisons orchestrated by the rulers of Castrogonia was less than legitimate. This article, buried in the back pages of Google News calls attention to the smoke and mirrors employed by the Castro Kingdom.
It should be on page one, but we all know why it is not….
Cuba Grants Prison Access on Own Terms
First visit in years highlights lack of regular outside monitoring.
By Yaremis Flores Marín
When the Cuban authorities offered foreign journalists rare access to the prison system last month, it was very much on their own terms.
The visit took place on April 9, less than a month before the United Nations Human Rights Council conducted its periodic review of the situation in Cuba. (See Cuba Goes Before UN Rights Body on some of the issues of concern.)
The tour for foreign and local journalists took in four institutions – the big Combinado del Este jail, a woman’s prison in Havana, an open prison and a juvenile detention centre. Cuba has about of the 200 penal institutions housing over 57,000 inmates – one of the highest per capita prison populations in the world.
Human rights organisations say abuse is rife in the penal system, and the government does not allow outside groups to conduct regular inspections.
Four years ago, Canada, France and Britain proposed a system under which the UN and other observers would conduct periodic reviews of Cuban prisons. Havana rejected the idea. In 2009, the Cuban government invited Manfred Nowak, the UN special rapporteur on torture at the time, to carry out research in the country’s prisons, but neither nor his successor was able to conduct such a visit.
This track-record, and the limited and orchestrated nature of the recent visit, have raised a doubts about what the foreign journalists were shown.
Much more HERE.