UN hypocrisy on women reaches new level with Cuba stance

John Suarez in PanAm Post:

UN Hypocrisy on Women Reaches New Level with Cuba Stance

Privileged Officials Praise Raúl Castro while His Agents Violate Female Rights Aplenty

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Sirley Ávila León of Cuba: a reform-minded official turned mutilated opposition activist.

The Castro regime has a record that stretches back decades of threatening, brutalizing, and murdering women who speak their minds and demand that human rights be respected in Cuba.

Back on September 17, 2013, the PanAm Post published my op-ed that explained how the Castro brothers got a pass for terrorizing and killing women. Unfortunately, the situation has gotten worse. The December 17, 2014, announcement of normalized relations between Cuba and the United States has been accompanied by new accounts of regime violence against women that have escalated in severity. Meanwhile, the international community have been complicit in their silence.

Consider Sirley Ávila León, an ex-delegate of the People’s Assembly of Majibacoa. She joined the democratic opposition after she was driven out of her position for trying to keep a school open in her community. Official channels ignored her, and when she went to the international media she was removed from office.

Following escalating acts of repression by state security, the mother of two, aged 56, was gravely wounded in a machete attack on May 24, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. The enforcer was Osmany Carrión, who had been “sent by state-security thugs,” Ávila León explains, for an act of aggression that “was politically motivated.”

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In a democratic country, Sirley would be a political leader in government representing her constituents, but in Cuba she is a target of brutal repression. Let’s just say she has yet to find support from UN Women, the agency of the United Nations that claims it is “for gender equality and women’s empowerment.” They are even promoting Raul Castro on their twitter stream.

Read the entire article HERE.