Cuban LGBT activists seek political asylum in the Netherlands

On their way to Moscow from Cuba, several Cuban LGBT activists asked for political asylum in the Netherlands when their flight made a stopover in Amsterdam. While many believe Cuba has made incredible strides in gay rights, the facts on the ground tell a much different story. LGBT activists in Cuba who attempt any advocacy outside the clear lines and limits set by the dictatorship and without direct orders from the regime are quickly marginalized and quashed.

The activists seeking asylum in the Netherlands are apparently part of the LGBT community that tried to operate outside the government’s control. For that, they were harassed and oppressed.

Despite the acclaim from many LGBT rights groups showered on dictator Raul Castro’s daughter Mariela Castro for her supposed advocacy for gay rights, daughter Castro subscribes to her uncle Fidel’s unbreakable rule: “Within the revolution everything, outside the revolution, nothing.”

Via The Washington Blade:

LGBT Cubans seek asylum in the Netherlands

Two Cuban LGBT activists on Sunday asked for asylum in the Netherlands.

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Victor Manuel Dueñas, a Cuban LGBT rights advocate, gives a presentation at the Centro Comunitario de Cultura, an LGBT community center in Santo Domingo, Cuba, on May 16, 2017.

Victor Manuel Dueñas, who founded an LGBT community center in the Cuban town of Santo Domingo, and his cousin, bought roundtrip tickets to Moscow from Havana’s José Martí International Airport with a layover at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport.

Dueñas and his cousin left Havana on Saturday night and arrived in Amsterdam the next day. Dueñas posted a short video to his Facebook page before he and his cousin formally asked for asylum.

“A group of Cubans have come here,” he said.

Dueñas works independently of Mariela Castro, the daughter of Cuban President Raúl Castro who spearheads LGBT-specific issues on the island as the director of the National Center for Sexual Education.

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A Havana woman who is raising her late daughter’s three children with her same-sex partner last October received custody of them. Independent activists have nevertheless told the Blade that authorities harass and even detain them if they criticize Mariela Castro or her father’s government.

Maykel González and his partner, Carlos Alejandro Rodríguez, who are independent journalists and activists, were detained last September as they covered Irma preparations in the city of Sagua la Grande. Nelson Gandulla, president of the Cuban Foundation for LGBTI Rights, last May told the Blade that authorities prevented him from meeting with Gender Rights Maryland Executive Director Dana Beyer, Equality Florida CEO Nadine Smith and other American activists in Havana.

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1 thought on “Cuban LGBT activists seek political asylum in the Netherlands”

  1. These must be bad maricones, like Reinaldo Arenas, or like those bad Negroes they keep arresting. Poor Mariela Castro; she must be so disappointed. Move along.

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