Amnesty International: After 100 days of a new ‘president,’ Cuba remains a repressive state

No one should really be surprised that 100 days after the supposed retirement of dictator Raul Castro, Cuba remains a repressive state that brutally oppresses its people. Miguel Diaz-Canel, the president appointed by Castro, is nothing more than a puppet who sings and dances at the command of the Castro dictatorship. His movements are stilted and unnatural while the strings controlling his arms, legs, and mouth are impossible to miss.

That is unless someone makes believe they don’t see them and plays along with the charade. Unfortunately, that is more often than not the case.

Nevertheless, kudos to Amnesty International for calling out the ongoing repression in Cuba. They were silly to believe Diaz-Canel was capable of changing anything in Cuba, but at least they are saying something.

Via Amnesty International:

Cuba: 100 days in, new administration has yet to dismantle repressive state machinery

On the 100th day of Miguel Díaz-Canel’s term as president of Cuba, Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International, said:

“The news that Cuba’s National Assembly has signed off on a new constitution that, among other things, opens the path to legalize same-sex marriage if approved by referendum in the coming months, is a potentially huge step forward for the rights of LGBTI people in Cuba and the Caribbean. We welcome this advance and urge the government to embrace dialogue with all sectors of society and allow plurality of voices as it makes further reforms.

“However, during the first 100 days of the Díaz-Canel presidency, we continued to receive frequent and alarming reports of Cuban authorities arbitrarily detaining human rights defenders and holding them in short-term detention. Environmental activist Ariel Ruiz Urquiola was conditionally released earlier this month, although the authorities could still return him to prison for the rest of his sentence, while another prisoner of conscience, Eduardo Cardet, remains behind bars almost 20 months after his arrest simply for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression.

“Clever showmanship by public officials at Cuba’s Universal Periodic Review before the UN in May failed to mask the reality of life on the island, where the authorities maintain a web of control through practices such as arbitrary use of criminal law and discriminatory dismissals of state employees. Cuba’s new administration still has an opportunity to dismantle the repressive state machinery that continues to overshadow any other advances in its fulfilment of human rights.”

1 thought on “Amnesty International: After 100 days of a new ‘president,’ Cuba remains a repressive state”

  1. Wait, you mean anybody actually expected serious change from the new “president”? Is that a joke?

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