Seems the U.S. State Department’s primary work on Cuba is no longer trying to find ways to minimize and hide the human rights abuses committed by the Castro dictatorship.
Cuba is an “authoritarian state” where “neither the [recent] legislative nor the national elections were considered to be free or fair,” said the United States Department of State Human Rights report released Wednesday.
The 2018 report, issued by the State Department since 1977, evaluates the practices of roughly 200 counties and territories.
“Our aim is always to identify human rights challenges and use American influence and power to move every nation towards better, more consistent human rights practices,” said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
In the 30-page report that focuses on Cuba, the State Department outlines a long list of abuses including “unlawful and arbitrary killing by police; torture of political dissidents, detainees, and prisoners by security forces.”
The report also addresses censorship, limitations on academic and cultural freedom as well as the right to peacefully assemble.
“Government officials, at the direction of their superiors, committed most human rights abuses and failed to investigate or prosecute those who committed the abuses,” the report added.
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