U.S. State Dept. protests socialist Cuban dictatorship’s restrictions on prisoner of conscience Dr. Eduardo Cardet

Cuba’s socialist dictatorship may have placed Cuban prisoner of conscience Dr. Eduardo Cardet on parole and released him from a gulag, but they are still imposing severe restrictions on him. For all intents and purposes, Dr. Cardet is now imprisoned by the Castro dictatorship in his own home, unable to speak or move about freely.

The restrictions are so onerous, the U.S. State Department is protesting them:

The United States condemns the conditions placed on the movement and activities of Cuban human rights activist and political prisoner Dr. Eduardo Cardet. Cuban regime authorities not only unjustly sentenced Dr. Cardet to three years in prison after accusing him of criticizing former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, but now impose restrictions on his release. These restrictions seek to stymie Dr. Cardet’s courageous efforts to promote human rights and fundamental freedoms for the Cuban people.

According to multiple international NGOs, Cardet is one of more than 100 political prisoners the Cuban regime currently and unjustly incarcerates. We denounce the Cuban regime’s deplorable prison conditions and continued abuses against Dr. Cardet and other political prisoners. And we call on the Cuban regime to release all political prisoners, immediately and without conditions.

Freedom of expression is a fundamental human right. The Cuban regime’s continued arbitrary detention of Cuban activists and independent thinkers shines a light on its own cowardice.

The Cuban regime’s oppression of Dr. Cardet not only exposes its totalitarian nature, but also clearly shows its fear of anyone who speaks boldly of freedom and liberty.