From our Bureau of Twenty-First Century Slavery
Announcement from Global Liberty Alliance (see link below for more information)
This morning, Global Liberty Alliance counsel filed a complaint with the Uruguayan Human Rights and Ombudsman Office for complete investigation of the Cuban medical mission to Uruguay.
Several months of research and government communications secured the release of nearly 100 pages of documents related to the contract, struck between Cuba’s Ministry of Public Health and Uruguay’s Ministry of Social Development, but many more facts remain hidden.
“Exposing the Cuban trafficking networks and assisting those who seek to leave these missions is in the U.S. national interest. So is holding to account persons, organizations, and businesses involved in facilitating modern day slavery of Cuban health workers. By going local, we intend to do just that with legal and human rights teams in Uruguay and other nations,” said Jason Poblete, GLA President.
The GLA Uruguay counsel, Sabrina Peláez, wrote: “The Cuban State does not provide this kind of ‘collaboration’ altruistically or at a low cost; instead, it uses this mechanism to finance itself. In theory there would be no reproach for doing this, but this free or low price is due and achieved at the cost of the exploiting persons, at the cost of the slave and / or forced labor of the doctors, technicians and non-medical personnel who are sent in these ‘Brigades.'”
The files discovered, as well as further information, are posted on GLA’s Uruguay Cuban Medical Mission Files page.