For 62 years now, the torture and horrors suffered by political prisoners in communist Cuba’s gulags remain hidden to international human rights monitors such as Amnesty and the Red Cross.
Time for Havana to permit the Red Cross and other international human rights bodies access to inspect prisons in Cuba
Cuba is the only country in the Americas that Amnesty International, and most other independent human rights monitors, cannot visit.
Consider that between 2002 and 2014 the International Committee of the Red Cross visited the United States detention facility at Guantanamo Bay Cuba 100 times to examine prison conditions there, and wrote critical reports.
These visits have continued to the present day, with an average of four visits per year. During the same period of time the Cuban government, despite repeated requests by the ICRC, has had zero visits to its prisons on the island.
Between 1959 and the present day, visits were only permitted between 1988 and 1989.
This is why political prisoners, such as Maykel ‘Osorbo’ Castillo, risk dying on hunger strikes protesting unjust prison sentences, mistreatment, and poor prison conditions. Too many have died over the years, and the terrible conditions continue.
Cubans exercising their universally recognized human rights are regularly harmed by regime officials.
Speaking out and peacefully assembling for human rights in Cuba is punished by the Cuban government with violence, prison, and extrajudicial killings.
Nairobis Schery Suárez, wife of Cuban dissident Manuel Cuesta Morúa, who was reported missing on October 25, 2021, was arrested when she left her home and released the next morning on October 26th under threats of prison for both her and her husband if they participated in a non-violent peaceful assembly on November 15th.
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