The Spanish news agency EFE is reporting that several foreign embassies in Cuba are involved in the negotiations between the U.S. and Cuba for the release of political prisoners from the July 11, 2021 protests and forcibly exiling them to the U,.S.
The forced exile of July 11 protest prisoners who have decided to leave Cuba in exchange for their release in an agreement between the island’s regime and the U.S. is being organized by “some embassies,” EFE is reporting from Havana, without providing any further details.
According to the news agency, its reporters are aware that foreign diplomats in Cuba “are already working to see the willingness of their respective countries” to receive the political prisoners who are released and leave the island, “either forced or not,” said the report.
According to EFE, the release of the demonstrators from the July 11, 2021 protests has become a key political issue in Cuba after what took place in Nicaragua, where Daniel Ortega’s regime forcibly exiled more than 200 political prisoners.
That recent event, as well as “the insistence by the U.S., the European Union, and the Vatican on this issue,” are behind the major negotiations moving in this direction, said EFE.
The possibility that some or many of the prisoners from these protests are released is on the table in potential negotiations with the U.S., experts told EFE. They do not hesitate to highlight the political and technical complexities and, consequently, the risk of the process derailing.
This wouldn’t be the first time the communist Castro dictatorship forcibly exiles political prisoners, yet another human rights violation. And the Biden administration is apparently willing to help them carry it out,