In a report sent to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, the communist Castro dictatorship admits it has sent 39 children to its gulags for the crime of peacefully protesting.
Human rights organization Prisoners Defenders has made public a report sent by Cuba to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, in which the Cuban regime admits sentencing at least 39 minors following the protests of July 11, 2021 (11J).
According to Prisoners Defenders’ complaint, the report acknowledges the conviction of minors for “sedition, sabotage (through military courts), assault, contempt, and public disorder” crimes, which are considered illegal by entities such as the UN itself or the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
The report presented by the Cuban regime states that “488 people have been sanctioned, including 39 minors aged between 16 and 18, mainly for crimes of sedition, sabotage, robbery with force and violence, assault, contempt, and public disorder.”
Regarding minors under the age of 16, Prisoners Defenders questions the Cuban regime’s claims that “administrative measures, reorientation, and specialized education” are applied to them, pointing out the evident lack of resources and interest from the Cuban government in this area.
The organization also criticizes that the centers for minors are under the responsibility of the Ministry of the Interior (MININT) rather than the Ministry of Education (MINED), describing them as prisons. “They have failed to mention that they send them to Switzerland to learn languages,” Prisoners Defenders ironically remarks in their statement.
The imprisonment of children is outrageous on its own, but so is the fact the communist dictatorship can admit this with complete confidence the UN will do absolutely nothing about it.