Should more be done to protect Cubans' rights?
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What is it?
- Recently, the Cuban government harassed and detained multiple activists ahead of a planned protest after police killed a black man. The government accused many of the activists of “spreading an epidemic” in order to stifle their voices.
- Cuba has been one of Latin America’s success stories in combatting the COVID-19 pandemic. Last week Cubans celebrated four months without any local transmission of the virus.
Why is it important?
- The Universal Declaration of Human Rights requires that governments respect their citizens' freedom of speech and assembly. The most recent protest is just the latest incident in the country’s history of citizen repression.
- The Cuban government has been repeatedly accused of arbitrarily detaining critics in an effort to subdue opposition voices. Cuba also maintains a tight control on the information space by strictly regulating press freedom and frequently shutting down the internet.
What can you do?
- For more, check out Inter-American Commission on Human Right’s report on Cuba
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