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New Castro, same Cuba

Repression in Cuba worsens under Raúl Castro, new report claims


 

A Human Rights Watch report—“New Castro, Same Cuba”—published today claims Cuban president Raúl Castro has crushed dissent and tightened repression in the country since taking over from his brother Fidel in July 2006. The study, based on a clandestine fact-finding mission this year, “paints a near-dystopian image of an island where those who step out of line risk being beaten and jailed in horrific conditions which verge on torture,” The Guardian reports. The report also alleges the Cuban government has extended use of an “Orwellian” law that allows the state to punish people before they commit a crime on suspicion they may do so, a tactic designed to cow actual and potential opponents. And it takes to task the EU and Canada for preaching the importance of human rights in Cuba then failing to pressure Havana for compliance, adding: “Worse still, Latin American governments across the political spectrum have been reluctant to criticize Cuba, and in some cases have openly embraced the Castro government. [This] silence … perpetuates a climate of impunity that allows repression to continue.”

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  1. "Raúl Castro has crushed dissent and tightened repression in the country since taking over from his brother Fidel in July 2006."

    And us enlightened Canadians go by the thousands and give our money to their oppressors. I wonder how much Cubans hate us.

  2. The US has seen the retirement of Fidel and the relaxation of some restrictions as a sign that Cuba is ready for a new rape and is starting to agitate again.In light of this it is only natural that the government would take precautionary steps. Didn't the US set up a new gestapo, Homeland security when they felt threatened. No government is going to sit idly by if it feels threatened by provocateurs.

  3. Cuba = evil repressive regime. China = good investment opportunity.

  4. it looks like the "revolution" didn't work out so well for the people of cuba …i bet some day it will be a normal country but not for at least another ten or twenty years