Friday, February 01, 2008

Situation normal

Some 18 months after Fidel Castro stepped aside “temporarily” due to ill health, Human Rights Watch reports that when it comes to political freedoms, nothing much has changed in Cuba.

According to the respected organisation’s annual report for 2007, Cuba “remains the one country in Latin America that represses nearly all forms of political dissent”.

The report says that there have been “no significant policy changes” since Castro relinquished direct control of the regime to his slightly younger brother Raul.

The regime continues to “enforce political conformity using criminal prosecutions, long-term and short-term detentions, mob harassment, police warnings, surveillance, house arrests, travel restrictions, and politically-motivated dismissals from employment”.

You can read the relevant section of the report here.


Anonymous "Let them eat cake" said...

Ah, but you see, Cubans have free health care (though vastly inferior to what foreigners or government functionaries would get) and free education (though heavily politicized with blatant indoctrination). Who cares about bourgeois trivialities like human rights or basic freedoms?

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