4 thoughts on “Cuba and U.S. Have Same Concept of International Human Rights”

  1. The misuse of funds that the author has pointed out by the US government has not been a misuse but has followed the mandate of the US laws to overthrow the government of Cuba using a fabricated civil society. Therefor lies the problem. The policy of the US government is in violation of all political and religious codes and should be abandoned by it’s people and their government. No other nation follows or agrees with our policy except Israel because it does not protect or encourage human rights. Funding for the promotion of civil society in another country against the wishes of that country violates international law.
    Also a problem has been that the US government also tries to hide this fact from the American public and confuse them . Below is what is not in dispute and what the above policy deters Americans from focusing on as well as human rights abuses of our allies ie, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Egypt…
    For a year, the United States has been shaken by massive protests against violations of the people’s rights by police officers. In the vast majority of the cases that provoked public protests, the people who were killed, injured, falsely accused and falsely imprisoned were African American, Latino, and Native American young men.

    As the delegates of the two nations were meeting in Washington, information came out about new cases of African American men who were falsely accused of crimes and imprisoned for decades. In many such cases, it turns out that the evidence presented at trial by the prosecutor was falsified, or, more frequently, that evidence which would have supported the innocence of the accused was deliberately suppressed by the prosecution in flagrant violation of the law. For police to plant evidence on persons accused of crimes – or shot dead by police officers themselves-is not unknown either.

    It is a rare occurrence indeed when any police officer or prosecutor is called to account for these actions, which almost certainly have caused innocent people to be executed. As if to emphasize this point, the week before the Cuban and U.S. delegates sat down to discuss human rights, three African American men were found to have been falsely convicted of murder on testimony that appears to have been falsified by prosecutors by the usual method of illegally concealing exculpatory evidence from the defense. In the press, also, was discussion about at least one person who was executed in Texas on the basis of false evidence.

    The death penalty is still on the books in Cuba, but nobody has been executed there, even for violent crimes, since 2003. In that span of time more than 600 persons have been executed in the United States, by either state or federal authorities. That figure does not include the scores of people shot, beaten, suffocated or tased to death by police in the United States.

    The Cubans also insist on including in the category of human rights the right to a job, a right to health care, education, housing and a right to live in “modest dignity.” The United States refuses to recognize such things as “human rights.” However, Cubans point out that dying from malnutrition or preventable diseases does permit anyone to exercise any rights at all, and illiterate people are severely constrained in exercising any kind of political rights. Cuba has received wide praise from the international community for its work on literacy, public health and other essential things-work that has been carried out not only in Cuba itself but in scores of poor countries.

    The United States has raised the issue of supposed maltreatment of “political prisoners” in Cuba. The Cubans simply need to say the word “Guantanamo” to put that in perspective.

    In short, it is very likely that after what are supposed to be ongoing conversations on human rights wind up (Tuesday’s meeting was just to set the agenda), Cuba will not look so bad and the United States will not look good at all.

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