Havana denounces US report on human rights in Cuba
Posted on 2021-04-06 | The Nouvelliste
The Cuban Foreign Ministry summoned the charge d’affaires of the American embassy, Timothy Zuñiga-Brown, on Monday to notify him of its rejection of the State Department’s annual report on human rights and to denounce Washington for its own abuses in the United States and abroad.
US director general in the ministry, Carlos Fernandez de Cossio, told Zuñiga-Brown of his “rejection of the misleading and politicized allegations about Cuba in the State Department’s report” on human rights. male in 2020, a statement from the Cuban Foreign Ministry said.
In the report released last week, the State Department lamented the persistence of “restrictions” on freedom of expression in Cuba, and denounced extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances and cases of torture in the “authoritarian state. “.
Havana reminded the American charge d’affaires that the United States itself is committing “gross and systematic violations of human rights” on its territory.
These abuses, stressed the Cuban ministry, are linked “to racism, xenophobia, police brutality, torture of prisoners, prolonged imprisonment”, as well as the use of secret prisons and extrajudicial executions. in various parts of the world.
Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel had already rejected Thursday “the outrageous, immoral and false accusation of the US State Department” after the publication of his annual report.