21 countries around the world criticize arrests of protesters in Cuba

Posted on July 27, 2021

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They demand that the government respect human rights on the island

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HAVANA.- The governments of 21 countries, including the United States and five Latin American countries, condemned this Monday the “mass arrests and detentions” of protesters in Cuba and demanded respect for human rights on the island.

The declaration was signed by the foreign ministers of Austria, Brazil, Colombia, South Korea, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Ecuador, United States, Estonia, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland and Ukraine.

The communiqué recalls that on July 11, “tens of thousands of Cuban citizens participated in demonstrations throughout the country in protest against the deterioration of living conditions and in demand for changes”, and denounces that in the face of these demonstrations “the Government responded with violence ”.

The ministers of the aforementioned countries also stressed that the protesters “exercised the fundamental freedoms of expression and assembly enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the American Convention on Human Rights, the Inter-American Democratic Charter and the European Convention on Human Rights.” .

That is why they exhorted the Cuban government to respect “the rights and freedoms of the Cuban people, guaranteed by law, without fear of arrest or detention.”

“We urge the Cuban government to release those detained for exercising their rights to peaceful protest,” the statement added. “We ask for freedom of the press and the full restoration of internet access.”

The largest protests in more than six decades occurred with the country mired in a serious economic and health crisis, with the pandemic out of control and a severe shortage of food, medicine and other basic products, in addition to long power cuts, which he pushed Cubans to take to the streets to criticize his government.

Cuban authorities insist on blaming the US for both the demonstrations and the extreme shortages that the country suffers.

The word of Antony Blinken

Accompanying the statement, the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, said that “democracies around the world are coming together in support of the Cuban people and urge the Cuban government to respect the universal human rights claims expressed by Cubans. As President Biden put it, the Cuban people made a “clear call for freedom.”

“Given this, the Cuban government has not responded by listening to the claims of its own people, but by silencing even more those voices through acts of arbitrary detention and summary trials that were carried out secretly and without due process guarantees,” he added.

“The United States will continue to support the Cuban people’s desire for freedom and forging their own future. This joint declaration shows that the Cuban people are not alone in their aspirations ”.

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