Thursday, February 7, 2008

Cuba no esta libre

Interesting story from CNN. They have obtained video secretely filmed at a meeting between the President of the National Assembly and university. Looks like the students are pretty unhappy about the "rights" (or, lack thereof) they have in Cuba.

Here's a reminder about how the Castro Government likes to run the country:

1. Cuba routinely bans international human rights and humanitarian agencies that may be critical of its human rights record (how convenient).

2. Cuba bans independent labor groups and harasses persons attempting to form them and factors criticism of the government into hiring and firing decisions.

3. Internet use is very restricted and under tight surveillance. Access is only possible with government permission and equipment is rationed. E-mail is monitored.

4. Permission from the government is required to move to another home due to the lack of private property rights.

5. Cuba has national health care, but...some of Cuba's best medical facilities exclude Cuban citizens unless they pay in US dollars.

6. Citizens cannot leave or return to Cuba without first obtaining official permission, which is often denied.

7. Cuban prison practices fail in numerous respects to comply with the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners

8. Cuban government restricts independent journalism, but using its security forces and courts to threaten, intimidate, detain, and prosecute journalists who do not espouse the government's views.

1 comment:

Prop said...

Wait....I thought Michael Moore said that Cuba had better health care than the US.