Friday, September 16, 2016

Who Violates the Rights of Whom in Cuba … Washington or Havana?

Who Violates the Rights of Whom in Cuba … Washington or Havana? / Somos+

Carlos Raúl Macías López, 15 September 2016 — Starting in the second
half of the twentieth century, the world has witnessed a phenomenon
without parallel in the history of mankind, one which has been
strengthened by the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War,
and has increasingly expanded to encompass virtually all strata of
society. We are talking about globalization, whose significance has
upset politics, economy, technology, culture, trade, bringing a gradual
increase in communications and greater interdependence among the world's
different countries.

Human beings' most basic rights have not escaped the advent of this
trend, where international institutions have joined their best efforts
and resources to ratify what is inherent and essential for every person,
regardless of race, sex, gender, ideology, religion, etc.

Outside from these realities, the the official government discourse in
Cuba has employed with tragic repetition the term "political isolation"
to refer to the treatment that the United States government has applied,
from almost the very triumph of the Revolution, to "try drown the Cuban
people in hunger and need, and to generate in this way, discontent and

According to this line of reasoning, it would seem that the only source
of dissatisfaction that the Cuban people might experience in their daily
lives, comes from outside (imperialism), and never from the poor
governance within. Undoubtedly, the government conveniently has known
how to take advantage of this doctrine, and with impunity to undermine
attention to such an extent that there are still a few of the
ideologically blind (intentional or not), who blame all the ills that
afflcit us on "the Americans." Confirming the saying: "There are none so
blind as those who will not see."

If we objectively stick to the facts, we can not deny that in foreign
policy the Americans have made their lamentable "blunders" and miscues
(the embargo/blockade), since after 57 years of this policy the same
priestly caste remains in power in Cuba. Even the current occupant of
the White House, as part of recent bilateral negotiations, acknowledged
that "it was time to reconsider the methods and to change them."

None of this negates the fact that in Havana there is a regime that
rules a hard and rigid hand. Events conclusively demonstrate that the
true and most fearsome isolation plaguing us is not coming from
Washington, but from the capital of all Cubans. Given this argument, I
can not but hold that for things to move forward as they should, the
dialogue should be primarily between the government and its own people,
and not primarily with our northern neighbors. Because, what does it
serve us to get along with those who live next door to our house, if we
are at odds with those living inside it? Unlikely coexistence.

In order to shed light on the subject at hand, I must point out that
human rights, the Cuba case is controversial and appeal internationally.
International organizations such as the Inter-American Commission on
Human Rights (CIDH), Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, the
World Organization Against Torture and others have repeatedly submitted
information and reports, with abundant evidence of violation of human

Moreover, the defenders of the Castro government appeal to the fact that
in developed countries human rights are violated, in a much more
critical way, arguing further that in 2007 the United nations removed
Cuba from its list of states that violate rights humans, and that in
most of the Antilles the human Development Index (HDI) is among the
highest in the continent, comparable even with developed countries in
the first world.

This last parameter (HDI) includes health, education, culture, which are
ultimately second generation or social human rights, but the crux of the
matter is that, for years, the great ruler, and then his brother, have
spoken boastfully that these human rights are often raised as trophies
of socialism, but ultimately a nation cannot overstate the human rights
of second generation, to the detriment of the first generation, or to
put it another way, it is improper to base the existence of certain
human rights as a justification for desecrating others.

This has been our pathetic reality. To accept this thesis, would be like
consenting willingly to be slaves, because we enjoy certain rights,
because our master supplies us with food, a place to sleep, books, and
heals us when we get sick, but at the same time prevents us from going
where we want to go, speaking and associating with whom we want, writing
about the subjects we want, etc …

What I find even more disturbing is the fact that, in order to justify
certain abuses, the Cuban political system is organized on the basis of
the lordship of state power over the basic human rights being breached,
violated, transgressing these rights capriciously, on behalf of the
government's own interests and to the detriment of a completely
vulnerable individual at the mercy of it. A simple scrutiny of the Cuban
Constitution shows that the interests of the socialist state, as
casually defined by the system itself, are above all else. See Article 62.

The questionable phrase "the decision of the Cuban people to build
socialism and communism" is simply a euphemism for sidestepping the
truth: the government's ideology is above individual rights and
guarantees, since it deprives the individual in the full exercise his or
her freedom, and catalogs as a punishable offense the mere attempt to
change this decision. As noted, it is not an objective, comprehensive,
fair and impartial law but a law dyed with an ideology, therefore,
unjust, biased, diffuse, which ultimately depends on the willingness of
whomever has the power to decide what it believes is "best for the people."

The the question asked in the title of this article — "Who violates the
rights of whom in Cuba… Washington of Havana?" — the evidence points
only in one direction: the Cuban government.

Source: Who Violates the Rights of Whom in Cuba … Washington or Havana?
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