Repression in Cuba: Crisis and Human Rights Violations

Persecution and repression of dissidents, mistreatment of political prisoners, extrajudicial executions, torture and many other crimes have been committed since the Castro’s totalitarian regime was established.

Any request or attempt for change is denounced by the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution (CDR), the unit that reports these instances to the state intelligence apparatus and the security services that respond to the power group. They are in charge of committing crimes against humanity and acts of repression, such as the constant violation of Cuban’s rights, diminishing claims and employing fear tactics towards citizens so that they cannot react, nor can they seek political alternatives that allow them to aspire to progress and freedom.

Both the OAS, the IACHR, and other international organizations have published reports detailing all these crimes committed during the Castro dictatorship. The truth is that, beyond any sign of change that may have been shown, nothing has changed.

Per an investigation conducted by the Center for the Opening and Development of Latin America (CADAL), votes that Cuba participated in during its 12 years in the Human Rights Council were analyzed and it was found that the dictatorial regime has been an accomplice to other regimes that also systematically violate human rights, challenging initiatives to protect the citizens of those countries.

Neither in the multilateral institutions nor in practice, does there seem to be any hope that the dictatorship established by Fidel Castro in 1959 will change its course. His successors and his international allies have managed to remain in power due to the fear that has been instilled in the people who often prefer to not speak up, so as not to lose what little they have left in the middle of a humanitarian crisis like the one that Cuba is going through.

CUBA NEEDS US to end the constant violation of human rights and repression.

Cuba Decide promotes citizen participation in order to achieve a change in the system with the objective that we Cubans have our rights and freedoms respected. The freedom to elect and be elected. Free to choose and express ourselves without putting our lives at risk.

It is time for a change.

It is time for our right to have rights. 

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