Blinken calls on Cuba to respect human rights, stop “intimidation tactics”

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday Called on Cuban Government To “respect” the rights of its citizens “use their voices without fear of government retaliation or violence.”

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why it matters: Comment a. comes before Cuban People’s Protest Plans November 15 Demanding greater political freedom and the release of activists arrested in previous demonstrations.

what is he saying: “We urge the Cuban government to embrace this historic opportunity to reject violence and instead make the voices of our people heard.”

  • “America stands with the Cuban people,” he said. “We applaud their bravery and unwavering pursuit of democracy, prosperity and fundamental rights and freedoms.”

Blinken also denounced “intimidation tactics” employed by the Cuban government, saying that “the regime has refused permission to protest … and threatened dissidents with imprisonment.”

Background: In July, thousands took to the streets of Cuba demanding change in one of the largest demonstrations against the communist government in decades.

  • The Biden administration later imposed new sanctions against Cuban officials and institutions to bolster the Cuban government’s crackdown on island-wide protests.
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