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.”
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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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