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Human Rights Watch: “Authoritarian power generates human suffering”

MIAMI, United States. – The non-governmental organization Human Rights Watch (HRW) presented this Thursday its report for 2022which offers an overview of the state of human rights in more than a hundred countries, including Cuba.

In accordance with the section of the report dedicated to the Islandthe Havana regime “continues to repress and punish practically any form of dissent and public criticism, and Cubans continue to suffer a severe economic crisis that impacts their basic rights.”

Likewise, the text acknowledges that the Castro authorities “responded with brutal and systematic repression and censorship when thousands of Cubans took to the streets in July 2021 in protest of the human rights violations that have occurred on the Island for decades, the shortage of food and medicine, and the Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The trials of hundreds of these protesters in 2022 often violated basic due process guarantees and led to disproportionate prison terms,” the HRW report notes.

Likewise, the NGO points out that “the demonstrations continued throughout the country during 2022, as a consequence of the blackouts, the shortage of food and medicine and the deterioration of living conditions.”

“The repression carried out by the government, as well as its evident lack of predisposition to address the underlying causes that brought people to the streets, forced thousands of Cubans to leave the country in unprecedented numbers,” he also acknowledged.

At the press conference, HRW officials also referred to the deterioration of human rights in the region.

In this sense, Tamara Taraciuk Broner assured that in the Latin American region there has been “a very serious deterioration of democracy and the rule of rights, and not only in dictatorships such as Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua.”

Among the main chronic problems that affect the region, the official pointed out poverty, insecurity, violence, corruption and the violation of human rights in general.

“The regional panorama is quite bleak and it is one of the worst we have seen in recent years due to the multiplicity of deficiencies,” he lamented. “In Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela there are repressive regimes that continue with their violent attack against opponents,” he added.

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