Human Rights Day: Handshake in South Africa, Repression in Cuba

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
There's been no shortage of coverage (and speculation) regarding U.S. President Barack Obama's handshake with Cuban dictator Raul Castro during the memorial service for Nelson Mandela in South Africa.

We believe this encounter was unfortunate and untimely -- albeit inconsequential.

It was unfortunate and untimely, as simultaneously in Cuba, democracy activists were being brutally repressed for trying to commemorate International Human Rights Day (December 10th).

On the eve of International Human Rights Day, over 100 peaceful activists were beaten and arrested by the Castro regime.

Then yesterday, over 130 members of the peaceful pro-democracy group, The Ladies in White, were alone arrested throughout the island.

Additionally, dozens of other democracy activists are currently missing or imprisoned.

Information has been slow to trickle out, as the Castro regime intercepted the cellphones of independent journalists, bloggers and other human rights observers.

But the handshake is over and The White House has itself dismissed it as inconsequential.

So how about focusing all that coverage on the repressed now?

For International Human Rights Day.

Here are some images of dissidents being dragged away by Castro's secret police today: