"Cuban Twitter" is Consistent With International Law

Friday, April 11, 2014
In a letter to the editor of The Washington Post, American University Professor and renowned Castro regime apologist, William LeoGrande, argues that the "Cuban Twitter" program "violates U.S. treaty obligations under the charters of both the United Nations and the Organization of American States."

He then only cites the Organization of American States ("OAS") Charter's "non-interference" clause to try to support his weak case.

From Castro to Assad, "non-interference" and "sovereignty" are favorite excuses of dictators throughout the world to violate their people's fundamental rights with impunity.

Of course, LeoGrande fails to mention that Cuba technically remains a member of the OAS, but has not been reincorporated since its suspension was unwisely lifted in 2009. Cuba's regime has purposefully and explicitly refused to recognize any of the practices, purposes, and principles of the OAS. Moreover, it remains in blatant violation of its "representative democracy" clause.

As for the United Nations ("UN"), the "Cuban Twitter" program is fully consistent with Article 19 of the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which reads:

"Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers."

Needless to say:

"Everyone" includes the Cuban people.

"Any media" includes social media.

"Regardless of frontiers" includes U.S.-Cuba.