Here's what international human rights monitors have recently said about repression in Cuba:
"Repression of independent journalists, opposition leaders and human rights activists increased."
-- Amnesty International, 2013 Annual Report
"Cuba remains the only country in Latin America that represses virtually all forms of political dissent."
-- Human Rights Watch, 2013 Annual Report
"The principal human rights abuses were abridgment of the right of citizens to change the government and the use of government threats, extrajudicial physical violence, intimidation, mobs, harassment, and detentions to prevent free expression and peaceful assembly."
-- U.S. Department of State, 2013 Country Reports on Human Rights
In contrast, here's what U.S. Rep. James McGovern (D-MA), one of Congress' staunchest opponents of U.S. policy toward Cuba, told the Boston Globe this weekend:
"It is difficult but it is not oppressive. It is not to minimize the human rights challenges, but there have been changes here that have resulted in more political space."
No Congressman, white-washing Castro's human rights abuses is exactly what you are doing.
Ironically (or hypocritically), this is the same U.S. Rep. McGovern, who stood on the House floor in 2011 to virulently oppose a free trade agreement with our democratic ally, Colombia, arguing:
"We should not be debating this FTA today. We should be waiting until we see real, honest-to-goodness results on the ground in terms of improvements of human rights. When it comes to human rights, M. Chairman, the United States of America should not be a cheap date. We should stand firm, and we should be unabashed in our support for human rights. Vote NO on the Colombia FTA."
No wonder he's the FARC's (and Castro's) favorite Congressman.
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