Why Do Cuban (and Venezuelan) Human Rights Perpetrators Get U.S. Visas?

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Cuban singer Tony Avila was recently given a visa to perform in the U.S.

This prompted the concern of Cuba's Ladies in White, who contend that Avila has participated in violent acts against peaceful democracy activists.

The Ladies in White are subject to weekly arrest and beatings by the Castro regime. To disrupt the group's meetings, security officials will often set-up concerts with free alcohol and bus-in loyalists to "repudiate" the democracy activists. As the alcohol flows, so does the violence.

A letter by 16 Ladies in White from the Matanzas province, where Avila hails from, states that he has not only led some of these concerts, but has insulted, harassed and physically assaulted the female activists.

Meanwhile, former Cuban prisoner of conscience Ivan Hernandez Carrillo has also reported that Jose Suarez, who was director of the brutal Aguica Prison, is also visiting Miami.

This isn't new.

Despite President Obama's Presidential Proclamation 8697 of August 2011, which supposedly sought to "close the gap" in granting visas to foreign nationals affiliated with human rights violators, the State Department has continuously given visas to Castro's family, elites and human rights perpetrators.

Similarly, the State Department continues to "green-light" the Dadeland and Aventura shopping-sprees of Venezuela's "boligarchs" and repressors.

This sends a simple (and horrible) message: Repress innocent people and get rewarded by the U.S.

In contrast, the Obama Administration keeps slapping visa restrictions on Russians responsible for human rights violations against political opponents in the Ukraine.

Although for Russia's repressors, London is the main travel destination.

Go figure.