Policy Paper: Obama’s Cuba Engagement Policy and Rising Repression

Saturday, July 11, 2015
A new policy paper by Cuban human rights activist, John Suarez, shows the correlation between U.S. engagement and the rising repression in Cuba:

The Obama Administration’s Cuba Engagement Policy and Rising Repression 

The Cuban people deserve the support of the United States and of an entire region that has committed to promote and defend democracy through the Inter-American Democratic Charter.” – The White House December 17, 2014


  • Levels of violence and numbers of arbitrary detentions have grown exponentially during the 18 months of secret negotiations between the Castro regime and the Obama administration.
  • Human Rights defenders were victims of brutal, life threatening machete attacks in the same month that secret negotiations between the Obama administration and the Castro dictatorship started.
  • The December 17, 2014 announcement of normalized relations was surrounded by repression, violence and death.
  • There has been an explosion of arbitrary detentions in Cuba, jumping from an average of 550 per month to 742.
  • The Castro regime has been implicated in heightening repression against pro-democracy activists in Venezuela, including extrajudicial killings.
Click here to read the entire paper.