HRW on Cuba: Human Rights Abuses Increase, Castro Defies Obama Deal

Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Here's the summary from Human Rights Watch's ("HRW") new 2016 World Report:

"The Cuban government continues to repress dissent and discourage public criticism. It now relies less on long-term prison sentences to punish its critics, but short-term arbitrary arrests of human rights defenders, independent journalists, and others have increased dramatically in recent years. Other repressive tactics employed by the government include beatings, public acts of shaming, and the termination of employment."

Those -- with any human decency -- pursuing business ties with Castro's regime should note:

"Despite updating its Labor Code in 2014, Cuba continues to violate conventions of the International Labor Organization that it has ratified, specifically regarding freedom of association, collective bargaining, protection of wages and wage payment, and prohibitions on forced labor."

As for Castro's "deal" with Obama:

"At time of writing, Cuba had yet to allow visits to the island by the International Committee of the Red Cross or by UN human rights monitors, as stipulated in the December 2014 agreement with the US."