US State Dept. 2009 Cuba Human Rights Report — If You Can Stomach It

Posted on March 11, 2010

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Walter Lippmann, editor, CubaNews List, sent the following info on the Cuba report.  Did you ever wonder who is doing a report on the US’ human rights record??  Walter says:

China, which is regularly subjected to these
US investigative reports, does make a detailed
report on the human rights situation in these
United States of America. For the same period:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-02/26/content_10904741.htm

 

2009 Human Rights Report: Cuba

Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor

2009 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

March 11, 2010

http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2009/wha/136108.htm

Cuba, with a population of approximately 11 million, is a totalitarian state that does not tolerate opposition to official policy. The country is led by Raul Castro, who holds the positions of chief of state, president of the council of state and council of ministers, and commander in chief of the Revolutionary Armed Forces. Although the constitution recognizes the unicameral National Assembly as the supreme authority, the Communist Party (CP) is recognized in the constitution as the only legal party and “the superior leading force of society and of the state.” Fidel Castro remained the first secretary of the CP. The January 2008 elections for the National Assembly were neither free nor fair, and all of the candidates had to be preapproved by a CP candidacy commission, with the result that the CP candidates and their allies won 98.7 percent of the vote and 607 of 614 seats in the National Assembly. Civilian authorities, through the Ministry of the Interior, exercised control over the police, the internal security forces, and the prison system.

FULL REPORTif you can stomach it.