December 10, Human Rights Day, could not be unnoticed by the U.S. Government and its anti-Cuba crusade, a letter and Twitter were this time the scenario set up from Washington.
According to Michael Pompeo, Secretary of State, sent a letter to the Cuban Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodriguez, asking for explanations about alleged political prisoners, a document that, until last night, the Cuban Government assured had not received.
Rodriguez warned in a statement on Monday that Pompeo was lying and slandering, and reiterated that Washington lacks moral authority in this matter, as it is a global repressive government on human rights. A single statistic is evident: out of the 61 international instruments recognized on human rights issues, Cuba has signed and ratified 44, while the United States barely has 18, and is the only country on earth still not to endorse the Children's Rights Convention.
Lift the blockade. Restore visas for Cubans. Stop repression of migrants, minorities and the poor', added Cuba's foreign minister in reference to the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed on the Caribbean nation for almost six decades to starve its inhabitants and the violations of the rights in the northern country of sectors of its population.
Cuba's U.S. General Director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Carlos Fernandez de Cossio, also rejected Pompeo's maneuver and described as propaganda 'the supposed letter of the Secretary of State and its public manipulation'.
According to the diplomat, Washington simply ratified its lack of willingness to be seriously engaged in a bilateral dialogue between equals to deliberate on human rights and ways to sincerely advance toward constructive cooperation on the issue.
As part of the rapprochement process started in December 2014 by the then presidents Raul Castro and Barack Obama, both governments began talking about this issue in March 2015, and they did so in a civilized and respectful manner, despite existing differences.
However, Kimberly Breier, the U.S. Deputy Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, has now reused her Twitter against the Cuban government, accusing it of alleged decades of repression and abuse.
We are committed in supporting Cuban people in its demand for freedom and prosperity', she wrote this Tuesday.
The Pompeo and Breier campaigns found answers, headed by Cuban president, Miguel Diaz-Canel.
The U.S. has no morale to talk about Human Rights; its rhetoric is hypocritical, dishonest, with double standards. Someone knows a more cruel, prolonged and massive violation of human rights than the economic, financial and commercial blockade', he said.
Diaz-Canel also referred to the different views on human rights in both countries. While others export arms and wars, Cuba shares knowledge and services. Our doctors and teachers have illuminated and illuminate remote regions. Our motto is solidarity', he asserted.
There are more prisoners than farmers in the United States. They should not talk about Human Rights in Cuba', said Eugenio Martinez, General Director for Latin America and the Caribbean at the Foreign Ministry. / PL