The realities of dreamland

Posted: April 10, 2007 in Uncategorized

Policies in Cuba and Venezuela you will hear very little about.

(usinfo.state.gov) Washington — The United States and the inter-American community are united in condemning human rights repression in Cuba and Venezuela.

The State Department said in a new human rights report, released April 5, that Cuba had at least 283 political prisoners and detainees at the end of 2006.

The report said thousands more citizens in Cuba served sentences in 2006 for “dangerousness,” in the absence of any criminal activity. In addition, the report said beatings and abuse of detainees and prisoners, including human rights activists, were carried out with impunity, and that harsh and life-threatening prison conditions included denial of medical care.

The Cuban government uses the concept of “dangerousness” in an attempt to justify detaining its citizens, saying these people supposedly have a “special inclination” to commit crimes.

In a separate development, a human rights body of the Organization of American States (OAS) says in its own new report that the Cuban people endure a “permanent and systematic violation” of their fundamental rights. Thirty-four nations of North, South and Central America, as well as the Caribbean, participate in the OAS. Cuba, also a member state, has been suspended from participation since 1962.

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Regarding Venezuela, the State Department report said the human rights situation for 2006 was characterized by “politicization of the judiciary and harassment of the media and of the political opposition.”

The report said the human rights violations in Venezuela included unlawful killings, disappearances reportedly involving security forces, torture and abuse of detainees, harsh prison conditions, arbitrary arrests and detentions and attacks on the independent media.

The U.S. strategy for promoting democracy and human rights in Venezuela is to support the effort of the country’s citizens to strengthen independent civil society, said the report.

The OAS commission’s report on Venezuela said it was concerned about the administration of justice in that country, the problem of sicariato (paid killings) and the “impunity that surrounds reports of extrajudicial executions at the hands of agents” of the Venezuelan government. (more…)

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  1. anonymous says:

    Not a surprise. Both of these nations are Communist. Same things are happening in North Korea and to an increasingly lesser degree in China.

    Communism and it’s little brother Socialism, historically, have always required a turn towards repression, detention/arrest and corruption in order to get people to “go along” with it and for it to “work”. Aka, it doesn’t really “work”, it’s just forced on people by a heavy hand. Examples: Heavy taxation or death/prison time, mandatory involvement in government programs, citizens have no means (ie, guns/weapons) to defend themselves against government corruption when it goes too far, etc.

    What a steaming crock of BS it is. A utopian fantasy that will only ever “work” on paper. It ignores, denies & tries to silence the cry within every human spirit that says, “give me liberty and let me choose & create my own destiny…”

    My thoughts. Thank you for spreading the word about what this failed political philosophy does to people and the human rights violations that inevitably arise because of it. Capitalistic/”Western” society is not perfect by any means, but it’s a leaps-and-bounds better world than what is seen in Communist countries.

    Peace…

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