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Following a resolution proposal of the US Congress for slavery of Cuba’ regime…

Santiago de Cuba, January 10th, 2019.

UNPACU supports and confirms the accusations of “slavery” that the United States Congress pours today about the Government of Cuba in the exportation of workers in subhuman conditions to third countries. Well explained and provenly accurate, reality is, nevertheless, even more generalized and atrocious.

Sen. Bob Menéndez, a Democrat, and Republican Marco Rubio, indicated that “this form of forced labor should not go unnoticed by the international community.” We must confront the regime’s modern slavery scheme and support doctors seeking justice after serving in these regimes. called international medical missions “, in an interview for Diario de Cuba.

In countries like Venezuela, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Brazil before the triumph of Jair Bolsonaro, Haiti and other more than 100 states, as the Cuban regime declares, the leaders in turn, with full awareness of the crime or absolute indolence in the protection of the rights for Cuban professionals, have hired them for these “missions” that have been developed under a clear slavery status, and have constituted a heavy yoke for thousands of Cubans for years.

This is the salary of the Cuban workers and the amount charged by Cuba in the “mission” of Brazil “Mais Médicos” (extracted from the study of the Court of Auditors of Brazil -textual- and linked in in TC 027.492/2013-3 and TC nº 003.771/2014-8):

Payments from Brazil to Cuba (OPS)

Payments from Cuba to its workers abroad

Cuban doctors earned 10.5% of the total of 4,276.25 dollars a month Brazil paid for them, 450 dollars in hand (400 them and 50 their family), and another 550 dollars that Cuba held for 3 years until they had to return to Cuba, tying with one more variable the return of its slave labor.

But furthermore, as in the case of forced prostitution, professionals were being retained their passports after passing customs, impeded from legalizing their university degrees and experience, prohibited of speaking with “native” population, denied social or sentimental relationships, or kept crowded living in degrading conditions, and forced away from their families, threatened every day.

We stand in solidarity with the brave Cuban doctor and mother who, when declaring she was staying in Brazil, had this response from the Cuban State Security agent, disguised as a “consultant” of the Pan American Health Organization, whose maximum leader in Brazil, Joaquín Molina, is a Cuban closely related to the apparatus of power in the island. “Torture will be kept hidden, as always!”, they would think. But the words from Leoncio Fuentes Correa, a “disguised” PAHO consultant, were being recorded:

“Are you going to stay here? Think about it, I only suggest that. And in the end if you stay here you know that you will not come back more, you will not enter Cuba for 8 years, for 8 years. And you have family in Cuba. You have your family. And if, unfortunately – I wish it did not happen – something happened to a member of your family, you will not be able to enter the country. Whether it is fair or unfair! But it is a very big sacrifice, because you are leaving your family, which is the most important thing that a human being has. You have the evaluation and I, if the day of the flight you do not ride in, I’ll report you as a job abandonment and you, when I do the file, you will not return in 8 years. That’s clear!”

In other cases, companies such as Curaçao Dry Dock Company, had a final judgement that, by using Cuban slave labor with the objective of recovering Cuban debts in the aforementioned company the only way Cuba would pay, now accumulates more than 100 millions of dollars in convictions of principal and interests for compensation to only a few victims who risked their lives managing to escape from a practice that represents one of the greatest atrocities in the Western world, but with which live the people of Cuba every day.

And Pedro Sánchez, Spain’s President, what does Pedro Sánchez say about this?

Meanwhile, by the way, Pedro Sánchez, President of the Spanish Government, was traveling to spend time with Miguel Díaz-Canel to show Europe that the regime “deserves an opportunity”, while “trading” with merchandise made from the blood and the pain of a whole country, gave orders to his party to vote against for a condemnation of the European Chamber to Cuba for the flagrant violation of Human Rights. Sanchez traveled to a slave plantation, he conversed with the foreman in the main country house, while millions of people suffer violations of their rights and fundamental freedoms. The Head of the Spanish Government did not want to meet with the defenders of the human rights of those millions of modern slaves.

Forced exile for 8 years

Thousands of doctors and other Cuban professionals are forbidden for eight years to enter Cuba to see their families (minor children, women, husbands, parents, friends …) for the mere fact of having sought asylum in other countries with the intention of enjoying the freedom and the opportunities that deny them in their captive homeland. With their effort in exile, these professionals “deserters” support their families by sending foreign currency to the Island. Money that ends up in the coffers of the exploiting State. Family remittances represent net income higher than tourism.

As if this would sound as a little punishment, it is enough to read article 135 of the Criminal Code from Cuba in which the penalties for not returning to Cuba after completing one of the so-called collaboration “missions” are punishable with up to 8 years of prison. Or enough is to read that the one who “performs actions tending to leave” the island has sentences of 3 years in jail or, if he ruins any material good in the attempt (“force in things”) he has a sentence of 8 years in prison ( Article 216 of the Criminal Code).

This is the tragedy of Cuba, a country enslaved within its borders, and outside of them. A country with millions of separated families, where more than half of its population lives in the most absolute misery and the other survives with great difficulty thanks to the emigrant relatives who remit them the money necessary to survive. A country where the average salary is just over 20 dollars a month and the liter of bottled milk costs more than two dollars.

A country where more than 100,000 prisoners languish in prisons for crimes such as pre-criminal social dangerousness (“special proclivity in which a person is found to commit crimes, demonstrated by the behavior observed in manifest contradiction with the rules of socialist morality“, Article 72 of the Criminal Code from Cuba), punishable with jail up to 4 years (articles 76 to 84 of the Criminal Code from Cuba), and that is used to arrest critics, discontents, and opponents to the regime. The more than 100 political prisoners of the opposition in Cuba are, by number, an anecdotal number of prisoners if we compare them with the thousands who are convicted of pre-criminal dangerousness in Cuba. Nobody knows their names, nobody knows where they are, nobody knows about them, we can only estimate them by estimations in the prisons where we have been, those, we, that still are few but strongly growing opposition in a poor country in which, to oppose, it’s imperative to assume loose a job and stop eating, go to jail and to be of course subjected to the most varied tortures.


José Daniel Ferrer, Cuba, General Coordinator

  Teléfonos: (+53) 58807751 / (+53) 22695367

Luis Enrique Ferrer, Miami, Rep. In the Exterior

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Email: unpacu@gmail.com

Javier Larrondo, Madrid, Rep. In the EU

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