Obama’s normalization policy
started on December 17, 2014
Manuel Castro Rodríguez
Eight years ago Raúl Castro assumed power inherited from his brother Fidel. They have tyrannized Cuba
for 55 years.
For almost eight years I was sending to President Barack Obama my weekly reports on the human rights violations committed by the
communist dictatorship that continues to oppress the Cuban people. Obama already knows a lot about Cuba. I have done a detailed analysis — substantiated with citations, examples and videos — of the physical
anthropological damage, the assassinate of women and children and others crimes committed by
the tyranny of the Castro brothers since
In February 2010 political prisoner Orlando Zapata Tamayo died following an 85-day hunger strike. Zapata — who was jailed during a
2003 crackdown on more than 75 human rights defenders, journalists, and dissidents — initiated his hunger strike to protest the inhumane conditions in which he was being held and to demand
According to The New York
Times report published on October 10, 2014,
Cubans took to the sea last year than in any year since 2008, when Raúl Castro officially took power and the nation hummed with anticipation. Some experts fear that the recent spike in migration
could be a harbinger of a mass exodus, and they caution that the unseaworthy vessels have already left a trail of deaths.
On December 17, 2014, President Barack Obama announced that the United States would normalize diplomatic relations
with Cuba and ease restrictions on travel and commerce with the Castro regime in exchange for several concessions by the Cuban government, including a commitment to release 53 political
I am a harsh critic of Obama’s normalization policy because President Barack Obama knows that:
1- The arbitrary detention of critics of the regime has increased since
that “Following the death of a political prisoner on hunger strike in February 2010 and the subsequent hunger strike of a prominent dissident,
Cuba’s government has released more than 40 political prisoners, forcing most into exile.”
2- The human rights violations that continue to be committed
in China and Vietnam demonstrate
that diplomatic engagements and commercial relationships not leads inexorably
to political reforms.
3- The human rights situation
in Cuba continued to deteriorate after of the release of “Black Spring” prisoners. For
a) Non-government Cuban Commission of Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCHRNR) documented 2,074 arbitrary detention in 2010, 4,123 in 2011, 6,602 in 2012 and 6,424 in 2013.
b) According to World Report of Human Rights Watch, in 2013
“The Cuban government continues to repress individuals and groups who criticize the government or call for basic human rights. Officials employ a
range of tactics to punish dissent and instill fear in the public, including beatings, public acts of shaming, termination of employment and threats of long-term
c) On September 9, 2014, Reporters Without Borders
published: “Independent journalist arrested, pressured to leave Cuba.”
d) On October 5, 2014, Catalina Botero finalized her mandate as Special Rapporteur for Freedom of
Expression of the Inter-American Commssion on Human Rights (IACHR). Botero declared: In Cuba “there is no freedom of expression, is not guaranteed in any form”.