The Common Position and Selective Blindness / Angel Santiesteaban

The worst blind spot is the one you don’t want to see.

While the European Union was planning to change its Common Position, the totalitarian Cuban regime was imprisoning the opposition on the eve of receiving the presidents for the CELAC Summit.

In these moments of economic crisis, there is no greater urgency for the European countries than to address and to reverse their rates of inflation and unemployment. They’ve thrown aside ethics and scruples in order to decide to open up relations with the Cuban regime, never mind the fact that there are violations of human rights, imprisonment of the opposition, violent beatings of those who demonstrate peacefully and assassinations of the most outstanding leaders.

We know that the Castro brothers won’t permit any imposition that would give space to the dissidence. They won’t even sign the United Nations Covenants on Civil and Political Rights and on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, which in this 21st century, should be the minimal condition of any State to earn respect from the international community. That would be the small contribution that the European Community could give to the Cuban people, and it would be the only credible step for Raúl Castro if it’s really his intention to offer openings and improvements to Cuban society in general.

Ángel Santiesteban-Prats

Lawton Prison Settlement, January 2014

Please follow the link to sign the petition to have Amnesty International declare Angel Santiesteban a prisoner of conscience.

Translated by Regina Anavy

10 February 2014


One response to “The Common Position and Selective Blindness / Angel Santiesteaban

  1. Cuba has signed both the ICESCR and ICCPR…not ratified however. But, the United States also has not ratified one of the above, unfortunately for the United States because of fear by the Right that it will open the door for Universal Health Insurance here…which we need…most people cannot afford healthcare cost in the U.S.
    “For Another Cuba” campaign includes a petition that has been signed by more than 3,600 people asking for the Cuban government to ratify the United Nations Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The accords were signed by Cuban officials but not ratified.

    The text of the petition says the implementation of these accords would ensure respect for citizens regardless of their ideas and help in the formation of a free and plural Cuba.

    “Our expectation of being heard by the government is almost exhausted, yet we have decided to bring the authorities this demand as an urgent recourse to achieve effective understanding,” the petition states. “We are determined not to accept institutional silence in response to this demand for the ratification.”
    The Secretary-General met today with Mr. Marino Murillo, Vice-President of the Council of Ministers and Chairman of the Permanent Commission for Implementation and Development of the Economic and Social Policy Guidelines.

    U.N. boss met with Mr. Murillo:They discussed at length Cuba’s social and economic reforms and the Guidelines on social and economic policy. They also spoke of the impact of the US embargo on Cuba’s economy.

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