IN terms of human rights, the United
States acts like the judge and executioner every
time that it attempts to accuse virtually the entire
planet, when its own criminal record makes it a
prime example of human rights abuses.
Once again, the U.S. Department of
State has sent to Congress its annual report on
human rights in the world and, once again, expresses
concern about what is taking place in many other
countries, including Cuba, where the report states,
"the systemic repression of fundamental freedoms"
It would seem that the opinions of
many public figures, such as Elías Carranza,
director of the UN Latin American Institute for the
Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders,
who stated, "Cuba is the safest country in the
region," go unheard or are not seen as important. It
is not the first time that the United States has
ignored UN criteria.
The world is changing; Cuba is
changing, updating its economic model. However, U.S.
rhetoric toward the Revolution remains the same. It
insists on including the country on its blacklists
in order to justify the blockade, which is doubtless
a massive and systematic violation of human rights.
In fact, the Geneva Convention of 1948 classifies it
as an act of genocide.
According to Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton, the 2011 report makes it clear that
governments all over the world are being watched and
will be held responsible.
The Department of State is looking
everywhere except inward.
With the largest prison population
in the world, the United States is the only country
where minors can receive a life sentence without the
right to conditional liberty. Approximately 10,000
minors are incarcerated in adult penitentiaries.
What is taking place in the U.S.
prison camp on the illegally occupied Guantánamo
base is a violation of human rights. What is
happening to immigrants in the United States is a
violation. Is it not a fact that the country is one
of the most racist on earth? The same divine right
allows it to judge everyone, gives it the freedom to
decide upon others’ lives and frequently kill
civilian populations with drones and preventive wars.
It is outrageous to accuse Cuba, a
country which is making every effort to promote, in
practice rather than rhetoric, the most fundamental
right of human beings: the right to life.
This is evident to any visitor and
most likely the reason for the Cuban travel ban in
place for U.S. citizens.
Speaking in Cannes before the
screening of the film 7 Days in Havana,
Benicio del Toro, who directed one section of the
movie, affirmed that the difficulties the U.S.
imposes on its own citizens who wish to travel to
Cuba could be considered a form of censorship.
Another of the directors, Spaniard
Julio Medem, who emphasized that the film "talks of
the suffering of the situation and of survival," but
also of the optimism of Cubans, "beautiful, talented,
One could continue with examples but
the list would be endless. Besides, it is clear now:
the United States needs to play the judge, to avoid
being judged as the executioner.