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Cuba condemned US statements on alleged human trafficking

Cuba condemned US statements on alleged human trafficking

Havana, Dec 22 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban Foreign Ministry today rejected the latest statements by the United States Government on alleged trafficking in persons on the island, an element they use to argue the blockade against the Caribbean nation.
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Through his Twitter account, the head of Foreign Relations, Bruno Rodríguez, assured that Washington’s arguments on aid, human trafficking, terrorism and human rights have no link with Cuba’s performance.

“The US tries to justify the measures of abuse and aggression against the Cuban population with lies,” he added on the social network.

Washington announced on Tuesday that it will not provide non-humanitarian or non-trade-related assistance during fiscal year 2022 and will vote against international loans in these areas to Cuba and Nicaragua, among other countries, for not doing enough to combat trafficking in persons.

“In reality, Cuba has not received any help from the United States for a long time. What it receives is a criminal and ruthless economic war,” wrote on Twitter the director general of the United States of the Antillean Foreign Ministry, Carlos Fernández de Cossío. In the official’s opinion, “the curious thing is that he hides himself in attacking medical cooperation, for which Cuba enjoys the recognition of anyone who has a minimum of shame.”

A report recently published by the island reveals that Cuba reinforced the prevention and confrontation of human trafficking and related crimes, despite the effects of Covid-19.

According to the document, the country insisted on its zero tolerance policy in the face of this scourge and as part of prevention, the institutions held training to increase the perception of risk.

These and other actions are described in the report entitled National Action Plan for the prevention and confrontation of human trafficking and the protection of victims (2017-2020), published on the official Cubaminrex website.

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