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Amnesty International has called on the US President-elect, Barack Obama, to lift the 46-year-old trade embargo on Cuba.
Irene Khan, Amnesty International’s secretary general, said changing Washington’s Cuba policy would help Obama restore the US’ moral authority, which she said was damaged during the administration of President George W. Bush.
“Obama should close Guantanamo. Obama should make a public statement confirming the prohibition of torture and ill-treatment,” she said.
The US President-elect who has expressed his openness to hold talks with the Cuban President Raul Castro says that he will keep the trade embargo on Cuba in order to force the Cuban government to make democratic changes inside that country.
“I would grant Cuban Americans unrestricted rights to visit Cuba and send cash to their families there. I am open to talks with President Raul Castro. But I will keep the trade embargo as a way to pressure Cuba to make democratic changes,” said Obama.