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Amnesty International calls on Obama to close Guantanamo Cuba prison

Posted November 09, 2008 by publisher in Cuba Politics.
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Presstv.ir News source from Iran

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.

Member Comments

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On November 09, 2008, publisher wrote:

I certainly don’t have enough “intelligence” to have a strong opinion on the current residents of Guantanamo Bay Naval Base but if Iran is posting a positive story about it then I’d have to lean towards NOT closing Guantanmo.

However, if and when that day ever comes, I own GuantanamoBayTours.com and may be that can be put to good use grin

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On November 10, 2008, cubanpete wrote:

Will Amnesty International also call on Castro to close Havana’s Villa Marista, the Bastille of Cuba?

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On November 11, 2008, Cubana wrote:

Amnesty also called on Obama to lift the embargo:

U.S. President-elect Barack Obama should lift the 46-year-old trade embargo against Cuba, the head of human rights group Amnesty International said on Friday.

Obama has said he would grant Cuban Americans unrestricted rights to visit Cuba and send cash to their families there, and is open to talks with President Raul Castro, but that he would keep the trade embargo as a way of pressuring Cuba to make democratic changes.

Irene Khan, Amnesty International’s secretary general, said changing Washington’s Cuba policy would help Obama restore the United States’ moral authority, which she said was damaged during the administration of President George W. Bush.

“We would like President-elect Obama to lift the embargo against Cuba because we believe that that embargo is contributing to denial of human rights to the people, and is not therefore conducive to human rights change,” she told Reuters during a visit to Chile.