Cuba rejects inclusion in US report on human trafficking

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HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) – The Cuban government Friday rejected the arbitrary inclusion of the island-nation in the worst category (level three) in a report on human trafficking for the year 2019.

“More lies and calumnies from #USA when considering #Cuba in the worst category in its report on human trafficking, attacking Cuban medical collaboration, an example of solidarity, humanity and noble and legitimate co-operation among the countries of the South,” Miguel Díaz-Canel, president of the councils of state and ministers, said on Twitter.

President Díaz-Canel denounced the US State Department action as immoral, lying and perverse accusation and said that Cuban internationalist doctors are slaves only of love for others.

Bruno Rodriguez, minister of foreign affairs, wrote on Twitter that “this is another slander to justify the new measures of hostility towards Cuba and that the US lacks the moral authority to make evaluations or ratings of countries.”

“Cuba is distinguished by a policy of zero tolerance and exemplary performance in preventing and combating human trafficking with low incidence of this scourge,” Rodriguez said. These are results associated with our social achievements, citizen security and equal opportunities.

Rodriguez stressed that “the US, the country that devotes the largest budget to the production and trade of arms, which cause death and pain on a daily basis, attacks Cuban medical collaboration, an example of solidarity and humanity and of the noble and legitimate co-operation that exists among the countries of the South.”

Widely criticised for the politicisation of its results and its unilateral character, the US State Department’s report evaluates at three levels the efforts of governments to comply with minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking and since 2015 had placed Cuba at level two.

Despite being an illegitimate and manipulative document, it has direct consequences for the countries included in level three, which in the case of Cuba increases the impact of the economic, commercial and financial blockade that Washington has imposed on Havana for more than six decades.

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