During immigration talks in Havana with Cuban officials last week, the U.S. State Dept. claims it brought up the subject of human rights and political prisoners with the Cuban regime. However, the Castro dictatorship rebuffing that claim and says American diplomats never made a single mention of human rights or named any political prisoners during those talks.
The Cuban regime is unequivocally stating the subject of human rights violations on the island was not discussed during the recent high-level talks held with the U.S., contrary to what the Biden administration claimed last week.
“Cuba can assure there were ‘no discussions’ about human rights with the U.S. and ‘neither was there any mention of names’ during the latest round of bilateral immigration talks and is prepared to reinitiate dialogue with Washington on this issue as we did during the last ‘thaw,’” reported Juan Palop, an EFE news correspondent on the island.
“Emily Mendrala, State Dept. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs, traveled to the island on November 15 to negotiate ‘immigration agreements’ with the vice-minister of Foreign Relations, Carlos Fernandez de Cossio […] and to discuss a greater respect for human rights and fundamental rights in Cuba,” according to the U.S. embassy.
It’s hard to tell who is telling the truth since both the communist Castro dictatorship and the Biden administration have proven themselves to be dishonest actors. But considering the fact the Cuban regime has never had any issues rebuking the US. for its human rights accusations and the Biden administration’s tenuous relationship with the truth, a safe bet would be to say that it’s the White House lying here.