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The US government made a harsh review of the crimes committed in recent years against opponents in Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela, under regimes that were not invited to the Summit of the Americas for these human rights violations.

Brian Nichols, Under Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, lamented that critical voices are suppressed by these governments. “The politically motivated arrest and trials of peaceful protesters continue to be an affront to democracy. The harsh sentences imposed punish political opposition and attempt to silence anyone who supports democracy,” he said in a speech to the Summit and posted on his Twitter account.

In this framework, he detailed the recent violations that have been committed recently in these countries.

In the Cuban case, Nichols highlighted that in the July 2021 protests, the regime arrested more than 1,400 protesters and prosecuted hundreds, including minors.

“Instead of addressing economic and human rights demands, the Cuban government began an era of ruthless repression, accusing protesters of sedition and sentencing them to between seven and 30 years in prison,” he noted. In addition, he stressed that this is not a novelty on the island, since violations of the legal system have a history of decades under the Castro regime.

Regarding Nicaragua, the official indicated that since 2018 “the Ortega-Murillo regime has orchestrated a brutal repression of human rights in response to widespread opposition to the regime’s policies, which has caused the death of more than 320 citizens.”

He also recalled that in the run-up to the elections, “the regime arbitrarily imprisoned more than 40 opposition figures, including seven potential presidential candidates,” as well as prominent independent journalists, “rigging the result long before the vote.” in which Daniel Ortega obtained a new mandate.

Speaking of Venezuela, Nichols focused on the harassment and torture that imprisoned opponents have suffered.

“Political prisoners are isolated, they are denied adequate food and medical treatment. Prisoners have been tortured through beatings, immersion in water, electric shocks, and exposure to low temperatures,” he denounced.

“Prisoners report experiencing sexual violence by security forces,” Nichols added.

Given this scenario, the undersecretary said that Washington will continue to respond to the calls of citizens for free elections in these countries, “so that Venezuelans, Cubans and Nicaraguans choose their leaders by themselves.”

Therefore, he reaffirmed: “The United States will continue to use the diplomatic and economic tools at its disposal to support calls for freedom, accountability and democracy. The promotion of Human Rights is at the center of our foreign policy”.

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José Martí
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