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Obama denounces Cuba's treatment of dissidents

 A member of the Cuban dissident group Ladies in White holds an image of the late Cuban dissident Orlando Zapata Tamayo announcing a mass in his honor...
 Supporters of Cuba's government chant revolutionary slogans as they argue with members of the Cuban dissident group 'Ladies in White' in Havana, Cuba...

Cuba Political Prisoners

A member of the Cuban dissident group Ladies in White holds an image of the late Cuban dissident Orlando Zapata Tamayo announcing a mass in his honor...

Cuba Political Prisoners

Supporters of Cuba's government chant revolutionary slogans as they argue with members of the Cuban dissident group 'Ladies in White' in Havana, Cuba...

U.S. President Barack Obama denounced the Cuban government Wednesday for harassing the mother of a political prisoner who died after a long hunger strike, and said her treatment and the detention of other dissidents stood as evidence of the island's poor human rights record.
The statement came as a pro-government crowd threw eggs and shouted insults outside a home where Cuban opposition leaders were marking the one-year anniversary of the death of Orlando Zapata Tamayo, who passed away following an 83-day hunger strike. A leading Cuban human rights leader told The Associated Press that at least 46 opposition activists had been detained across the island, though most were quickly released.
Obama said Zapata's "selfless and tragic death" had "galvanized the world's attention to the ongoing mistreatment of those unjustly held by Cuban authorities."
"The Cuban people must know that their suffering does not go unnoticed and that the United States remains unwavering in our commitment to defend the inalienable right of the Cuban people to enjoy the freedoms that define the Americas and that are universal to all human beings," he said.
There was no immediate reaction from Cuba to the U.S. leader's statement.


Updated : 2021-10-18 19:52 GMT+08:00