Friday 30 October, 2020

Cuban Ambassador reacts to US human trafficking allegations

Cuban Ambassador to Saint Lucia, His Excellency Alejandro Simancas Martin

Cuban Ambassador to Saint Lucia, His Excellency Alejandro Simancas Martin

Cuban ambassador to Saint Lucia, Alejandro Simancas Martin, has responded to allegations that the nation is using its medical missions programme as a form of human trafficking.

The United States of America, last month, labeled Cuba's medical missions as 'forced labor' in its human trafficking report and kept Cuba on the blacklist of countries that do not do enough to fight human trafficking.

According to the US State Department: "The Cuban government keeps most of the wages earned by its doctors and nurses while serving on its international medical missions and exposes them to atrocious working conditions.

Host countries seeking Cuba's help for COVID-19 should review the agreements and stop labor abuses."

"The United States does not have any legitimacy or any moral to question not only Cuba but any other country," the ambassador said.

Cuban doctors were sent to several countries around the world to assist in the fight against the coronavirus.

Saint Lucia was among these countries and received 100 medical personnel from Cuba.

According to the Cuban ambassador, the accusations seem to be a political stunt by the United States.

"This is not based on real information but manipulated information. It's a political issue for the United States. They are using lies with political purpose and this is another sample of that. They are trying to sanction some countries for having the Cuba Medical Brigade... all politically motivated by some people in the United States Senate."

He continued: "This is a moment of cooperation and international solidarity to help people to save lives so this is what they should do rather than trying to hurt the international medical corporation. It is recognised by the United Nations and the United States, being the biggest economic power in the world, should be involved in these efforts rather than trying to manipulate lies with a purpose of domination."

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