On Wednesday, August 26, after a meeting with GLA-allied lawyers for 100 Cuban medical workers, the Brazilian Minister of Justice and Public Safety agreed to investigate the workers' allegations of forced labor in the Cuban medical mission.
The situation of Cuban medical professionals in Brazil has been well documented, especially since PAHO's role in the Cuba-Brazil contracts was identified. See the New York Times article "Cuban Doctors Accused International Agency of Profiting from Their Work" (11/29/18).
Below, read GLA's press release on the matter.
In Letter to Pompeo, GLA Urges Sanctions for Cuban Customs, Religious Officials Blocking Humanitarian Aid
On Wednesday, September 2, the Global Liberty Alliance (GLA) sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urging the U.S. Government to issue sanctions for the Cuban Communist Party officials and others who are complicit in blocking humanitarian aid from U.S.-based charitable and civil society organizations.
The aid continues to be withheld from Cuban citizens, after almost one month. GLA's letter puts forth names of Cuban Party officials, Customs officials, and officials from the Council of Churches that GLA has obtained from Cuban citizens on the island who feel cheated by their government.
See the letter below.
For more information about GLA's letter on this "blockade" of humanitarian aid, you can explore the following media coverage:
On August 12, 2020, Cuban police threatened to revoke Palenque Visión journalist Mr. Rolando Rodríguez’s parole on a trumped-up charge. Police summoned Mr. Rodríguez’s wife, Ms. Yadisley Rodríguez, also a journalist, to the station, and alleged that the family had violated parole by leaving the province, a claim that the family asserts is untrue. Because of this and their dissident journalism, the police assert the parents could both lose custody of their children.
These threats follow on the heels of a home raiding. On the night of Monday, July 27, Cuban State Security broke into and raided the Camagüey home of journalists from Palenque Visión, Yadisley Rodríguez and Rolando Rodríguez. They frightened the children and confiscated the family’s technology in an attempt to gain access to Mr. Rodríguez. They also threatened to “reeducate” Mr. Rodriguez, jail Ms. Rodríguez, and take custody of their children in their efforts to extract further information.
Read more about the repression of the Rodríguezes at the following links:
The Global Liberty Alliance Joins a Coalition in Support of the Draft Report of the Commission on Unalienable Rights
On July 30, the Global Liberty Alliance joined a coalition of friends and advocates of fundamental rights committed to upholding human rights and human dignity in sending a letter to the U.S. Department of State’s Commission on Unalienable Rights, which recently released a Draft Report.
Alexandria, VA - The Global Liberty Alliance (GLA) has received word that several members of the Association of Free Yorubas of Cuba (Asociación de Yorubas Libres de Cuba), including an underage boy, were just released from police custody after being separately summoned to the police station in Placetas, Villa Clara this afternoon. They were in police custody for 3 hours.
As ADN Cuba reported today, Timothy Zuniga Brown will replace Mara Tekach as Chargé d'Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba. For her part, Ms. Tekach will take up Mr. Zuniga Brown's current position as coordinator of the State Department’s Office of Cuban Affairs.
When asked by ADN Cuba about the appointment, GLA' s Chief Counsel and Policy Advisor Jason I. Poblete stated: "The United States will be well represented in Havana by Tim. He's very familiar not only with the politics involving the United States and Cuba and interested parties, but also with the Western Hemisphere, as well as the importance of Cuban politics in related affairs."
Los Estados Unidos estarán bien representados en La Habana por Tim. Es extremadamente conocedor no solo de la política entre Estados Unidos y Cuba y de las partes interesadas, sino también del hemisferio occidental y de la importancia de la política de Cuba en asuntos relacionados", dijo Jason Poblete, abogado de Global Liberty Alliance.
As América Tevé reported tonight, Colombia is pulling Cuban healthcare workers from its country, just days after Cuba's medical mission in Mexico was also reported to have returned to Cuba. See around 1:45 to hear GLA's efforts mentioned, and see GLA founding attorney Jason I. Poblete's comments:
Yesterday, on June 25, 2020, evangelical Pastor Ramón Rigal Rodríguez, of Guantánamo, Cuba, was released after over a year of unlawful imprisonment. Pastor Rigal and his wife, Adya Expósito, were sentenced in May 2019 to two and one-and-a-half years of prison for homeschooling their children.
In close collaboration with the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) in Purcellville, Virginia, and with Cuban religious leaders, the Global Liberty Alliance (GLA) has been advocating for the release of the Rigal parents since their trial. In late April 2019, the GLA and the HSLDA petitioned the Organization of American States’ Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) for precautionary measures to protect the Rigal family and press Cuba to release them.
While the Rigal family is finally reunited, as Radio Televisión Martí has said, the reporter who covered their trial, GLA client Roberto Quiñones, is still unjustly imprisoned. You can find more information about GLA’s advocacy for the Rigal-Expósito family here. GLA is committed to defending fundamental rights, such as freedom of religion and of belief.
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IN LETTER TO MEXICAN AMBASSADOR BÁRCENA, GLA ENCOURAGES TRANSPARENCY IN MEXICAN HIRING OF CUBAN MEDICAL WORKERS
On June 17, GLA addressed Mexican Ambassador to the U.S. Martha Bárcena Coqui in a letter, requesting that Mexico answer Mexican Senator Alejandra Noemi Reynoso Sánchez’s request for more details about the role of Cuban medical professionals in Mexico. While the Mexican government repeatedly denied having contracted Cuba’s “medical missions” in 2019 and 2020, GLA and Sen. Reynoso received credible information about the presence of Cuban health workers.
The Global Liberty Alliance has received disturbing new information from the Association of Free Yorubas of Cuba (Asociación de Yorubas Libres de Cuba) documenting numerous violations of fundamental rights on the island. The GLA is closely reviewing the material and is collaborating with the Free Yorubas to hold Cuban regime officials to account.