On May 26, the Global Liberty Alliance sent a letter to Uruguay's Ambassador to the United States thanking Uruguay for its efforts in unmasking forced labor practices by the Cuban Communist Party Medical Brigade programs.
In the correspondence to Ambassador Andres Augusto Duran Hareau (included below), GLA also enclosed a letter sent two weeks earlier to Uruguayan Representative Dr. Javier Radiccioni, on May 12, to bring attention to much-needed accountability regarding the use of Cuban Medical Brigade workers in Uruguay.
Last year, GLA requested and published over 100 records showing transactions between Cuba and Uruguay. Those records included an agreement between Uruguay's Ministry of Social Development and Cuba's Ministry of Health for the contracting of services to be provided by Cuban medical professionals in exchange for funds and business arrangements.
Following the publication of those records, in July 2020, GLA announced that a complaint had been filed with Uruguay's National Institute of Human Rights and Ombudsman Office (INDDHH) - Uruguay's human rights agency - to compel the release of further records on the contracting of Cuban medical workers. At that time, GLA also urged the INDDHH to look into the trafficking in Cuban medical professionals.
Based on records reviewed by GLA, and other efforts underway to unmask trafficking and forced labor practices involved in the use of Cuban medical brigades, there are sufficient grounds to press for economic sanctions in the United States, and perhaps other nations.
In the letters sent to both Ambassador Hareau and Dr. Radiccioni (included below), GLA urged the government of Uruguay to further investigate these practices.
For more information on GLA's efforts in uncovering human trafficking and forced labor practices surrounding the Cuban medical brigades in Uruguay, please see our Uruguay Cuban Medical Mission Files.
Originally published May 18, 2021.
Updated May 27, 2021.