Thousands of Cubans took to the streets on Sunday in several cities throughout their island nation to peacefully assemble and protest, calling for liberty, free exercise of their fundamental freedoms, and change. Cuban state security forces were deployed, and many demonstrators were beaten, arrested and disappeared by the evening. The whereabouts of many are still unknown.
Videos and other disturbing images coming out of Cuba merit U.S. and international condemnation.
Independent Cuban lawyers have and will continue to work on defending those arbitrarily detained and on documentation and accountability.
There are also widely reported and documented incidents of jamming of telecommunications signals blocking Internet access to millions of Cubans pursuing information about the ongoing situation and seeking to let the world see and hear directly from the peaceful demonstrators.
American service providers of telecommunications services to the island should advise their client, the state-owned enterprise ETECSA and its subsidiaries, that censorship or weaponization of U.S. technologies and services is not only reckless, but contrary to U.S. law and long-standing policies.
“As we do in the United States, people in Cuba should have the right to redress against their government without fear of being beaten, tortured, or unlawfully imprisoned,” said Jason Poblete, President of the Global Liberty Alliance.
“American telecommunications companies providing services in Cuba should also demand that Cuba stop weaponizing American telecom goods and services and other services, including remittances, that we have noticed have been turned against the Cuban people,” added Poblete.