PARIS (AP) —
The U.N. rights chief is urging the discharge of all these detained in Cuba’s protests and calling on the federal government to handle their grievances.
In a press release Friday, U.N. Excessive Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet known as for an investigation into the dying of a protester in Havana, a 36-year-old who died Monday throughout clashes between demonstrators and police.
“I urge the Authorities to handle the protesters’ grievances via dialogue, and to respect and totally shield the rights of all people to peaceable meeting and to freedom of opinion and expression,” mentioned Bachelet, a former Chilean president.
She expressed concern over widespread arrests. “It’s notably worrying that these embody people allegedly held incommunicado and other people whose whereabouts are unknown. All these detained for exercising their rights have to be promptly launched,” she mentioned.
She additionally known as for an finish to sanctions in opposition to Cuba, “given their unfavorable affect on human rights, together with the appropriate to well being.”
Cuba in latest days has seen its greatest protests in a quarter-century, pushed by meals shortages, rising costs and different grievances. Police arrested dozens of protesters, generally violently, and the federal government has accused protesters of looting and vandalizing retailers.
The Cuban authorities initially blamed social media and the U.S. authorities for the protests, however Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel later acknowledged shortcomings in his authorities’s dealing with of shortages and of neglecting sure sectors.