The president of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel, has blamed "the imperial lie" of the complaint presented to the International Criminal Court (ICC) against him, his immediate predecessor, Raúl Castro, and four other high-ranking officials for crimes against humanity. humanity that would have been committed in the so-called international missions.
"Once again, the imperial lie tries to discredit Cuban programs of health collaboration with other countries, describing them as a practice of 'modern slavery' and 'trafficking in persons'," he said on Twitter on Wednesday.
Díaz-Canel stressed that "more than 600,000 Cubans have provided medical services in more than 160 countries in the last 55 years" and another 35,613 health professionals from 138 countries have been trained on the Caribbean island for free.
In his opinion, with these judicial maneuvers, "the United States seeks to restore the program of brain drain to Cuban doctors." «The solidarity and the example of Cuba bother them», has riveted.
Prisoners Defenders International Network and the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) informed on Tuesday that they have denounced Diaz-Canel, Castro and the foreign ministers, Bruno Rodríguez; Public Health, José Ángel Portal; Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment, Rodrigo Malmierca; and Labor and Social Security, Margarita González; before the ICC, the United Nations and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
The 350-page complaint states that between 50,000 and 100,000 Cuban professionals working in international missions deployed in between 65 and 100 countries are victims of "slavery, persecution and other inhumane acts" that would constitute crimes against humanity.
According to the complainants, the professionals – doctors, professors and artists, among others – are "strongly coerced" to render their services in countries that pay Cuba for it. During the three years that international missions usually last, they live in conditions of "slavery".
The two organizations claim that they are subject to strict surveillance, which involves the withdrawal of passports and academic titles, the prohibition of relating to nationals and foreigners and curfew, to prevent them from deserting and exercising their profession freely.
Those who manage to desert face eight years of prohibition of entry to Cuba, so "tens of thousands of families are separated", while those who risk returning to Cuban soil face between three and eight years in prison .
The priority objective of international missions would be purely economic. Prisoners Defenders and the UNPACU calculate that the Cuban State earns 8,000 million dollars per year, with professionals receiving between 90 and 75 percent of the salary they receive from the paying country. (tagsToTranslate) diaz (t) canel (t) lie (t) imperial