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US: Cuba’s political prisoners are “affront” to democracy

UNITED NATIONS (AP) – The U.S. says 130 political prisoners in Cuba are a “blatant affront” to democratic freedoms.

But the Cuban ambassador to the United Nations said Monday that the U.S. lacks the moral authority to teach other countries such lessons given what she calls the Trump administration’s “agenda of supremacist, racist and xenophobic ideas.”

The U.S. plans to formally launch an anti-Cuban campaign Tuesday at the United Nations called “Jailed for What?” holding Cuba’s regime responsible for human rights violations.

Cuban Ambassador Anayansi Rodriguez Camejo (cah-MEH’-hoh) says the U.S. itself has violated human rights, especially in the use of torture, detention and “arbitrary deprivation of liberty” at Guantanamo Bay, where terrorism suspects have been held for years. She also points to U.S. immigrant policies that have separated parents and children.

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