Promoting Human Rights and Democratic Reforms in Cuba

Those of us who are critics of Obama’s new initiatives on Cuba oppose them because we know that the single biggest obstacle to economic and political freedom in Cuba for 55 years has been and still is the Castro regime. Tragically, although President Obama’s new approach is being touted as an historic shift in U.S.-Cuba relations, all of the measures implemented thus far, serve to reinforce the status quo—legitimizing and benefiting a regime that has a 55-year track record of opposing change. The normalization of diplomatic relations will have very little positive impact on the lives of Cubans, unless President Obama now rallies other countries to press for economic and political change. If he fails to do follow up with a vigorous pro-democracy campaign and fails to incorporate authentic Cuban voices into the ongoing dialogue process, his new approach will prolong the Castro dictatorship and accomplish little else.

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