US designates Cuba’s Raul Castro for involvement in gross human rights violations – Pompeo

WASHINGTON, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Thursday that the Department is publicly designating Raul Castro and his immediate family “due to his involvement in gross violations of human rights.” Pompeo said in a statement that in addition to the public designation of Raul Castro, who is the First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party and First Secretary of the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces, the Department is also publicly designating his children.

As First Secretary of the Cuban Communist Party, “Raul Castro oversees a system that arbitrarily detains thousands of Cubans and currently holds more than 100 political prisoners,” he noted. As First Secretary of Cuba’s Armed Forces, Castro “is responsible for Cuba’s actions to prop up” the Maduro regime in Venezuela “through violence, intimidation and repression,” he said. He stressed that Castro “is complicit in undermining Venezuela’s democracy and triggering the hemisphere’s largest humanitarian crisis.” “The United States strongly supports the rights of the Cuban and Venezuelan people,” he affirmed. “We will continue to pursue all diplomatic and economic tools to help the Venezuelan people achieve the transition they deserve.” Cuba has been under increased pressure from the US, where President Donald Trump threatened earlier this year to impose “a full and complete embargo,” and “highest level sanctions” against Cuba over Venezuela.

Source: Kuwait News Agency