The U.S. State Department has deplored several recent assaults on bloggers who have been critical of Cuba’s government.
On October 13, we told you the story of Yoani Sanchez, who was denied permission by the Cuban government to travel to the United States to receive a prestigious award because she openly criticizes the Cuban government’s communist system on her blog, Generation Y.
On Friday, Sanchez and another blogger say they were forcefully detained and beaten by government agents as they were on their way to a march in Havana. Sanchez said that two agents stopped her and another blogger, then ordered them into a car and proceeded to kick her and pull her hair.
Here is an excerpt from her blog on Sunday, describing her obstacles after the attack, called Blame the Victim:
After an attack there are certain myopics who blame the victim herself for what happened. If it is a woman who has been raped, someone explains that her skirt was very short or that she strutted provocatively. If it is a robbery, there are those who will say a flashy purse or shiny earrings provoked the criminal’s greed. In the case of someone who has been the object of political repression, there is no lack of people who will justify it, saying that imprudence was the cause of such an “energetic” response. In the face of these attitudes, the victim feels doubly assaulted.
The dozens of eyes that watched as Orlando and I were forced into a car with blows would prefer not to testify, and so they put themselves on the side of the criminal.
Our question today is:
As the Obama administration begins talking to repressive countries like Cuba, is the administration doing enough to hold them accountable on human rights?
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