Obama’s recent efforts to restore U.S.-Cuba relations have been called out for neglecting American values and ideals.
Human Rights issues in Cuba have only been growing worse; more Cubans have been leaving the island. There have been 8,600 detention and arrests in 2015, with 2,500 in the first two months of 2016, a “315 percent increase from five years ago” (Source).
Dr, Oscar Elias Biscet, one of the most well-known human rights activists of Cuba, who has received a U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom, argues that Obama’s efforts “undermined American values.” Others join him to say the Obama administration has not put enough pressure, in its deals with Cuba, to improve the human rights issues of the island country. U.S. policies may be more open now, but it does so by weakening what the U.S. has inscribed in its Bill of Rights.
Ultimately, they plead for the U.S. to not tolerate Cuba’s violations of human rights when negotiating.
Ileana Ros-Lhetinen, Miami Republican Rep. even says Obama’s policies have emboldened the Castro family, leading back to rise of human rights violations in Cuba. However the U.S. continues in its relationship with Cuba will influence the future treatment of the Cuban people. In future proceedings, the credibility and dedication of the "free world" would then also be in a hazy state.
Photo: Cuban dissident Oscar Elias Biscet with a copy of the Cuban constitution of 1940, during a talk at the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies at the University of Miami last month. AL DIAZ Miami Herald Photo appears in Original Source