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Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Cuba Rejects Its Inclusion in U.S. Blacklist on Human Trafficking
Havana, Cuba, Jun 20.- Cuba categorically rejected its groundless inclusion in the list of countries that do not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of human trafficking and have not made any significant efforts to address the issue.
A statement by Josefina Vidal, head of the Office for the United States of the Cuban Foreign Ministry, criticized the move, and accused Washington of using such delicate issue to discredit the island and justify its shameful policy of sanctions against the Cuban people.
The list is elaborated by the U.S.government as part of its annual Trafficking in Persons Report. The U.S.administration has been repeatedly accused of manipulating those reports for political purposes, as in the case of the controversial List of States Sponsor of Terrorism, in which Cuba is also included, while no real motives for its presence there exist. (RHC).