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    Cuban Apartheid

    Cuban Apartheid / Cubalex

    Cubalex, Havana, 14 December 2016 – In Cuba there are no conditions
    under which economic, social and cultural rights can be exercised. “All
    Cubans have free healthcare and education,” is a claim that is easily
    refuted. We continue the debate with another question: Who decided we
    Cubans could not invest in a hotel or form joint ventures with the state?

    First absolute silence, then a bombardment of stones. In the end, Pedro
    threw a pea! The National Assembly and the Council of State are those
    who dictate the laws, he responded, doubtfully.

    “Have you read any law that says Cubans cannot invest in the national
    economy?” the professor asked. No, but the law is called “The Law of
    Foreign Investment” and it assumes that only they can participate in the
    national economy at the same level as the Cuban government.

    Is it fair? He asked again. No, he said. Do you believe it is a
    violation of human rights? He continued interrogating him. I don’t know,
    he replied, annoyed. He approached him and slapped his shoulder twice.
    Yes, the state excludes us, discriminates against us, he said, while
    looking at him and nodding.

    “We all have the right to equality and non-discrimination. It is a
    universally recognized right,” explained the professor while walking
    back and forth in the improvised classroom. The critics of this law call
    it Cuban Apartheid. Do they know this is a crime in the current Cuban
    Penal Code?

    I leave them to their first task: reading paragraph (b) of Part 1 of
    Article 120 of the Penal Code. Explain in 140 characters, that is in a
    Tweet, if the situation just described could define the crime called
    “Crime of Apartheid.” See you next Wednesday. Don’t miss it!

    Source: Cuban Apartheid / Cubalex – Translating Cuba –
    translatingcuba.com/cuban-apartheid-cubalex/

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