Excerpt from full statement:
Cuba was upgraded to Tier 2 Watch List. With a diplomatic opening unmatched by any political opening, Freedom House ranks Cuba as Not Free. Some might claim a past downward political bias against Cuba in U.S. trafficking assessments was removed with the diplomatic opening. I do not look at the past that way.
The grounds for an upgrade are deeply questionable. The Report says:
- “The penal code does not criminalize all forms of human trafficking” on paper, not to speak of enforcement.
- The Cuba regime did not even dissemble and claim any “efforts to prevent forced labor” nor “any trafficking - specific shelters. ”