President Michael D Higgins
Áras an Uachtaráin
Dear President Higgins,
Mr. President I have followed your visit to Cuba with great interest upon learning that human rights would be part of the dialogue during your stay. Only to be disappointed by what appeared in the press and your past praise for Fidel Castro. Cuba has suffered under a totalitarian communist dictatorship for 58 years. The Castro regime has demonstrated over that time a complete disdain for human rights including conditioning both access to healthcare and education to loyalty for the dictatorship.
|Amnesty Int'l designated Eduardo Cardet a prisoner of conscience on January 31, 2017|
I would hope that in your continuing conversations with General Raul Castro that you request that physician, family man, Christian Democrat and Amnesty International designated prisoner of conscience Eduardo Cardet Concepción be freed. Even outside of political considerations both education and healthcare leave a lot to be desired in Cuba despite the government propaganda.
|David Mauri Cardoso expelled from University of Cienfuegos for political reasons|
Next week February 24th marks 21 years since the Brothers to the Rescue shoot down when two civilian planes were blown out of international airspace by Cuban MiGs on Fidel Castro's and General Raul Castro's orders in an act of state terrorism. Four men were killed and two of them were friends of mine and the day still resonates with me.
|Extrajudicially executed on orders of the Castro brothers on February 24, 1996|
|President Michael D Higgins with General Raul Castro|