Cuba rejects U.S. accusations on human trafficking

11:30, June 16, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

The Cuban government said Tuesday the U.S. State Department's report on human trafficking was "false and disrespectful" and rejected the "unlikely inclusion of Cuba in the worst of their categories."

"These shameful slander deeply offended the Cuban people," said the statement signed by Josefina Vidal, director of the North America Department of the Cuban Foreign Ministry.

Washington presented on Monday the "Human Trafficking Report 2010," which said Cuba did not meet the minimum standards to combat human trafficking, adding that the island country was "primarily a source of children subjected to trafficking, especially for commercial sexual exploitation within the country."

Vidal stressed "in Cuba there is no sexual trafficking of minors, but an outstanding performance on the protection of children, youth and women."

"Cuba does not qualify as country of origin, transit, or destination of this scourge. The legislation and measures taken in this area places us among the countries of the region with the most advanced standards and mechanisms to prevent and combat the human trafficking," the official said.

She noted the report could only be understood as the "desperate" need for the U.S. government "to justify, under any pretext, the persistence of its cruel policy of blockade, overwhelmingly rejected by the international community."

In April, Jose Juan Ortiz, representative in Havana of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said very few countries had the same achievements of Cuba to guarantee the medical coverage and education to all children.

Ortiz acknowledged how the Cuban government provided free access of children to schools and recreation, without racial or gender discrimination. He said the nation served an example of respect for the rights of children and adolescents.

Source: Xinhua


  • Do you have anything to say?


Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • Giant red lantern lights up in Tiananmen Square to celebrate the coming National Day on Oct. 1. (Xinhua/Li Xin)
  • A ceremony is held in Taipei, southeast China's Taiwan, on Sept. 28, 2011, to commemorate the 2,562nd birthday of Confucius (551-479 BC), a Chinese thinker, educationist and philosopher. (Xinhua/Wu Ching-teng)
  • The world's first Boeing 787 Dreamliner for delivery arrives at Haneda airport in Tokyo, capital of Japan, on Sept. 28, 2011. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner, whose buyer is All Nippon Airways (ANA), will implement a flight of ANA on Oct. 26 from Tokyo's Narita Airport to Hong Kong in south China. (Xinhua/Ji Chunpeng)
  • A Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) fighter shows what is believed to be human jawbone found inside a mass grave near Abu Salim prison in Tripoli, Libya, Spet. 27, 2011. The NTC on Sunday said they had found a mass grave containing the bodies of 1,270 people killed by Gaddafi's security forces in a 1996 massacre at Abu Salim prison in southern Tripoli. (Xinhua/Li Muzi)
  • Rescue workers and local residents search for survivors after a building collapsed in old Delhi, India, Sept. 27, 2011. At least 10 people were killed and 35 injured when an old three-storey building collapsed. More than a dozen people are still feared trapped under the debris, police said. (Xinhua/Partha Sarkar)
  • A visitor has flying experience in the windmill castle of Jinshitan National Holiday resort in Dalian, northeast China's Liaoning Province, Sept. 27, 2011. The castle is a 23-meter-high building with 21 meters in diameter. The castle uses wind tunnel to make objects floating in the air. It is the first indoor stadium in China, which enables people to have flying experience. (Xinhua/Zhang Chunlei)
Hot Forum Discussion