In a press release Friday, UN excessive commissioner for human rights Michelle Bachelet referred to as for an investigation into the dying of a protester in Havana, a 36-year-old who died Monday throughout clashes between demonstrators and police.
“I urge the federal government to deal with the protesters’ grievances via dialogue, and to respect and totally shield the rights of all people to peaceable meeting and to freedom of opinion and expression,” mentioned Bachelet, a former Chilean president.
She expressed concern over widespread arrests. “It’s significantly worrying that these embrace people allegedly held incommunicado and other people whose whereabouts are unknown. All these detained for exercising their rights have to be promptly launched,” she mentioned.
She additionally referred to as for an finish to sanctions in opposition to Cuba, “given their unfavourable affect on human rights, together with the suitable to well being.”
Cuba in current days has seen its greatest protests in a quarter-century, pushed by meals shortages, rising costs and different grievances. Police arrested dozens of protesters, generally violently, and the federal government has accused protesters of looting and vandalizing outlets.
The Cuban authorities initially blamed social media and the US authorities for the protests, however Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel later acknowledged shortcomings in his authorities’s dealing with of shortages and of neglecting sure sectors.