U.N. human trafficking investigator gives mixed report on Cuba

Taras Dubenets
By Taras Dubenets
April 15, 2017Worldshare

A United Nations expert gave a mixed report on Cuba after a five-day inspection.

UN Special Rapporteur on Human Trafficking Maria Grazia Giammarinaro is the first human rights investigator to visit Cuba in a decade.

She said hoped her visit would open the door to more dialogue on human rights.

She said the country’s free health care, education, and social security systems help reduce vulnerabilities that can lead to human trafficking.

Cuba was facing a migration crisis in the past couple of years.

The crisis came after the Obama administration enacted the U.S.-Cuba detente.

After the detente, thousands of Cubans sold all their belongings to raise cash to make their way to the U.S.

They feared that the United States might end its lenient asylum policy for them.

The policy allowed Cubans who enter the country illegally to become legal residents after a year.

Cuba long argued that the policy fostered illegal trafficking of migrants.

The Obama administration repealed the special immigration policy in January.

Giammarinaro said she had been informed there had been a decrease in the number of emigrants after the policy was abolished.

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