UN rights expert on human trafficking visits Cuba

A U.N rights investigator met with Cuban justice minister on Tuesday, April 11, to discuss human trafficking situation in the region, for the first time in a decade.

Cuban Justice Minister Maria Esther Reus, reported to the special rapporteur on human trafficking that Cuba has the “political will” to “confront this phenomenon with permanency and sustainability.”

Reus said efforts would be carried out in a systematic way, through prevention, confrontation, and care.

Independent U.N. investigator, Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, is an Italian judge and trafficking expert. She is in Cuba for a four-day trip, stopping in the cities of Havana, Matanzas, and Artemisa.

Cuban authorities have been known to resist what they regard as external interference in their human rights record. The last U.N. rights investigator to visit Cuba was in November 2007.