Cuba Civil Rights Essay

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Picture a country that has limits on how much you can make random government imprisonments and more what do you do. That is the situation for the eleven million seventy-five thousand two hundred forty-four people of Cuba since the takeover of Fidel Castro. The US is opposed to Castro taking control of Cuba. Castro managed to ease the United States nerves when he said that Cuba was against all forms of communism. According to Lana Wylie the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics became close allies with the Cubans. Then once this occurred the United States Of America put up an embargo that still lasts to today from “Fact Sheet: Cuba”. Although we have seen many ...view middle of the document...

Also any homosexuals working in the arts industry fired and sent to do hard labor this practice went on until the late 1990’s when the practice did a complete one-eighty, now gays are praised and celebrated. Also Cuba abuses their people through the harsh prison conditions. World Report 2013 Cuba" says the “…prisons are overcrowded, unhygienic, and unhealthy, leading to extensive malnutrition and illness. More than 57,000 Cubans are in prisons or work camps.” Because of this prisoners often try to protest the conditions through hunger strikes. According to World Report 2013 Cuba" the punishment for hunger striking things such as “…extended solitary confinement, beatings, restrictions on family visits, and denial or medical care.” One of the most famous hunger strikes was of the political prisoners Orlando Zapata Tamayo in 2010 he had an eighty-five day hunger strike focusing on the release of political prisoners from the “…group of 75…” . It ended with his death. The group had the option of banishment or life imprisonment according to the article World Report 2013 Cuba. Prisoners remain treated unfairly; the way citizens are sent to prison is even worse; Cuba is known for its police force violating the constitution. Many prisoners accept the fact that sending someone straight to jail is the norm.
The right to property threatened Cuban government. There is a limited amount of how much you can make. The police take property without warrants just because they want it. One way Cuba is threatening to destroy the right to property by limiting the amount Cubans can make for exampledoctors, engineers and scientists could not have made more than twenty one dollars a month from “Cuba: The Boys in Havana”. Due to this many of the old crumbling building have not had a paint job since Castro took office according to an article from Harvard called The Boys in Havana. Second, any homosexuals working in the arts got fired and sent to jobs of hard labor. Third, the government was in need of money so they robed everyone by changing their currency to the dollars on a ten percent tax for six months. Then the Cuban government changed back to the old currency on a twenty percent tax taking as an end result thirty percent of the dollar from everyone. Corrales says that the government has heavy restrictions on self-employment. Almost all business run by the government has extremely high prices. Next according to Corrales the bans include restrictions on who you can hire and heavy taxes. As a result of this, the black market is the main way people get money, according to Corrales. The only people to receive these limited rights include members of the government and military. The final form of abuse the government uses to steal from the people through the courts. “World Report 2013 Cuba” says the police departments in Cuba harasses, assaults, and imprison human rights defenders who attempt to document the abuses. Moreover, if you take money or aid from an outsider...

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