Call for governments to stop buying Cuban doctors

Call for governments to stop buying Cuban doctors

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Revolucioncuba started this petition to Mario Draghi (Presidente del Consiglio dei Ministri) and

Cuba makes an estimated $8.2–11 billion dollars a year on leasing doctors to foreign nations. These doctors are not only paid below the living wage but are restricted to their freedoms. We are calling for governments to halt their buying of Cuban doctors, an industry that funds the Cuban regime more than tourism— while also violating basic human rights.

Cuba regulates even the most mundane aspects of the lives of Cuban medical personnel on missions, in ways that violate their rights to freedom of association. Under Resolution 168 of 2010, issued by the Ministry of External Commerce and Foreign Investment, it is considered a “disciplinary offense” to have “relationships” with anyone whose “actions are not consistent with the principles and values of the Cuban society,” as well as to be “friends or establish any other links” with Cuban dissidents, people who have “hostile or contrary views to the Cuban revolution,” or who are “promoters of a way of life contrary to the principles that a Cuban collaborator abroad must represent.” Living with “unauthorized” people is also a disciplinary offense. Deployed personnel are required to disclose all “romantic relationships” to their immediate supervisors.

Sanctions for violating the rules range from withholding wages to recalling the person to Cuba. Under Cuba’s Penal Code, medical staff who “abandon” their jobs may face criminal charges and imprisonment for up to eight years – a punishment that is grossly disproportionate, implicating the workers’ right to liberty.

(—Human Rights Watch)

 

 

 

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