Cuba is today not only an example for Latin America but also the world, stated Colombian Henry Acosta, facilitator in the ongoing peace process between his country’s government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP), December 11, in the Ecuadoran capital.
Speaking to Prensa Latina, in the context of World Human Rights Day, the Colombian representative, who was invited to attended the opening ceremony in Quito, of the Plaza de la Memoria, presided by Ecuador’s Attorney General, stated that he wished all countries were as committed to citizens’ rights as Cuba.
“It is with good reason that Cuba is recognized as the first free territory in the Americas. The Cuba of Fidel, who hasn’t gone, who is still here, and so is compañero Raúl,” he noted.
According to Acosta, Cuba’s human rights achievements include education, health, security, housing, all of which are prioritized by the government.
Regarding over 50 years of U.S. aggression against the island, he noted that “Unfortunately, when everything seemed to be easing up, Trump arrives and it looks like things are going to get more complicated.
“Washington’s actions against Cuba constitute a violation, like many of those committed by the U.S. empire, but in this case they have been on a larger scale and lasted longer,” stated the Colombian representative.
He went on to note that Cuba is not the only country to have suffered at the hands of the U.S. empire, highlighting the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, in August 1945.
“We will never forget that they dropped bombs on those people and have not been held accountable for the massacre, and so many other things they have done. They act as if they can do whatever they like and get away with it,” stated Acosta.