|Tuesday, 15 January 2013 15:15|
Last year, the Cuban government announced a series of legal changes allowing Cubans to travel outside of Cuba without government permission. The new travel regulations went into effect yesterday.
A U.S. Department of State spokesman said yesterday the "United States welcomes any reforms that allow Cubans to depart from and return to their country freely, which is obviously a right that's provided to everyone under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to be able to come and go from your own country or any other country." However, the spokesman added that Cuba "i[s] still one of the most repressive places in terms of its human rights record, in terms of its restrictions on its citizens, in terms of speech, assembly, political rights, et cetera. But we welcome any liberalization and we hope that this will turn out to be one such."
PT Law consultant, Dr. Andy Gomez was interviewed by the Voice of Russia on this matter. Dr. Gomez is a leading Cuba expert who has followed this issue for decades. The interview can be listened to in its entirety by following this link.
Dr. Gomez is currently the special assistant for international affairs and a senior fellow at the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies at the University of Miami.
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