Castro Regime: Keeping Families Apart for 54 Years

Cuban Government Stops Daughter from Reuniting with Father Before His Death

Blanca Reyes: Denied entry to visit ailing dadThe main stream press parrot Cuban government statistics on travel to the island, without independent sources for verification, while others talk up apparent reforms. Meanwhile, Cuban families continue to suffer and be divided on account of the communist dictatorship. One example, first reported back on August 14, has ended tragically.

Blanca Reyes had requested on July 22, 2013, permission to return to her homeland to visit her ailing 93-year-old father. However, on August 13, 2013, a Cuban consulate official denied her that opportunity. Two months later on October 13, 2013 Blanca tweeted:

My dad fractured his hip, they are going to operate, and Cuban government denies me entrance to see him. He is 93 years old.

In a later tweet she raised an important question:

Unable to enter your home, Cuba, can someone explain that? I address the people who still support the Cuban Government.

Two days later on October 15, 2013, Blanca tweeted the sad news that the father and daughter would never again to be reunited:

My father died today in Cuba did not see him for 9 years the Cuban government stopped me. UNTIL WHEN MY GOD?

Despite the regime’s propaganda offensive and media hype, the right to travel freely remains non-existent in Cuba. In this particular case, they denied a daughter the opportunity to say goodbye to her dad. Unfortunately, Blanca is not alone, given that every year the Cuban dictatorship denies between 70,000 and 300,000 Cubans from returning to their homeland under arbitrary criteria set by two men.

The Castro brothers decide who gets to travel in and out of Cuba, and that goes by what advances their interests. It is all up to the discretion of the dictatorship, which means that Article 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, like so many other articles in the declaration, is systematically violated in Cuba today.

8 comments
CarlosFinlay
CarlosFinlay

Mr. Suarez, this lady obviously lends herself to anti-Cuban media propaganda promoted by the USA a country whose policy is and has been to remove the Cuban government.  The Ladies in White receive financial support form the USA especially people associated with terrorism who advocate and participate among other activities the violent overthrow of the Cuban government.  These people would be jailed here.  W. Bush stated that those people who associated with terrorism are terrorist so unfortunately for them they would be considered terrorist and were they not participating in supporting US anti-Cuban policy but instead associated with countries considered unfriendly to the US may end up incommunicado with  no expectation of Habeas Corpus.  In the most favorable view people supported  and funded directly or indirectly by the US would be considered agents of a foreign government.  You may remember that there are Five Cubans who were sentenced to long prison terms(some to life terms) after a sham trial for the simple reason of being unregistered foreign agents infiltrating terrorist groups in Miami and monitoring public known activity of a US base during a time where the US government was threatening howsoever subtle with invading the island.  I may not convince you for obviously you benefit form the current US anti-Cuban policy.  Your testimony in Congress conveniently left out the abuses of US policy against the Cuban people not only currently but historically.  Furthermore your claim of the Cubans denied return is grossly exaggerated and consistent with the barrage of misinformation propagated on US and participating foreign media.  The facts of US anti-Cuban policy speak for themselves.

CarlosFinlay
CarlosFinlay

Sorry Suarez, is not as simple as that.  I know that many Americans of Arab descent have much difficulties.  The W Bush administration restricted even emergency family visits to every three years.  Currently the US  relaxed a failed policy and has granted Cubans more visiting visas than at any other time.  There have been more Cuban-Americans visits to Cuba since the W Bush years, yet US residents still need permission form the US to visit even their family in Cuba, all be it under a general license(so much for freedom). There are exemptions of denied visas or permits by Cuba as there are denials by the US of Cubans visiting here.  There are many Americans that are denied the right to return here except to a jail.  Ask Snowden, not to mention the ones in long prison sentences for exposing human rights violation by US government.  Need their names?  The inescapable truth is that anti-Cubans in Congress maintain a policy which violates the human rights of not only Cubans but Americans. Perhaps you may want to address those issues of the anti-Cuban policy to the congress since this is such a democratic and humanistic country.  While you are at it you may want ask why the US government tolerates anti-Cuban terrorists in Miami and has to spend millions of dollars of taxpayer's money each year to pay for "democratic movements" and advocates such as yourself and others while ignoring a cruel embargo opposed by the majority of the American people.  US policy has adversely for the past 50 years the daily lives of 11 million Cubans.  

Milton Sanchez-Parodi

CarlosFinlay
CarlosFinlay

USA government and the anti-Cuban Miami and New Jersey politicians, not Castro...

John Suarez
John Suarez

@CarlosFinlayThe Ladies in White are a nonviolent movement. Secondly, the 5 Cubans you refer to were in reality 10 (but 5 pleaded guilty and cooperated), and among their activities were plans to assassinate a CIA official living in Bal Harbor using a mail bomb but only after suitably terrorizing the alleged agents to Havana's liking. Add to that plans of sabotage and harboring weapons on U.S. soil and the reasons for their prosecution and lengthy prison sentences becomes clear. In addition to an earlier blog posted in this space, Capitol Hill Cubans has an excellent entry on the subject: http://www.capitolhillcubans.com/2013/10/on-washington-post-and-cuban-five-spies.html

Elena Muller Garcia
Elena Muller Garcia

@CarlosFinlay If the United States really wanted to overthrow the Castro regime, the Castro brothers would have been long gone from the island. The current opposition to the Castro regime is non-violent, and it is carried out by the Cubans themselves. There is no need for any outsider to come to turn the people of Cuba against the regime that destroyed our families and our once prosperous nation, and that continues to do so. For 54 years the Castros have been blaming the U.S.A. for everything that is wrong in Cuba. What you are saying, Mr. Finlay, is simply a lie. You are parroting the official propaganda of the Cuban regime.

John Suarez
John Suarez

@CarlosFinlay This lady is not in the US but in Spain. She is not a terrorist or a criminal of any sort nor has she served any prison sentences. Her "crime" is to have had a husband, Raul Rivero, who was a prisoner of conscience - an independent journalist unjustly imprisoned in 2003 for his writings, and her role as a spokesperson for the Ladies in White demanding his release. If you look elsewhere on this site you'd find that I am also critical of human rights violations in the United States, but I will not manufacture false equivalences. Unlike Snowden she did not reveal classified secrets nor did she work for any intelligence agencies.

John Suarez
John Suarez

@CarlosFinlaySorry Charlie. Its the Cuban government that denies this Cuban national the right to return to her homeland.