LatinNews Daily - 17 January 2022

US sanctions more Cuban officials

Cuba: On 6 January the US State Department announced visa restrictions on eight Cuban officials who it said were “implicated in attempts to silence the voices of the Cuban people through repression, unjust detentions, and harsh prison sentences” in relation to the 11 July 2021 anti-government protests. According to the US State Department approximately 600 protesters across the island remain jailed after the 11 July protests, some with “worsening health conditions and no access to proper food, medicine, or calls to their loved ones”. According to the US State Department, these visa restrictions reinforce the US’s “commitment to supporting the Cuban people and promoting accountability for Cuban officials who enable the regime’s affront to democracy and human rights”. The State Department notes that these actions magnify the impact of four US Treasury Department sanctions enacted since 11 July and the State Department’s 30 November announcement of visa restrictions on nine Cuban officials connected to repression of 15 November activists – a reference to the protests planned for November which were thwarted by the Cuban government.

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