UN Torture Investigator Blocked From Cuba Mission
VOA News 09 June 2010
The United Nations torture investigator says he has been blocked from
visiting Cuba to look into allegations of human rights abuses.
Manfred Nowak said Wednesday he was disappointed when Cuba informed him
they would be unable to accommodate his mission before his term ends
several months from now on October 30.
Nowak said Cuba had issued a "clear invitation" to allow him to assess
the torture situation on the ground, but repeated attempts to schedule
the trip had been blocked.
There was no immediate comment from Cuba.
Last week, the U.S.-based human rights group Freedom House named Cuba
among the top 20 worst human rights abusers in the world, saying it and
the other listed countries severely suppress political opposition,
independent organization, and criticism of the state.