The U.S. Agency for International Development is offering up to $3 million to organizations that would “investigate, collect, and analyze information related to human rights violations – including forced labor – of Cuban medical personnel exported overseas.”
USAID on Monday stated:
The Cuban regime exploits its medical professionals, teachers and other workers, using them to buy international financial and political support and keep its struggling economy afloat, while pocketing the majority of these workers’ salaries and subjecting them to poor living conditions, constant surveillance, and threatening those who wish to leave their mission. At the same time, Cubans on the island struggle to find adequate healthcare and other basic services while the regime touts the false narrative that it has the best medical care in the world.
The agency’s request for applications follows State Department action on June 20 to add Cuba to its blacklist of human traffickers to combat purported “forced labor” in Cuba’s foreign medical mission program.
Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel criticized the move as “more lies and slanders.” The medical mission program is an “example of solidarity, humanity and noble and legitimate cooperation between the Southern countries,” he tweeted.
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