UN rights chief calls for prompt release of protestors held in Cuba, 7/18/21

Violence, cuba

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“It is particularly worrying that these include individuals allegedly held incommunicado and people whose whereabouts are unknown. All those detained for exercising their rights must be promptly released,” she said.

Ms. Bachelet also lamented the death of one person in protests in the capital, Havana. She underlined the importance of conducting “an independent, transparent, effective investigation” into the incident, and for those responsible to be held accountable.

“I urge the Government to address the protesters’ grievances through dialogue, and to respect and fully protect the rights of all individuals to peaceful assembly and to freedom of opinion and expression,” she said.

The High Commissioner also urged the authorities to fully restore access to the Internet and social media. She reiterated her appeal for the lifting of sectoral sanctions, which have had a negative impact on human rights, including the right to health.

Haiti Asks for US Troops to Protect Country's Infrastructure by Harry Johnson, 7/11/21

Haiti collapse, Jovenel Moise

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According to the minister, the request was made after US Secretary of State Tony Blinken and President Joe Biden himself had “promised to help Haiti” in the wake of the president's assassination earlier this week. He warned that “urban terrorists” could exploit current tensions and carry out further attacks.

Asked for clarification on whether the Pentagon would send any military support to the Caribbean island nation, a department spokesperson declined to comment.

While US State Department spokeswoman Jalina Porter also said during today's press briefing that she could not confirm that such a request was made, White House press secretary Jen Psaki did note that federal agents from the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security would be dispatched to the Haitian capital to assist “as soon as possible.”

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