WASHINGTON.—Monday July 27, the United States withdrew Cuba from its list which every year evaluates governmental actions taken to confront trafficking in persons, and other forms of exploitation, according to PL.
In a report on 188 countries, elaborated unilaterally by the State Department, Cuba’s efforts to combat such trafficking were recognized.
Sarah Sewall, under secretary of state for human rights, explained that Washington believes Cuba is making progress in this area and recognizes the country’s commitment to abide by minimum standards.
The State Department released its 2014 report on human trafficking around the world, identifying countries which, in the opinion of the United States, do not take appropriate action to address the problem – something which can lead to the imposition of sanctions.
The report notes that for two consecutive years Cuban authorities have reported on efforts undertaken to confront trafficking in persons.
This list, on which Cuba should never have been included, like the list of state sponsors of terrorism, is developed unilaterally, and in a questionable fashion, by the United States.