Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday denounced the “Dacronianas Norms” that the Cuban government has imposed on health workers sending medical missions abroad, including health professionals who have traveled to other countries to help fight the pandemic contribute to the coronavirus and urges host governments to ensure respect for these donors’ human rights.
The Cuban medical missions began in 1963 with those deployed to Algeria and have since spread all over the world. Around 30,000 Cuban toilets have currently been sold abroad. In addition, there are 1,500 that the Caribbean island has made available to combat COVID-19 in various parts of Europe, Africa or Latin America, according to the HRW.
“Cuban doctors dispatched to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic offer valuable services to many communities, but at the cost of their most basic freedoms,” said José Miguel Vivanco, HRW director for America, in a statement.
The NGO has stated that “Cuba has drafted repressive norms that regulate the lives of those who send it abroad,” that “severely restrict freedom of expression, association, movement, and the privacy of health workers.”