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U.S. Government funds attacks on Cuban medical missions


HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 7 (ACN) The United States offers up to three million dollars to organizations investigating Cuban medical missions, in a new attack against one of the most important solidarity programs in the Caribbean country, according to information Prensa Latina News Agency.

According to the source, the Cuba Money Project website reported that the U.S. Agency for International Development (Usaid) will give that amount of money to groups that 'would investigate, compile and analyze information' related to alleged violations of the human rights of Cuban health personnel working abroad.

This measure follows the State Department's decision to add Cuba to a list of countries that Washington says fail to meet minimum standards to eliminate human trafficking, despite the zero tolerance declared by the government of Cuba.

The action of the Usaid takes place, moreover, after the State Department announced on July 26 visa restrictions against officials linked to Cuba's medical missions abroad.

Despite the prestige of the work offered by Cuban health professionals in the most varied areas of the world and the voluntary nature of these missions, Trump's administration also used presumed coercive practices and labor abuse as an argument for this measure, the information adds.

The new actions do not constitute the first time that Washington has attacked the Cuban health missions, as it has already made them the target of its policy against Cuba with the implementation of the so-called Parole Program for Cuban doctors.

This mechanism, approved under George W. Bush (2001-2009) and suspended under Barack Obama (2009-2017), promoted brain drain by urging doctors and other health professionals to abandon internationalist missions and migrate to the United States through special agreements.

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