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Cuba reaffirms its commitment to prevent and fight human trafficking



HAVANA, Cuba, Nov 23 (ACN) Oscar Silvera Martinez, Cuban minister of Justice, ratified Cuba's firm commitment to continue improving the prevention and fight against human trafficking and to contribute to international cooperation against this scourge.

Speaking at the General Debate of the High-Level Meeting of the General Assembly on the review of the United Nations Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons, Silvera Martinez rejected the inclusion of his country in the Trafficking in Persons Report issued unilaterally by the U.S. State Department.

The politicization of this issue does nothing to contribute to greater and better international cooperation in this matter, said the Cuban minister in his speech, published on the foreign ministry's website, Cubaminrex.

He warned that the Trafficking in Persons Report seeks to denigrate the meritorious work of hundreds of thousands of Cuban health professionals and technicians who for decades and with deep solidarity and humanistic vocation, have volunteered their assistance in dozens of countries, including most recently in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Silvera Martinez, human trafficking has little incidence in Cuba, and the implementation of a zero-tolerance policy, based on the principles of prevention, confrontation and protection of victims, has been essential to achieve these results.

By virtue of the island's firm commitment to the fight against this scourge, a national report on its situation in the country has been published since 2013, and promoting effective international cooperation in the fight against it is a priority for Cuba, he concluded.

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