Two tests of Cuba’s willingness to improve its “dismal” human rights record will come in 2015, when the government of Raúl Castro has promised to release 53 political prisoners and begin expanding Internet access as part of a deal to re-establish relations with the United States, The New York Times reports.
American officials will be watching to see that all 53 prisoners are released as promised and allowed unrestricted movement inside the country, or “if the Cuban government undermines the gesture by continuing to detain or harass other political opponents,” the Times reports.
The communist regime off the Florida coast has also pledged to let American companies in to help build up Cuba’s Internet access.
It is believed that Cuba is holding more political prisoners than just the 53 scheduled for release, and formal U.S.-Cuba talks on human rights aren’t scheduled. Read more.