Ban on travel to Cuba violates human rights, says foreign minister

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Havana, Dec 9 (RHC) Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez expressed his rejection of the ban on flights from the U.S. to nine Cuban airports, except to Havana, which will take effect tomorrow, Dec. 10, International Human Rights Day.

As of December 10, the White House will ban flights by U.S. commercial airlines to Cuba, except those arriving through the capital’s José Martí international airport.

That decision, which joins the list of restrictions adopted by the U.S. government to undo the bilateral rapprochement initiated under Barack Obama’s administration, will prevent airlines like American Airlines, JetBlue and Delta from traveling to other Cuban provinces.

A communiqué from the State Department stated that the suspension of flights “until further notice” seeks to prevent the Cuban government from “obtaining access to foreign currency from U.S. travelers,” although it also harms thousands of Cuban Americans who visit their relatives on the island each year.

International Human Rights Day was instituted in commemoration of the establishment of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.

(Taken from ACN in Spanish)

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