Capitol Hill Cubans: What CNN Failed to Ask Mariela Castro

June 7, 2012 9:20 am0 commentsViews:

Last Sunday, CNN’s Christiane Amanpour interviewed Cuban dictator Raul Castro’s daughter, Mariela.

It was part of Castro’s recent propaganda tour, courtesy of the gracious visa and other taxpayer funded services of the State Department.

In response to a question about American hostage Alan Gross, Castro answered:

“Alan Gross has been granted everything that he’s asked for: he has been able to see his wife, he has been able to have matrimonial, conjugal visits, and he has been treated with respect and dignity the way we always treat prisoners in Cuba. We haven’t received the same treatment on the other hand for our five prisoners who have very long sentences that are not right. I think that the six must be released—both the five Cubans and Alan Gross.”

Of course, Amanpour could have followed up with a variety of questions, such as:

– So why doesn’t your family allow the International Committee of the Red Cross enter the island and visit the prisons?

– So why doesn’t your family allow the U.N.’s Special Rapporteur on Torture to enter the island (despite falsely promising to do so year-after-year) and visit the prisons?

– So why did the U.N.’s Committee Against Torture blast your family’s regime just last week (see below) for its lengthy abuses towards Cuban prisoners?

But sadly, Amanpour didn’t.

Instead, she posted ”cute” Castro family pictures on her CNN blog.

In The Miami Herald:

UN panel blasts Cuba on human rights abuses

The U.N. called Friday for an independent body to gather, investigate and report on complaints of human rights abuses in Cuba.

The U.N.’s Committee Against Torture hammered Cuba on Friday for a lengthy string of human rights abuses and repeatedly complained the island had provided few or none of the details about specific allegations of abuses that it had requested.

The panel noted that it was “concerned by reports denouncing the use of coercive methods during (police) interrogations, particularly the denial of sleep, detention under conditions of isolation and exposure to sudden changes in temperatures.” Read More…