Hope, Skepticism for President Obama's Visit to Cuba
For the first time in nearly 70 years, a United States president is set to visit Cuba.
March 18, 2016
In advance of President Obama's two-day visit to Cuba, the first visit by a U.S. president in nearly 70 years, Freedom House issued the following statement:
"President Obama should make this an opportunity to voice strong support for human rights and genuine freedom, for the people of Cuba," said Carlos Ponce, director for Latin America programs. “He should make clear that in exchange for closer political and economic ties, the United States expects genuine reform – including the release of political prisoners, ending spurious ‘preventive’ detentions, genuinely free elections, and guarantees for freedom of association.”