The United States imposes sanctions on Cuban statesman Raul Castro, leader of the Communist Party of Cuba, for “grave human rights violations,” the State Department said Thursday.
“Today, we include Raul Castro and his close relatives on the sanctions list for his involvement in a serious violation of human rights,” Pompeo said in a Twitter statement.
It notes that the crisis in Venezuela and Cuba is guilty of “ignoring the Cuban regime’s human rights and using violent measures to support the former Maduro regime.”
A statement released by the US State Department said sanctions were also imposed on four Castro children.
It notes that, as the First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, Castro is responsible for actions aimed at supporting the “former regime of Maduro in Venezuela.”
“By collaborating with the military and intelligence agencies of Maduro, members of the Cuban intelligence services were involved in serious human rights violations and crimes in Venezuela, including torture,” the statement said.
Since April 19, 2011, Raul Castro has been the leader of the ruling Communist Party of Cuba.
Raul Castro was born on June 3, 1931. From February 24, 2008 to April 19, 2018, he was chairman of the Cuban State Council. This is the highest public office in the country. Among other things, the chairman of the State Council is the chairman of the Council of Ministers and the supreme commander. Before him, the chairman of the State Council was his older brother Fidel Castro.
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