Inter-American Human Rights Commission Urges Further Cuban Immigration Reform

HAVANA TIMES — The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) on Monday called on Cuban authorities to continue implementing reforms so that all citizens can freely enter and leave the island, reports AFP.

The commission considers the relaxation of immigration policy to be a positive step, but the country must “fully guarantee the right of all Cubans to leave the country, to travel throughout the country, to choose their place of residence and to enter or reenter the country.”

For the commission, the generality of certain terms used “gives broad discretion to the authorities,” therefore it urged the Cuban government to fully ensure the right of all its citizens to free movement.

According to the news note, the Commission maintains that it can rule on situations in Cuba arguing that “although it is not active in the Organization of American States, it remains a member state.”