Luis Miguel del Bahia
HAVANA TIMES — The Cuban state prioritizes the family. No one born in Cuba can be deprived of their nationality. So says the constitution.
Nationality implies the right of residence, except in Cuba – so it seems from what happened to a friend of mine.
She went abroad to do a PhD, but decided to stay. She was then not only automatically disqualified for ever working in Cuba as a teacher, but her request to re-enter the country was denied.
The consulate told her that she was not allowed to come back, giving no further explanation. They didn’t tell her how long she would have to remain outside the country or what conditions she would have to meet. She only got a “no” and silence – and her own tears.
Why won’t they let her voluntarily come back to go on trial under the corresponding charges they might bring against her. Who decides arbitrarily which people to exile?
They ask for the extradition of Posada Carriles, but in this woman’s case they didn’t even let her respond voluntarily to justice. All Cubans are equal before the law; the constitution also says that.
It sounds weird to label a university professor a “deserter,” like some soldier in a war. The battle must be one of ideas, with crimes paid for with more than thought.
She has a little girl back in Cuba, so the separation is killing her. Possibly she has one last resort: repatriation.
If the underlying logic is that Cuba paid for her education, sufficient economic sanctions would be enough. But the authorities think differently: defectors must remain behind the enemy’s lines.
Without a country, but without a master, she might reply.