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OAS to Host Conference “The Dark Reality behind the Cuban Medical Missions”

  December 16, 2019

The Organization of American States (OAS) will host a conference on “The Dark Reality behind the Cuban Medical Missions” this Wednesday, December 18 at 14:00 EST (19:00 GMT) in the Hall of the Americas at OAS headquarters in Washington D.C.

The Cuban medical missions have been a long-standing diplomatic tool used by the Cuban government to build relationships around the world. In recent years, controversy has surrounded these activities as the Cuban government has been accused of exploiting thousands of its citizens, forcing their participation in the program in a manner consistent with human trafficking. In recent months, there have also been allegations of the program being used for more disruptive activities, including involvement in protests and activities with a destabilizing impact on governments in the region or even countries not aligned with the Cuban regime´s way of thinking.

The OAS General Secretariat, along with the Victims of Communism Foundation, will hold a conference to explore these issues. Speakers and moderators at the conference include:

• Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the OAS
• Marion Smith, Executive Director, Victims of Communism Foundation
• Carrie Filipetti, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cuba and Venezuela, U.S. Department of State
• Carlos Trujillo, Permanent Representative of the United States to the OAS
• Carlos Ponce, Victims of Communism Foundation
• John Barsa, Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
• Javier Larrondo, Cuban Prisoners Defenders
• Sam Dubbin, litigant in the case in the United States against PAHO
• Maria Werlau, Cuba Archive Executive Director
• Dr. Dania Cao Quintero, Cuban doctor who worked in Haiti and Venezuela

Attendance is by invitation only, but all are invited to follow the live broadcast on the OAS Website and the OAS Facebook page

Press Contact: Mónica Reyes (MReyes@oas.org).

WHAT: OAS to Host Conference “The Dark Reality behind the Cuban Medical Missions”

WHEN: Wednesday, December 18, at 14:00 EST (19:00 GMT)

WHERE: Hall of the Americas
Organization of American States
17th Street & Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20006

Reference: AVI-264/19