Cuba Criticized by Human Rights Foundation Over Treatment of Artists

The Cuban government is facing stern criticism for its treatment of artists that dissent against the government. Gorki Aguila is the latest victim in the Cuban government’s crackdown on artists that speak out against the dictatorial regime. Aguila, a native Cuban is a strong human rights advocate and the leading vocalist in the Cuban rock band Porno para Ricardo. The band is well known for its anti-government stance.

Lead singer of Porno para Ricardo, Gorki Aguila has been arrested two times this year for his opposition against the government. Although he had been detained in prison for only a few hours and released this August, he continues to receive threats from the Cuban government for opposing the dictatorial regime of Cuba.

The continued threats against the singer has sparked outrage from the Human Rights Foundation. The human rights group claims that Cuba is trying to stifle the freedom of expression of Cuban musicians and artists. Music and art is a way of expressing your beliefs, your feelings and your world views. By stifling musicians and limiting what they can and cannot say, they are in essence stifling freedom itself. Cuba has a long history of restricting its musicians and artists expression. In fact the country has a law in its constitution that states “artistic endeavors are free as long as they do not go against the nature and beliefs of the communist revolution”

The Twitter page belonging to Human Rights Foundation is playing an important role in bringing attention to the dire situation of artists like Gorki Aguila. The non-profit group has a mission of promoting human rights and freedom around the world, says its LinkedIn page. It aims to educate people around the world about the value of liberty and that freedom of speech, worship and self determination are rights that every person in the world is entitled to have.

After reading this article on Fox News Latino on the Cuban government’s crackdown on musicians that have opposing views, it is quite clear to me that Cuba is still a dictatorship that is afraid of criticism from its own people. Musical groups like Porno papa Ricardo are trying to pave the way for democracy and freedom of expression in Cuba, but they are doing so at the risk of being put in jail or worse. Such brave people deserve our respect and support for willing to stand up to dictators and refusing to have their voice shut out.

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