The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Tuesday called for a “relaxation or suspension” of international sanctions against Iran, Venezuela, Cuba, North Korea, and other countries facing the coronavirus pandemic. Michelle Bachelet called it a “crucial time,” marked by the COVID-pandemic.
Stereotypes and homophobic prejudices affect the access and quality of health care of lesbian women in Cuba. “There are lesbian women who are afraid to go to the doctor and spend years without caring about their health,” says Isbrailda Ruiz Bell. “Doctors tell you terrible things when they see that you are not a classic prototype of a woman with a painted face and high heels, and that’s hard. As a result, a person completely stops going to the doctor.”
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will visit Latin America in the coming days in order to deepen relations with his nation’s allies. Lavrov will visit Cuba, Mexico, and Venezuela shortly after his counterpart, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s tour of four former republics of the Soviet Union, which became the main arena of competition for influence.
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Bolivia’s interim government has issued an arrest warrant against the nation’s former President, Evo Morales. The former head of state is accused by the country’s current regime of alleged sedition as well as terrorism-related accusations. The interim government of Bolivia also alleges that Morales has been fueling unrest in the country since he resigned and left for exile. Morales is currently a refugee in Argentina after his November resignation.
Cuba has imposed a general price control plan on Tuesday for all state and private companies in the midst of a deepening economic crisis and increasing US sanctions. The new measures prohibit the rise in prices in retail and wholesale trade, except for products imported and distributed by the State, where current profit margins cannot be increased.