Expelled Diplomat Blasts Cuba: `No Freedom,' American Says

By Barber, Ben | The Washington Times (Washington, DC), December 7, 1996 | Go to article overview
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Expelled Diplomat Blasts Cuba: `No Freedom,' American Says


Barber, Ben, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)


A U.S. diplomat expelled from Cuba in August for contacts with dissidents yesterday excoriated the Castro regime for a complete lack of human rights.

Robin Meyer, 40, said that an ongoing crackdown on independent human rights and pro-democracy groups in Cuba, which began in February, is part of an effort to prevent Cubans from learning about their own dissidents.

"The Cuban government doesn't want the Cuban public to know that its internal dissidents are authentic," said Miss Meyer, who is being reassigned to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, where she will deal with African affairs.

"Such a discovery would undermine its mantra that the opposition is composed of annexationists and traitors, formed into tiny groups and spurned by the mass of revolutionary Cubans."

Frank Calzon, director of Freedom House, where Miss Meyer spoke yesterday, said that Cuban dissidents called Miss Meyer an "angel" for helping them to distribute reports on human rights and receive news from the outside world.

Miss Meyer, whose speech was approved by the State Department, scoffed at Cuban government charges that she was interfering in Cuba's internal affairs.

She also castigated the former Cuban interests section spokesman in Washington, Jose Luis Ponce, who was expelled by the United States in retaliation.

Mr. Ponce had said his job was to "open lines of communications," Miss Meyer said.

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