The Cuban Commission for Human Rights (CCHR) has documented 411 political arrests by the Castro regime during the month of September 2014.
This bring the total number of political arrests during the first nine months of this year to 7,599, Capitol Hill Cubans reports. In just nine months, these 7,599 political arrests surpass the year-long tallies recorded for 2010 (2,074 political arrests), 2011 (4,123 political arrests), 2012 (6,602 political arrests) and 2013 (6,424 political arrests).
It is shameful and irresponsible that Latin American and Caribbean democracies, which in some cases have suffered from military domination, are supporting Venezuela’s push for a non-permanent seat at the UN Security Council, argues Diego Arria, Venezuela’s permanent representative to the United Nations from 1991-93.
These governments know full well of the collapse of democracy in Venezuela, he writes for the New York Daily News:
They know full well the magnitude of its infamous record on human rights, including the recent arrest and torture of political and student leaders duly documented in the UN Council of Human Rights as well as by human rights groups such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.
These countries also know that the Venezuelan regime is under the influence of the Cuban government, which means, by giving Venezuela the opportunity to serve on their behalf, they will be allowing Cuba to have de facto representation in the Security Council…..
Venezuela’s regime is known for providing passports to many individuals in the Middle East who belong to radical groups, including Hezbollah, as well as cooperating and providing logistics for narco terrorists groups such as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.
So well-established are these bad deeds, five high-ranking Venezuelan generals have been included by the U.S. Treasury Department on its “kingpin list.” Two of them are today state governors and active members of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela.