The Cuban government’s ideologically-driven operating principle has always been that only the state can define and promote minority interests. The independent LGBTI+ marches in May demonstrated the government’s fear of its citizens’ growing sense of autonomy.
A group of nine Republican U.S. Senators have sent a letter to Secretary of State Pompeo asking him to cut U.S. funding to the IACHR. What they’re doing is undercutting their own party’s human rights agenda.
The letter comes as State considers withdrawing funding in the wake of a letter from nine Republican Senators who claim the U.S. should withdraw funding because the Commission lobbies “for abortion in Latin America in direct contravention of U.S. law.”
In our fifth episode, Chris Sabatini and Ken Frankel speak to Hunter Carter, partner at Arent Fox LLP and co-founder of the Alliance for Marriage in the Americas (AMAmericas), to discuss marriage equality and LGBTQ rights in Latin America.
The shameful decision of the AMLO administration to take a stance of non-intervention on Venezuela will hamper the effectiveness of a regional response, but efforts to reign in Maduro remain worthwhile and necessary.