The last time that the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) was allow to visit a Cuba’s prison was July 1959. By contrast, ICRC delegates have regularly visited detainees at the US military detention centre at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba and have strongly criticized the absence of a legal framework "that appropriately addresses either the detainees' status or the future of their detention".U.N. torture sleuth says Cuba blocked visit
U.N. torture sleuth says Cuba blocked visit | Reuters
Jun 9, 2010 1:31pm
Reuters) - Cuba has told the United Nations special investigator on torture that he cannot visit the island on a fact-finding mission although an invitation was issued to him last year, the official said on Wednesday.
Austrian lawyer Manfred Nowak, known for his frank talking to both developed and developing countries on the issue, said in a statement Havana had told him it could not receive him before his mandate runs out at the end of October this year.
"I regret that, in spite of its clear invitation, the government of Cuba has not allowed me to objectively assess the situation of torture and ill-treatment in the country by collecting first-hand evidence from all available sources," he declared.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights too has been denied access repeatedly through the years.