From The Economist’s Intelligence Unit,
Brazil extends contracts for 11,500 Cuban doctors
Since August 2013, Cuba has collected over US$700m from the Brazilian government in exchange for the services of 11,456 Cuban medical professionals working in over 2,700 towns and cities across the country. The Brazilian government recently announced that the programme will continue next year, with total payments amounting to US$511m.
Communist Cuba is broke, and its main source of income is selling off its citizens (emphasis added),
Currently, the sale of services abroad is Cuba’s largest source of hard currency: in 2014, the government estimates that it will collect US$8.2bn from these deals. Around 50,000 Cuban health professionals work in 66 countries worldwide, although around half of those work in Venezuela, with an additional 11,456 in Brazil. The agreements with other foreign countries are similar to the Brazilian setup, with Cuban doctors paid less than the salary of local medical staff, and the remainder of their pay being transferred to the Cuban government.
I am disgusted to read that The Economist’s Intelligence Unit ended its report with this,
The Economist Intelligence Unit is not changing its macroeconomic forecasts in light of the renewal of the programme, but it will come as a relief to the Cuban government and will help to mitigate the scaling-back of the sale of professional services to Venezuela.
As Capitol Hill Cubans correctly points out,
These government-to-dictatorship contracts, whereby Cuban doctors have absolutely no say about salary, work conditions and have their passports confiscated, have been denounced internationally — andwithin Brazil — as forced labor.
(Read here the testimony of a Cuban doctor who defected.)
They are clearly in violation of the Trafficking in Persons Protocol and the International Labor Organization’s (“ILO”) Convention on the Protection of Wages.
As Brazil’s National Federation of Physicians (FENAM, in Portuguese), has stated, “the contracts of the Cuban doctors have the characteristics of slave labor and only serve to finance the Cuban government.”
Meanwhile, in the island-prison,
“The USSR discovered that the best way to control its people was by keeping them standing in line all day long.”
En la URSS descubrieron que la mejor forma de controlar al pueblo era teniéndolo todo el día haciendo cola pic.twitter.com/WmXavpciIR
— Yusnaby Pérez (@Yusnaby) September 2, 2014