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Cuba Returns US Charges on Rights Violations


The Cuban government has responded to a recent U.S. condemnation of its repression of dissidents, saying the United States lacks what it calls "the minimum moral authority to accuse Cuba" of rights abuses.

Cuba's foreign ministry issued the criticism Saturday through the Havana newspaper Granma. It said the U.S treatment of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and the Guantanamo naval base in Cuba included "incredible aberrations and violations of human rights."

The Cuban foreign ministry alleged that 75 people arrested and jailed by the Cuban government in March 2003 were not simply activists, but mercenaries receiving orders and money from the U.S. government.

The U.S. State Department Thursday condemned the Cuban treatment of those prisoners, calling them "advocates of peaceful change and reform."

It called on the Castro government to cease what it described as Cuba's daily harassment and ill treatment of the prisoners.

Some Information provided by AP and Reuters.

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