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Press Release: LAWG Joins U.S. Civil Society Organizations in Denouncing New Cuba Remittance Restrictions

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Washington, D.C. – The Center for Democracy in the Americas, Cuba Educational Travel, Cuba Study Group, Engage Cuba, Latin America Working Group, National Council of Churches, Oxfam America, the Washington Office on Latin America

The following organizations denounce the Trump administration’s sanctions on Cuba remittances, which have resulted in Western Union, Cuba’s main remittance sender, announcing the closure of its Cuba operations.

“We condemn the Trump administration’s sanctions on remittances to Cuba, which has led to the imminent shutdown of Western Union’s operations in Cuba and could soon result in the closure of all formal remittance channels. This inhumane policy effectively cuts off a lifeline for the Cuban people as they face a pandemic and an economic crisis, and limits Cuban Americans’ ability to support their loved ones on the island.

“This regulation is the latest in the Trump administration’s systematic attack on remittances to Cuba which have accomplished little other than stirring fear, anxiety, and uncertainty in the Cuban and Cuban American communities on both sides of the Florida Straits.”

 

Center for Democracy in the Americas
Cuba Educational Travel
Cuba Study Group
Engage Cuba
Latin America Working Group
National Council of Churches
Oxfam America
Washington Office on Latin America


Las siguientes organizaciones denuncian las sanciones de la administración Trump para restringir las remesas a Cuba y que han resultado en el cierre de Western Union, la compañía principal de envío de remesas a Cuba desde los Estados Unidos.

“Condenamos las sanciones de la administración Trump contra las remesas a Cuba, las cuales han forzado el cierre de Western Union y que pronto podría resultar en el cierre de todas las otras vías formales de envío de remesas. Esta política inhumana efectivamente corta un sustento de vida para el pueblo cubano, que en estos momentos enfrenta una pandemia global y una crisis económica, y también limita la libertad y capacidad de los cubanoamericanos de apoyar a sus familias en la isla.

“Esta regulación es el más reciente ataque de la administración Trump contra las remesas a Cuba, lo cual ha cumplido poco más que causar miedo, ansiedad, e incertidumbre en las comunidades cubanas y cubanamericanas a ambos lados del Estrecho de la Florida.”

 

Center for Democracy in the Americas
Cuba Educational Travel
Cuba Study Group
Engage Cuba
Latin America Working Group
National Council of Churches
Oxfam America
Washington Office on Latin America

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Center for Democracy in the Americas Press Contact:
Press Office
(202) 234-5506
press@democracyinamericas.org

Cuba Educational Travel Press Contact:
Collin Laverty
President
collin@cubaeducationaltravel.com

Cuba Study Group Press Contact:
Ricardo Herrero
Executive Director
+1 (202) 709-8191
ricardo.herrero@cubastudygroup.org

Engage Cuba Press Contact:
María José Espinosa
Interim President
MEspinosa@engagecuba.org

Latin American Working Group Press Contact:
Antonio Saadipour
Program & Financial Associate
asaadipour@lawg.org

National Council of Churches Press Contact:
Cynthia Griffiths
Director of Communications
cynthia.griffiths@nationalcouncilofchurches.us

Oxfam America Press Contact:
Laura Rusu
Associate Director of Media
laura.rusu@oxfam.org

WOLA Press Contact:
Gabriela Sibori
Communications Assistant
+1 (202) 797-2171
press@wola.org