Ja, Fidel Castro motsatte sig yttrandefrihet för kontrarevolutionärer, men gav alla kubaner den mänskliga rättigheten till fri sjukvård mm

This article has been published by SWEDHR, (Swedish Doctors for Human Rights) with the title ”Yes, Fidel Castro Opposed Free Speech to Counterrevolutionaries, But Gave to All Cubans the Human Right to Free Health Care.” SWEDHR
Prof. Marcello Ferrada de Noli, chairman, Prof. Anders Romelsjö, vice-chairman, Dr. Lena Oske (board of directors), Dr. Leif Elinder, and Dr. Martin Gelin,
Swedish Doctors for Human Rights – SWEDHR.research & report

SWEDHR Research & Reports. Vol 2., N° 57, 30 November 2016

Several world leaders have paid respect to the late Mr. Fidel Castro, the former human-rights lawyer who evolved into commander of the Cuban Revolution. Meanwhile, US president-elect Mr. Donald Trump, issued the following leading statement:


Leading para in Donald Trump statement. See the statement in full down below

Summary. This rebuttal by SWEDHR examines the issues of a) executions in Cuba and the US on the argument of national security; b) Indexes of suffering and health care; c) Economic blockade and poverty. Although we agree that some human rights were disregarded in Cuba, such as freedom of expression, we think that this statement by the US elect-president also omits fundamental facts characterizing the situation of the Cuban population, such as well being indexes in the important sphere of health, in particularly.

National security reasons in both Cuba and the U.S.

It s true that under the Fidel Castro government several civil liberties were curved down. The Cuban government gave invariably reasons of national security, which were in its meaning indistinguishable from executive orders issued by U.S. presidents in fighting terrorism.

One difference thou regarding the dead penalty in those cases, is that the accused of terrorism in Cuba were taken into open trial –while the U.S. government has ordered summary executions, effected all the over the world, without trial. Some of these executions –for instance those multiple executions done via drone attacks– have resulted in the death of innocent civilians.

According to our study of “Civil casualties caused by drone strikes. An injury-epidemiology & human-rights report“ published in SWEDHR, the US drone attacks had caused nearly three and a half thousand civilian casualties.Civil casualities by drone strikes Because of the continuing of such attacks after our study period (ended 2015), these figures are now estimated being much higher.


To the best of our knowledge, there is no report of executions ordered by the Fidel Castro government in territories abroad.

It is also true that many of the spies, or authors of deadly terrorist sabotages against Cuban people, or CIA-paid mercenaries attempting to assassinate leaders of the Cuban Revolution, or prominent collaborators of the foreign power that financed & trained the military invasion to Cuba disembarking and defeated in Playa Girón, were instead deported back to the U.S.

Further, it has been revealed –most recently by the organization WikiLeaks– the series of plots devised by U.S. agencies to assassinate the head of the Cuban government, in the context of ‘cover action‘.



A legacy of people’s suffering exclusively? Or people with notably increased health standards?

The statement of Mr. Donald Trump also affirms, in excluding terms, a legacy of “suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights” towards the Cuban people.

Although we agree that some human rights were disregarded in Cuba, such freedom of expression, we think that this statement by the US elect-president also omits fundamental facts characterizing the situation of the Cuban population, well being indexes in the important sphere of health, in particularly.


CNN has aired a series of video-reportage praising the healthcare system in Cuba

Several members of Swedish Doctors for Human Rights, including the chairman and vice-chairman, professors Marcello Ferrada de Noli respectively Anders Romelsjö, are active in epidemiological research, and worked at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm. Prof. Ferrada de Noli, professor emeritus in public health sciences & international health, has also been invited professor at the Medical University of Havana, and hence being able to give a qualified opinion from within.

The professors have presented this summarized epidemiological conclusion on the issue of Cuban public health:

Cuba eradicated risk for Malaria, gave the world the first vaccine against Meningitis B – no patent rights attached.
Cuba’s Immunization Program preserves children from 13 diseases:
haemophilus influenza B,
hepatitis B,
meningitis B,
meningitis C,
tuberculosis, and
After the Cuban Revolution took place, the following diseases has been ELIMINATED in the country:

Poliomyelitis (1962),
Diphtheria (1979),
Measles (1993),
and Mumps (1995).

Further, the opinion by Professor emeritus (Karolinska Institutet) Hans Rosling is also summarized in his tweet below.


We have asked another professor colleague who has also visited Cuba. He sent to us the following comment, which summarizes a development of Cuban health-care system:

“A model based earlier on the comparative than on the competitive advantages in medicine. This is for instance observed in the incorporation of technologies for diagnosis and treatment where Cuba developed a local program principally based on continuous technical upgrading of existing equipment. Due to the blockade and the burdensome aspects it was not possible to acquire new technologies. In spite of this approach the position of the Cuban medicine remained at top positions in Latin America”.
The limitations imposed by the economic embargo

Donald Trump mentions in his statement “six decades” of oppression only attributed by him to Fidel Castro. But what about the oppression against the Cuban people’s needs, exercised by nearly six decades of U.S. economic blockade?

We would like to call attention to the consequences of this embargo imposed by the U.S. to Cuba, and that have had catastrophic consequences in most levels of the economy of the country; this has obviously affected the population, hard. Besides, the end of preferential treatment in the export of sugar provided by the former Soviet Union ceased at its collapse. This left Cuba deprived of a vital income flow needed to infrastructures in benefit of the people. In other words, the achievements obtained in the sphere of public health are unique against the backdrop of such economic embargo.

Besides, clean water and electricity for all. And universal free education and healthcare and the lowest violent crime rates in the Americas –despite over 50 years of US blockade.
We think that a synopsis on the legacy of the late Fidel Castro government to the Cuban people should be more balance, and at least taking into account the facts here presented.


A comment on freedom to speech

: There are different opinions and interpretations about the freedom to speak in Cuba. Like many other I cannot find support for Hans Rosling’s frank statement that Fidel Castro as dictator left no room for freedom to speak.
”The Cuban Constitution allows free speech, but the opposition’s rights are restricted under Article 62 that states: “None of the freedoms which are recognized for citizens can be exercised contrary to…. the existence and objectives of the socialist state, or contrary to the decision of the Cuban people to build socialism and communism.”

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  1. ”Yttrandefrihet” i all ära men man får inte tack över huvud av ”yttrandefrihet”, inte heller botar ”yttrandefrihet” sjukdom (som drabbar såväl barn som vuxna). Mängden ”yttrandefrihet” blir inte mat eller stillar hunger. Fråga de fattiga i USA om värdet av deras ”yttrandefrihet”. ”Yttrandefrihet” räddade inte 8 miljoner familjer i USA från att bli bräckta. Så på ren engelska ”shove your freedom of expression up your ass!”

    Inga hemlösa i Fidel Castros Kuba. Inga undernärda barn eller hungriga människor i Fidel Castros Kuba ( tillskillnad från EU). Inga tiggare som i Fidel Castros Kuba till skillnad från EU. Kubaner leder ett människovärdigt liv. Inga ockerlån och ingen skuldslaveri i Fidel Castros Kuba. Till skillnad från låneslavarna som hukar under ockerlån och skuldslavars vars livsuppgift blivit att fylla bankirvampyr maffians kistor. Yttrandefrihet, smaka på det he, he, he …

  2. Kajsa Ekis Ekman om Fidel Castros hemliga befrielsearméer: Krossade apartheid i Sydafrika

    Representanter från femtio länder närvarar, varav tjugotvå statschefer, majoriteten från länder i tredje världen. Detta är mycket ovanligt för en statschef från ett litet och fattigt land. Jämför senast en mexikansk president dog – då kom inte en enda utländsk gäst.

    Hur kommer detta sig? Läser man svensk press får man sannerligen inga ledtrådar, men så har diskussionen sedan Castros bortgång också präglats av stor okunnighet, allmänt tyckande och historielöshet. Framför allt vad gäller Kubas roll internationellt.

    Aldrig tidigare och aldrig senare har ett litet, fattigt land i tredje världen spelat så stor roll i världspolitiken. Av naturliga skäl har det mesta stödet gått till Latinamerika – men vad som var relativt okänt fram till 1990-talet var Kubas bidrag till avkolonialiseringen av Afrika.

    Kuba skickade inte bara soldater. Då belgarna hade hållit befolkningen i okunnighet fanns vid friheten bara trettio universitetsutbildade och nio läkare i hela Kongo. Kuba skickade elva läkare, trots att detta var kort efter revolutionen och många läkare hade gått i exil. De organiserade en kampanj som på tre dagar vaccinerade 61 000 barn mot polio. 254 kongoleser fick också åka till Kuba och studera.

    Men den främsta hjälpen Kuba gett till omvärlden har inte bestått av soldater, utan läkare. 140  000 kubanska läkare har under åren åkt ut på internationella uppdrag. Genom Operación Milagro, som finansierades tillsammans med Venezuela, har snart fyra miljoner latinamerikaner fått gratis ögonoperationer. Jag skulle behöva en bok för att beskriva allt som gjorts på detta område.

    Detta från en karibisk ö, med elva miljoner invånare och med en BNP som är hälften av Kazakstans. Vilket land i tredje världen har någonsin utövat ett inflytande långt utanför sin närmiljö? Någon ödmjukhet kunde vara passande för alla de små människor, som aldrig lyft ett finger i sitt liv för att förändra världen men som nu sitter och kritiserar en gigant. Som under femtio år ofta var tredje världens enda hopp.