Cuban dissident says next U.S. president can make ‘huge difference’ with pressure on Castros

Article Appeared in The Washington TimesPresident Obama’s successor must do more to press for reforms and pressure the Castro regime if the opening to Cuba is to help the island’s people, a leading dissident and human rights activist said Wednesday.

Antonio Rodiles told a gathering at the American Enterprise Institute that the next president must implement three policy changes to make “a huge difference in the future,” including sending a clear message against political repression, pressuring Cuba to ratify the U.N. Human Rights covenants and pressing for official recognition of the opposition movement.

“The American government has the power to push the regime to implement change so that people can get empowered,” said Mr. Rodiles, who warned that the U.S. overture may tempt Cuban President Raul Castro to impose crackdowns. …

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