Stranded Cuban Doctors Finally Arrive to United States, But They Could Be the Last

By: Karina Martín - Feb 7, 2017, 2:53 pm
Cuban Doctors
Activista comentó que los profesionales habían sido “esclavizados” en misiones en terceros países. (diario las américas)

EspañolA group of Cuban doctors have arrived in Miami despite the recent elimination of the Cuban Medical Professional Parole.

Twenty-eight medical professionals arrived this Monday, February 6 at the Miami International Airport after having spent more than five months in Colombia waiting to receive US work visas.

Though the Cuban Medical Professionals program was repealed on January 12, the group of Cubans were able to obtain their corresponding visas because they submitted their applications before officials announced the program would be eliminated.

“This is a triumph for the entire Cuban-American community, our organization and the offices of Cuban-American congressmen who have worked to get these guys treated correctly and their applications answered satisfactorily,” said President of Solidarity Without Borders Julio César Alfonso.

He said the doctors had been “enslaved” in missions in third-world countries, but now they can celebrate having escaped “migratory limbo.”

The doctors were supposed to work in Venezuela or Brazil, but they deserted and requested visas from the United States. While in waiting, they moved to Colombia.


Yerenia Cedeño was one of the doctors who was able to make it to Miami. He spent a short time in Venezuela despite the country’s economic and medical shortages, as well as its violence, which he described as “horrible.”

“Venezuela is much worse than my country,” Odontologist Celia Santana said. “I never imagined it to be like this, it is a disaster in that country.”

Maikel Palacios, a health professional and spokesman for the group, said each doctor could be reintegrated into Cuba’s public health system, but those who desert cannot enter the country again for eight years.

The government appropriates two-thirds of the wages earned by Cuban internationalists abroad and are reportedly sent to the most remote and deplorable places.

Source: El Nuevo Herald; Univisión; Martí Noticias.

Karina Martín Karina Martín

Karina Martín is a Venezuelan reporter with the PanAm Post based in Valencia. She holds a bachelor's degree in Modern Languages from the Arturo Michelena University.

United Nations Report Recommends Argentina Revise Drug Consumption Law

By: Orlando Avendaño - @OrlvndoA - Feb 7, 2017, 12:29 pm

EspañolThe United Nations delivered a report to Argentina suggesting it fix an ambiguous law related to decriminalized drug consumption. The International Narcotics Control Board of the UN told the Argentine Chancellery that it recommends the country look at its laws for decriminalized drug consumption. The report is part of a UN effort to notify countries each year about drug consumption and trafficking scenarios. Argentina's had eleven bullet points related to the current drug situation in the country that, though positive under President Mauricio Macri, could be improved. Namely, it recommended that the country change law 23.737, denominated Drug Law Even though the situation of the country governed by Mauricio Macri is positive, the UN suggests several recommendations; mainly: to change law 23.737, denominated Drug Law. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); The INCB's report and the UN's recommendation reopen a problematic debate that began in 2009 with an isolated consumption case. This year, the Supreme Court ruled that sentencing someone for drug possession for personal use was unconstitutional, after two young men were detained in a public area for being in possession of two marihuana cigarettes that weighed less than two grams. Read More: Argentine Judge Investigates Cristina Kirchner for Fabricating Evidence Read More: Former Argentina President Kirchner Denies Husband Hid $1.7 Million in US Bank The Supreme Court's decision caused controversy and opened a debate about drug decriminalization. Despite the judges' definitive arguments, a legal gap was left open that enabled an arbitrary appeal to the verdict. Now, the UN's petition highlights the remaining concern surrounding the verdict in 2009. It now suggests that Argentina adapt the drug law and reorganize the drug trafficking inspection system. Source: La Nación

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