US State Department imposes travel ban on Cuban medical programme officials

The US State Department has imposed a travel ban on Cuban officials who run Cuba’s overseas medical missions programme under Section 212(a)(3)(C) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Reportedly, these programmes consist of “certain exploitative and coercive labour practices” for doctors, including “long work hours without rest, meagre wages, unsafe housing, and restricted movement”, the withholding of passports, and surveillance outside of work. The Press Statementcall[s] on governments that currently engage with Cuba’s overseas medical programs to ensure safeguards” against these practices.

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Michael O'Kane

Michael was called to the Bar in 1992 and prior to joining Peters & Peters was a senior specialist prosecutor at the Crown Prosecution Service Headquarters (CPS). He was a key member of a small specialist unit responsible for the prosecution of serious and high-profile fraud, terrorist,...

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