The U.S. Will Return to Cuba. Here’s What It Means for Human Rights
On Wednesday, President Obama announced the U.S. government will open an embassy in Havana for the first time in more than half a century. It’s an extraordinary moment in the relationship between the U.S. and Cuba, and it comes months after the U.S. government opened trade and tourism with Cuba and removed the island from the list of nations that it believes sponsor terrorism.
“We don’t have to be imprisoned by the past,” Obama said during a White House press conference, adding, “With this change, we will be able to increase our contacts with the Cuban people. We are neighbors. Now, we can be friends.”