Cuba has invited an independent United Nations human rights expert to visit the island for the first time in a decade, the U.N. said in a statement last Wednesday.
Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, U.N. special rapporteur on trafficking in persons with an emphasis on women and children, arrived in Cuba today for a five-day visit. She will be making stops in Artemisa, Matanzas, and Havana.
The Castro regime has long resisted external scrutiny of its human rights record, but a lot has changed since former U.S. President Barack Obama began secret talks with President Castro that normalized relations between the U.S. and Cuba after over 50 years of enmity. Cuba watchers who worked closely with the Obama administration during the negotiations have asked the Trump administration not to do anything drastic toward Cuba in its ongoing policy review, saying the normalized relations have improved human rights on the island.