Shurlon Austin the Guyanese killer in cuba double murder

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Shirlon Austin of Sophia was born on November 22, 1982. he attended brickdam secondary school [class of 2000] and began his career in the Guyana Defence Force as a private soldier completing the Basic Recruitment Course (BRC) in 2003. After BRC he was posted to Defence Headquarters (DHQ) attached to Medical Corps.
Austin applied and was selected to pursue the Officers Cadet’s Programme at GDF’s revered CUPOCS in 2005. By this time, he had been promoted to acting Lance Corporal.
His self-orchestrated demise because soon began. Shortly before his commissioning to become an officer Cadet Officer Austin stole a mobile telephone from another soldier and was dismissed from the Guyana Defence Force.
How he got from dismissed cadet officer to scholarship medical student will soon be revealed. as of now Shirlon Austin is prime suspect in the murder of a Cuban man and slashing the throat of his wife. he better pray she makes it or he might never set foot in Guyana again

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update shurlon is some serious trouble now
Guyanese medical student, Shurlon Austin, is now being held for a double murder in Havana Cuba. The wife of the first murder victim died today. [cuba has not killed anyone since 2003 but the death penalty is still on the books]

“The possible abolition of capital punishment in Cuba would be linked to a cease in the policy of hostility, terrorism and economic, commercial and financial warfare to which its people have been subjected for over 40 years by the United States,” the Cuban Foreign Ministry told the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights in 2004.

With regard to crimes against life and physical integrity, the Cuban Criminal Code establishes the death penalty for cases of homicide, rape, sexual abuse of minors involving violence, robbery involving violence and intimidation, and crimes in which corruption serves as an aggravating factor.


wikileaks Guyana – east indian & overall Guyana population declining at alarming rates

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06GEORGETOWN157 2006-02-15 13:11 2011-08-26 00:00 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Georgetown

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.





E.O. 12958: N/A

¶1. SUMMARY. The GoG released the results of Guyana’s 2002
Population and Housing Census in October 2005. The census
confirmed two demographic trends that will profoundly shape the
country’s political and economic development: a) total population
is stagnant and predicted to fall; and b) the ethnic composition
is changing, with potentially interesting consequences on
Guyana’s race-driven political environment. END SUMMARY.

Total Population: A Rush for the Exit

¶2. The GoG released the final report of the 2002 Population and
Housing Census in October 2005. Guyana’s total population as of
September 2002 was 751,223. This represents a 3.8 percent
increase compared to the 1991 census total of 723,673, but a net
decrease of 1.1 percent compared to 1980 population of 759,567.

¶3. In the entire western hemisphere in the three decades between
1970 and 2000, only the islands of Montserrat and St. Kitts and
Nevis recorded lower population growth than Guyana’s 5 percent.
By comparison, the population of the Caribbean region as a whole
grew by 51 percent, the western hemisphere (including the U.S.
and Canada) by 62 percent, and the U.S. by 35 percent over the
same period.

¶4. Why has Guyana come to a screeching halt, demographically
speaking? Relentless outward migration to the U.S., Canada, the
Caribbean and (less so now) the U.K. In a 2003 survey of 1,700
Guyanese high school students, 59 percent said they think they
will leave Guyana permanently within ten years. Post’s Consular
Section issued more than 73,000 immigrant visas between 1992 and
2004, meaning that an average 0.8 percent of the population
obtained an immigrant visa to the U.S. each year during that
period. Even more migrate legally to Canada, UK, Caribbean, and
even Africa (Botswana has been snapping up Guyanese teachers for
more than a decade). Many others migrate illegally and are not
caught in the statistics. Definitive numbers are elusive, but
estimates of the total number of Guyana-born emigrants living
abroad range from 500,000 to 1 million — a massive diaspora
relative to Guyana’s resident population.

Survival Ratio Confirms Emigration Trend

¶5. Guyana’s survival ratio — the percentage of a previous
census’ population reappearing in a subsequent census — in 2002
revealed startling evidence of emigration’s effect. The report’s
authors expected at least 90 percent of 0-19 year-olds in 1980 to
have survived until the 2002 census. Instead, only 53 percent of
these chidren and teenagers in 1980 were still living in Guyana
in 2002 — meaning that Guyana has lost almost half of its
generation born from 1961 to 1980 that should now be in its prime
productive years.

——————————————— ——–
UN Foresees Drastically Shrinking Guyanese Population
——————————————— ——–

¶6. The latest UN “World Population Prospects” was released in
February 2005. The prediction for Guyana is dire. The UN
projected Guyana’s population will be 488,000 in 2050 — a 35
percent reduction from today’s level. Only Ukraine will
experience a greater proportional decline over the next 45 years.
If the UN prediction is correct, by 2040 Guyana’s population will
be shrinking faster than anywhere else on the planet. Long-term
projections of this nature are highly sensitive to modeling
assumptions. But even a milder version of this forecast would
put crippling strain on Guyana’s capacity to sustain itself as a
viable state.

Age Distribution: Getting Older

¶7. Table of census results showing distribution of population by

Age Group 1980 1991 2002
——— —- —- —-

Age Group    1980   1991   2002
---------    ----   ----   ----
0-19         53.5   46.3   44.4
20-39        28.0   34.0   31.4
40-59        12.5   13.8   17.1
60+              5.7    5.9    6.3
Not Stated    0.3    0.0    0.7

¶8. The median age was 22.9 in 2002 compared to 18.6 in 1980. In
1980, 53.5 percent of the population was under 20 years old.
This ageing trend will have negative long-term consequences. The
report warns of “increased need for health, pension and national
insurance provisions for the elderly, or policies
governing/encouraging return migration”. Guyana is ill-equipped
to provide these social services under current circumstances, let
alone when demand for them increases.

——————————————— ———–
Race/Ethnic Composition: Amerindian, Mixed Heritage Grow
——————————————— ———–

 ¶9. Table of census results showing distribution of population by

                          Population (Percent of Total)
                 --------------------------------------------- -
Background            1980            1991            2002
----------       --------------  --------------  --------------
East Indian      394,417 (51.9)  351,939 (48.6)  326,395 (43.4)
African/Black        234,094 (30.8)  233,465 (32.3)  226,861
Amerindian        40,343  (5.3)   46,722  (6.5)   68,819  (9.2)
Mixed Heritage    84,764 (11.2)   87,881 (12.1)  125,669 (16.7)
Other              5,948  (0.8)    3,664  (0.5)    3,479  (0.5)                        Percent Change
Ethnic Background   1980-1991  1991-2002
-----------------   ---------  ---------
East Indian             -10.8       -7.3
African/Black               -0.3       -2.8
Amerindian               15.8       47.3
Mixed Heritage            3.7       43.0
Other                   -38.4       -5.0

¶10. The number of self-identified East Indians declined by over
25,000 from 1991 to 2002, showing that they continued to emigrate
in large numbers even after the PPP came to power in 1992. The
East Indian population fell by 42,478 between 1980 and 1991 when
the PNC was still in office. While still Guyana’s largest ethnic
group at 43.4 percent of the total population, this is a
significant drop from 1991 when they comprised 48.6 percent.

¶11. The Amerindian population increased by almost half from 1991
to 2002, and they now make up over 9 percent of the total
population. Guyana’s Amerindians are far less likely to migrate
and their fertility rates are higher than other Guyanese.

¶12. The number of people identifying themselves as of mixed
heritage grew by 43 percent between 1991 and 2002. This growth
probably reflects diminishing importance of traditional ethnicity-
based social and political ties as well as more cross-ethnic
relationships. In a country where race has been the primary
driver of voting habits and the two main political parties have
each taken its ethnic electorate for granted, more people who do
not self-identify with one particular ethnic group may mean more
votes across traditional ethnic party lines. With 17 percent of
the population, the “mixed” constituency could shake up the
political establishment.

——————————————— –
Religion: Fewer Hindus, Protestant Groups Gain
——————————————— –

¶13. Taken together, Christian denominations account for 56
percent of the population making Christians the largest single
religious group. 28 percent of the total population is Hindu —
40,000 fewer Hindus than in 1991. The number of Pentecostal
Christians more than doubled between 1991 and 2002 with 17
percent of the population identifying themselves as Pentecostal
in 2002. The absolute numbers of Muslims and Roman Catholics
have both declined since 1991 — Muslims now making up 7 percent
and Catholics 8 percent of the population.


¶14. The census results and UN report point to a grim picture of
Guyana’s future — a downward spiral of shrinking population in a
weakening state. As more Guyanese emigrate, the pressure and
opportunities increase for those who remain to follow abroad.
Guyana is rich in natural resources (i.e., minerals, timber, and
wildlife) and capable in agriculture, but poor in other economic
sectors such as services and manufacturing. Entrepreneurs see
little incentive to invest in businesses other than natural
resource extraction. Continued population decline will only
exacerbate this fact. Of course, one group in particular has a
strong vested interest in a sparsely populated, weaker Guyanese
state — the narco-traffickers.

¶15. Comment continued: The census does contain one potential
silver lining. The uptick in those who self-report as mixed
heritage may reflect frustation with Guyana’s current racially-
charged political climate. By translating this sentiment into
votes for change, disaffected Guyanese could usher in a new era
of more effective governance. End comment.


wikileaks Guyana – US trying to out perform Cuba’s “Miracle Mission” eye surgery program

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06GEORGETOWN706 2006-07-18 12:16 2011-08-26 00:00 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Georgetown

DE RUEHGE #0706 1991216
R 181216Z JUL 06




E.O. 12598: N/A


¶1. (U) On Monday, July 10, Ambassador awarded four grantees through
the Ambassador’s Self Help Program, including a US$6,500 grant to
the “New Light, New Sight” program at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in
Georgetown. Mercy Hospital’s program will provide subsidized eye
surgery to persons living outside Georgetown, primarily in the
hinterland regions. The project will focus on economically
disadvantaged individuals suffering from low vision or blindness due
to cataract or other treatable eye problems, and the surgery will
take place at the hospital with a local opthalmologist at a
discounted price. The hospital aims to treat fifty patients in its
first year, and Post’s contribution will fund basic eye instruments
to supplement the estimated US$91,000 in goods and services that the
hospital has devoted to the program.

¶2. (SBU) In making the award determination, Post noted in particular
the sustainable nature of St. Joseph’s program, which is being
performed on a subsidized cost-reimbursable basis, as well as the
fact that the surgeries will employ local eye doctors. Post notes
that Cuba has received substantial public attention in Guyana for
its “Miracle Mission” eye surgery program (Refs). While Mercy
Hospital’s progra is laudable on its own merits, Post is hopeful
that highlighting the hospital’s efforts through theAmbassador’s
Self-Help Fund will also temper theCubans’ public diplomacy efforts
while at the sae time developing Guyana’s ongoing capacity to
povide quality eye care for its citizens in country.


wikileaks barbados – “Cuba’s Big Black Lie” – Afro Cubans catching hell

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E.O. 12948: N/A
SUBJECT: Cuban Dissident Blasts Cuban Racism, Sparking Vigorous
Debate in Barbados


¶1. (SBU) A rare public presentation by a critic of Cuba sponsored by
the University of the West Indies drew big crowds, sparked a heated
debate, and evoked a hysterical (in both senses of the word)
response from the Cuban Ambassador in Barbados. Afro-Cuban
dissident Carlos Moore highlighted the pervasive racism that exists
in Cuba and the lack of genuinely democratic practices. The
willingness of the university and the Barbadian media to provide a
forum for critical perspectives of Cuba stood in contrast to both
the Barbadian government’s usual non-critical support of Cuba in
Human Rights fora and the usual academic and media political
correctness about the goodness of all things Cuban. The volatile
reactions from many audience members to the critical views, however,
demonstrated that many Barbadians are still loathe to call their
island neighbor to account. End Summary.

Racism Alive and Well in Cuban Paradise

¶2. (U) Carlos Moore, an Afro-Cuban dissident and professor of
international studies, delivered a public lecture on the realities
and impact of racism in Cuba at the University of the West Indies in
Barbados March 19. The lecture, part of a multi-country book tour
to promote the professor’s recently-completed autobiography, was
sponsored by UWI’s new Cultural Studies Department. Well attended
by university students, members of the public, and current and
former members of the diplomatic corps, the presentation has
received extensive coverage in the local press.

¶3. (U) Moore’s lecture followed on the heels of the publication of
an open letter he wrote to Cuban President Raul Castro entitled
“Cuba’s Big Black Lie.” In the letter and in his lecture, Moore
derided as deceitful past declarations by Cuba’s ruling elite that
racial discrimination in Cuba had been eliminated. “Wherever we look
in socialist Cuba,” Moore contended, “our eyes are confronted with a
cobweb of social and racial inequities and racial hatred against
black people.” In his lecture, Moore shared that, as a young man,
he had strongly supported the revolution and been a devotee of Fidel
Castro. However, this support quickly turned to disillusionment
because of what Moore called the revolutionary government’s
ineptness at destroying the legacy of white supremacy and racism
against Afro-Cubans.

¶4. (U) Moore was among those imprisoned for protesting the
revolution’s refusal to advance racial integration. He said he
spent 28 days in jail, and was subsequently sent to a labor camp for
7 years before escaping to the Embassy of Guinea and eventually
making his way to the U.S., after which he lived in exile in several
countries for 35 years, still a committed Marxist with strong
criticism both for America’s Cuba policy and for Cuba’s
institutionalized racism.

¶5. (U) Moore’s key message was that the racial divide and the
resulting tension in Cuba have grown over the past 50 years and the
country is now a racial powder keg on the verge of explosion. The
situation is dire — contained, or perhaps only delayed, by the
recent release of statistics by Raul Castro that acknowledge a
racial problem exists. Moore cited recently released GOC statistics
that show, he said, that Afro-Cubans are disproportionately
unemployed, under housed, and unrepresented in positions of
leadership at all levels. Moore contended that the reality of a
small minority white ruling elite in a country that is 70-75 percent
Afro-Cuban could not continue for much longer without either
providing Afro-Cubans greater access to government, business, and
military leadership positions, or facing the real possibility of
civil unrest.

Swimming Against a Strong pro-Cuban Stream

¶6. (U) Moore’s lecture was followed by a lively question and answer
session, during which it quickly emerged that his compelling
personal story and factually argued points had swayed few in the
audience from their firmly held affinity for Cuba. While some in
the audience thanked the professor and focused their questions on
distinctions between different kinds of racism and the plight of
black women in Cuba, others were aggressive, forcefully pressing
professor Moore on why he had not addressed the white communities in
Cuba that had also suffered or why he had not highlighted the fact
that the Cuban military under Fidel had gone to Africa to liberate
blacks from oppression.

——————————————— ——-
Cuban Ambassador Blasts Free Press, Academic Freedom
——————————————— ——-

BRIDGETOWN 00000180 002 OF 002

¶7. (SBU) The publication of Moore’s letter and the extensive media
coverage of the lecture sparked an immediate harangue from Cuba’s
Ambassador to Barbados, who castigated the Nation newspaper for
printing what he termed an “outrageous and hostile” article and
coverage of an “anti-revolutionary” lecture. The Ambassador also
attacked UWI for supporting “the propaganda of defamation and lies
against Cuba.” Clearly unfamiliar with the role and functioning of
a free press, the Cuban expressed his hope that the newspaper” will
not publish, in the future, any more unpleasant articles like the
one I am complaining about which does not correspond or identify
with the traditional and magnificent relations and collaborations
which exists between the Government and people of Barbados and the
Government and people of Cuba.”


¶8. (SBU) Both UWI and local media are to be commended for providing
a forum for a Cuban dissident to air a rare criticism of Cuba in the
Eastern Caribbean, where solidarity with Castro’s Cuba has long been
an unchallenged shibboleth and honest discussions of human rights in
Cuba are rare. Nevertheless, the reaction to Moore’s comments made
it clear that many Barbadians, still anchored in the past of
romanticized support for the Cuban revolution, are simply not yet
willing or able to come to grips with open criticism of Cuba. While
feelings of non-aligned small-state fraternity and appreciation for
Cuban medical assistance programs color many opinions in the region,
the Barbadian affinity for Cuba still seems oddly juxtaposed against
a society that boasts of having the longest democratic traditions in
the Hemisphere, holds itself to the highest ideals of protection for
human rights, and has labored mightily to overcome its own heritage
of slavery and racial division. Still, the willingness of the
university and media to contemplate a non-traditional narrative on
Cuba offers a glimmer of hope that Barbados could play a more
constructive role within the region as it comes to terms with how to
deal with an evolving Cuba in the years ahead.

HARDT [the new ambassador to Guyana. but months after the announcement he has not shown up in Georgetown yet]

Original column Published on: 3/17/2009 in the Nation, Barbados

I AM OBLIGED to frame this as an open letter because it is the only way I may
get through to you directly.

Moreover, I want my fellow citizens and those worldwide who are interested in
the vital problems of our times, to hear what I am about to say.

You are a descendant of Europeans born in Spain; I am a descendant of Africans
born in the Caribbean.

We are both Cubans. However, being Cuban confers no specific privilege on either
of us as human beings. What it does confer is the right to have a say in the
affairs of the country of our birth. So, I avail myself of that right

I am aware of the vast differences that separate our respective ideas about
life, social relations and how the affairs of our country should be conducted.

We also differ in how to interpret the daily realities that negatively impact
the lives of most Cubans. But you as the president of our country, and I as a
citizen, share a common responsibility; to shoulder the burden of shaping our
present and moulding the destiny of our nation.

Regardless of class, gender, race, sexual orientation or political affiliation,
whatever Cubans do, or refrain from doing will determine the future for all.

I have always upheld and respected our national sovereignty. That is why I
steadfastly opposed any measure that could have endangered Cuba’s independence,
or hurt the best interests of its citizens, whether it be an economic embargo or
threats against our national territory.

However, those same reasons have made me an advocate for the inalienable right
of the Cuban people, or of any other people for that matter, to shape its future
and manage its own affairs through representative institutions and elected

The latter are chosen in truly free and fair democratic elections. During such
elections, different ideas are debated and organised movements and parties, with
differing political platforms and social proposals, vie for power.

Against dictatorship

I believe that only then can a people exercise its right to choose whatever
suits them best. Therefore, I am against any form of dictatorship or
totalitarian system, whether it be led by the so-called Right, or by what is
designated as the Left.

I certainly do not share the opinion that democracy is a luxury reserved for the

I will not beat around the bush to express my strong conviction that racism is
our country’s most serious and tenacious problem.

It is a phenomenon that gains new ground and expands its influence over our body
politic, cultural life and economy.

Notwithstanding the grandiose, but vacuous speeches, or bombastic but no less
deceitful declarations on the alleged elimination of racism and racial
discrimination, wherever we look in socialist Cuba our eyes are confronted with
a cobweb of social and racial inequities and racial hatred against black people.

White supremacy

No doubt, these issues were bequeathed to us through centuries of oppression.
The revolution that empowered itself in 1959 merely inherited them.

However, the revolutionary leaders showed themselves particularly inept at
correctly interpreting that reality. In the final analysis, these leaders were
men and women from the white middle class that had always dominated the country,
monopolised its political life and determined the direction of its economy.

Rather than destroy the legacy of white supremacy and its concomitant racism,
the revolutionary government contributed to solidify and expand it.

It did so, when it declared the non-existence of racism, the end to racial
discrimination and the advent of a “post-racial” socialist democracy in Cuba.
Therefore, the leaders of the revolution that enacted so many beneficial social
changes for our country, and the people who wholeheartedly supported the
revolutionary process, were hostage to the same brutal past birthed by racial

As a consequence, Cuba is a country that speaks with two totally different
voices, one white and one black, although at specific moments of our common
history, these voices have spoken in unison.

Socialist Cuba is the only country in the world to have publicly proclaimed it
had eliminated racism and racial discrimination and empowered its black

As a result, the revolutionary government repressed, persecuted and forced into
exile those Blacks, whether intellectuals or working class, who argued the
contrary. The latter were forced into labour camps, prisons, mental hospitals or
driven out of the country.

Nowadays, many eyes are trained on this supposed “post-racial democracy”, as
people seek to understand why the revolutionary regime destroyed those who
refused to endorse this “Big Lie”.

Cuban Ambassador to barbados response

Mere propaganda, lies against Cuba

Published on: 3/23/2009.

I AM WRITING this letter to protest the outrageous and hostile article published
in the DAILY NATION on March 17 titled ‘Cuba’s Big Black Lie’.

It surprises me that THE NATION, which has traditionally respected and reflected
on the real truth of Cuba, has now been an accomplice of an individual who has
come to Barbados to spread propaganda against our country.

The purpose of Carlos Moore is to use Barbados for his anti-revolutionary
propaganda and that is why we do not understand why this paper published this
very shameful article against the Cuban people and the revolutionary process.

I hope that in the future THE NATION will take into consideration the good
relations that exist between Barbados and Cuba, and not play the game with
individuals like this person who denied his own country and then shamed us when
they say that they are Cubans.

It is no less outrageous and astonishing that the Errol Barrow Centre For
Creative Imagination of the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, has
supported Moore in the propaganda of defamation and lies against Cuba.

The publication of my letter of protest by THE NATION is much appreciated and I
hope the newspaper will not publish, in the future, any more unpleasant articles
like the one I am complaining about which does not correspond or identify with
the traditional and magnificent relations and collaborations which exists
between the Government and people of Barbados and the government and people of



EDITOR’S NOTE: THE NATION publishes the expressed views of all and guarantees
the right of reply.

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wikileaks Guyana – cuban scholarships & medical aid getting too much press time

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06GEORGETOWN130 2006-02-07 15:22 2011-08-26 00:00 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Georgetown

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.




E.O. 12958: N/A
SUBJECT: Guyana Snares Cuban Medical Aid And Scholarships

¶1. President Jagdeo returned from a two-day visit to Cuba
and held a press conference to trumpet several pledges of
assistance, including the establishment of an ophthalmology
clinic and a scholarship program for Guyanese students to
study medicine, agriculture and engineering in Cuba. The eye
clinic, to be established in the hospital in the eastern
Berbice Region city of Port Mourant, will be staffed by
Cuban physicians and will provide up to 10,000 eye surgeries
per year free of charge.

¶2. Castro has also offered to fund 965 scholarships for
Guyanese students to study in Cuba, including 715
scholarships over the next 5 years to study medicine and 250
for agriculture and engineering. Guyana currently has some
300 students studying in Cuba, 70 of which are studying
medicine. Cuba is also exploring the possibility of
supplying instructors to train nurses. Castro’s offers will
not come without cost for Guyana, as Guyana was reportedly
asked to earmark US$1.2 million to finance the purchase of
equipment for four treatment centers to be established in
Guyana and staffed by 27 Cuban physicians. In addition,
while Cuba will pay the doctors’ salaries, Guyana will fund
accommodation and stipends for the doctors in the amount of
GD40,000 (USD199) per month.

¶3. Jagdeo demurred from questions about the West’s response
to his courtship of the Castro regime, as the government-
owned Guyana Chronicle reported that “[Jagdeo] added that he
does not make decisions based on who would be comfortable
but on the needs of the people to whom he has an
obligation.” A government press release entitled “Would Cuba
aid affect Guyana/US relations” issued on February 6 stated
that Jagdeo and Castro did not discuss politics and quoted
Jagdeo as saying “We have many common views on how our
countries should develop, but our countries are different
and the model practiced in Cuba, would be different from the
model practiced in Guyana. You already know where I want to
take this country and that includes private capital playing
a very important part.”

¶4. COMMENT: Politics aside, Post questions the
sustainability of Cuba’s programs to train Guyanese medical
professionals. The GOG typically waives migration
restrictions on trained professionals when their immigration
petitions become current, suggesting that such programs in
the long run will not noticeably check the “brain drain” of
skilled professionals. The Cubans’ involvement in laboratory
matters also comes as a surprise, for the Guyana and the
regional Caribbean plans for lab services do not appear to
include any mention of such a plan. The public relations
impact of such a program, however, is evident from the
sizable media coverage of Cuba’s efforts. The Cubans are
receiving the kind of press that will help them win the
hearts and minds of the Guyanese. Each time Cuban doctors
come to Guyana to provide eye treatment, they receive front
page headlines in the three major daily newspapers. This
contrasts greatly with the efforts of TDY U.S. military
physicians and the Mission’s PEPFAR initiatives taken in
country which are often relegated to less noticeable
sections of the newspapers.


wikileaks Guyana cables – cuban doctors fearful in Guyana

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E.O. 12958: N/A
SUBJECT: Cuban Doctors Fearful in Guyana

¶1. (SBU) SUMMARY: Post has interviewed six applicants for
significant public benefit parole (SPBP) under the Cuban Medical
Personnel program. Five came to Guyana as conscripted members of
the Cuban medical brigade. As they await a decision on their
applications, some of these doctors fear that Cuban Embassy
officials or Guyanese police will find them to deport them back to
Cuba. One is already experiencing repercussions and informed the
ConOff of recent changes to the medical brigade program as a direct
result of the SPBP program. END SUMMARY.

¶2. (SBU) Embassy Georgetown Consular Officers have interviewed six
Cuban doctors who applied for significant public benefit parole
(SPBP) under the Cuban Medical Personnel program. Of the six
applicants, one doctor has been granted parole and departed for the
U.S. Two have legal status in Guyana (one married a Guyanese woman,
another came to Guyana independently). The three remaining
applicants completed the medical brigade program and remained in
Guyana without legal status. These “illegals” fear that Cuban
Embassy officials or Guyanese police will find them to deport them
back to Cuba.

¶3. (SBU) The most recent applicant speculates that someone must have
informed the Cuban authorities he visited the U.S. Embassy to
request parole. The Cuban Embassy assigned him to accompany an
“ill” Cuban doctor that had to return to Cuba. The applicant
refused to board the plane because of a hunch that he was being
tricked into repatriating himself. Subsequently, Cuban Embassy
authorities told him that his passport would be canceled
immediately. They also removed him from the medical brigade and
labeled him a deserter.

¶4. (SBU) The most recent applicant also informed ConOff of recent
changes to the medical brigade program as a direct result of the
SPBP program. He stated that the Cuban Medical Brigade program sent
a new manager to Guyana in December 2006 whose mandate is to crack
down on Cuban medical personnel that have intentions to request
parole or flee Guyana. Cuban medical personnel who apply for parole
are ostracized. Any Cuban medical professional who maintains
communication with parole applicants is at risk of losing his/her
legal status in Guyana and job with the medical brigade.

¶5. (SBU) The Cuban doctor who was approved for parole was hesitant
to travel because he feared for the safety of his female colleagues
whose applications are still pending. Three of the pending
applicants are in hiding, reporting that they cannot move freely for
fear that Guyanese police or Cuban embassy personnel may apprehend
them and repatriate them to Cuba. All of the parole applicants
expect their families in Cuba to be targeted for reprisals because
of their failure to return to Cuba after the completion of their

¶6. (SBU) During their interviews, three of the Cuban applicants
explained to the ConOff that upon arrival in Guyana, medical
personnel are forced to surrender their passports to the Cuban
Embassy. Their passports are returned to them just as they are
about to board the plane to return to Cuba after completing their
two years of service. The applicants that came to the Embassy with
their passports risked arrest by fleeing from the airport rather
than returning to Cuba. They reported that “official-looking”
people chased them as they ran to a taxi and drove away from the
airport. They went into hiding until they felt safe enough to come
to the U.S. Embassy to file an application for parole.
¶7. (U) Cuban medical personnel have meager funds available on which
to subsist. They receive very low wages compared to their Guyanese
counterparts, and their contracts require them to relinquish fifty
percent of any overtime pay to the Central Unit for Medical
Cooperation (UCCM) in Havana. The Cuban doctor’s monthly salary is
equivalent to US$500 from which US$100 is deducted on a monthly
basis and contractually remitted back to the UCCM. Overtime is
accumulated at the rate of US$1.25 per hour, and doctors on the
overnight shift make US$2.50 per night. In comparison, Guyanese
doctors typically make US$1,500 per month. The final renewal of the
doctor’s visas is done six months prior to the conclusion of their
medical mission so that the termination of their legal status will
coincide with their repatriation to Cuba.

¶8. (U) Applicants regularly call consular section for a status
update on their parole applications. Post is unable to offer them
much information other than that they must wait until DHS renders a
decision. Local charities can offer very little assistance to
political refugees. Moreover, every time the applicants have to
leave their hiding place to ask for assistance, they risk detention
and deportation because of their lack of status. Presently, they
rely on the assistance that some former colleagues are willing to
give them at much risk to their own status.

¶9. (SBU) COMMENT: Cuban applicants for SPBP tell us the only reason
Post does not receive many more parole applications is that

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applicants are terrified of being seen entering the U.S. Embassy.
ConOffs sense that Cuban medical personnel are willing to take the
risk of requesting parole; however once they do, they are faced with
months of delay and uncertainty. Since many applicants are
requesting parole after they have completed the medical mission,
they are no longer legally employed and unable to subsist on their
meager savings while awaiting a decision from DHS that can take
months to process. END COMMENT.


wikileaks Guyana cables – Guyana Response to Cuba/Libertad Act Suspension Request

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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
09GEORGETOWN535 2009-11-24 17:31 2011-08-24 01:00 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Georgetown

DE RUEHGE #0535 3281732
O R 241731Z NOV 09



E.O. 12958: N/A
SUBJECT: Guyana Response to Cuba/Libertad Act Suspension Request

REF: STATE 115416

¶1. (U) Post’s responses to reftel:

Has the host country, in Post’s opinion, worked to promote the advancement of democracy and human rights in Cuba?


Has the host country made public statements or undertaken other governmental actions, such as resolutions in national assemblies condemning human rights abuses in Cuba; or actions in support of
civil society in Cuba through the host country’s diplomatic missions or other fora?


Have there been any high-level diplomatic visits between Cuba and
the host country in the past six months?

Yes. Cabinet level officials visited Cuba within the last six

What is the nature of investments (and names, if known) that host country businesses have in Cuba?

Neither the GoG nor Guyanese businesses has large scale investments in Cuba.

Are there any bilateral trade agreements or other cooperative agreements between host country and Cuba?

Post is not aware of any formal bilateral trade or other cooperative agreement between Guyana and Cuba except medical assistance programs described in the next section.

Are there any exchange programs between host country and Cuba, including but not limited to: scholarships for host country nationals to study in Cuba; Cuban-paid medical travel for host
country nationals; and Cuban doctors working in the host country?

Each year at least 50 young Guyanese begin medical studies in Cuba, while in Guyana between 150 to 200 Cuban doctors deploy to hospitals and clinics throughout the country.