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Fidel Castro’s human rights legacy “is a story of two worlds,” says AI

London – Former Cuban President Fidel Castro, the human rights legacy, “a tale of two worlds”, the access to public services on the island people, while in the systematic oppression, Amnesty International said on Saturday.

“Fidel Castro’s legacy is a story of two worlds. The question now is, how human will look like in a future Cuba. The life of many depends on it,” Amnesty International Americas director Erika Guevara Rosas said in a statement.

The 90-year-old Castro, the legendary leader of the Cuban Revolution and an inspiration for revolutionaries around the world during its long presence on the world stage, died Friday night.

“There is hardly a more polarizing political figures as Fidel Castro, of progress, but deeply flawed leader,” Guevara-Rosas said.

After coming to power in 1959 after the Cuban Revolution, Castro oversaw extensive improvements in the provision of basic services such as health care and housing, as well as unprecedented progress in education throughout the island.

“The access to public services such as health and education for Cubans has been significantly improved by the Cuban Revolution and for this, its leadership must be applauded. Despite these successes, in the areas of social policy, Fidel Castro’s forty-nine years of reign of the expression,” Guevara-Rosas, was characterized by ruthless suppression of the freedom said.

Castro’s “darkest legacy” is in the area of freedom of expression in Cuba, “where activists said before the arrest and harassment for the voice against the government,” the AI official.

AI noted that, over many years, documented taken the stories of hundreds of people for the peaceful exercise of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, freedom of Association and freedom of Assembly.

“Repressive tactics of the authorities has in the last few years, with fewer and fewer people are long-term in prison for politically-motivated reasons is condemned, but the control of the state over all aspects of Cuban life continues to be a reality,” said AI.

The human rights group, said that the government will continue to limit the use of the Internet as a way to control access to information and freedom of expression, with only 25 percent of Cubans are connected to the Internet and to almost 5 percent of the houses to the global computer network.

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