UN torture investigator disappointed by Cuba's decision to block
By The Associated Press (CP)
GENEVA — The U.N.'s independent torture investigator says he is deeply
disappointed by Cuba's decision to block him from visiting the country
for the first time.
Manfred Nowak says the Cuban government informed him it was unable to
accommodate his visit before the end of his term on Oct. 30.
Nowak said Wednesday that he had received a "clear invitation" from the
government earlier this year and had hoped to investigate allegations of
torture and ill-treatment in the communist country.
The U.N.-appointed human rights expert has made several fruitless
attempts to visit the island since 2005.
Cuban Ambassador in Geneva Rodolfo Reyes Rodriguez declined to comment,
saying he was awaiting instructions on the matter from Havana.