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The Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba welcomes the information concerning the change of regulations intended to prevent citizens from that country to embark on cruise ships or merchant ships to the island.

The decision was taken by the immediate and effective mobilization of the Cuban-American community. Their protests and actions were instrumental in giving the company Carnival Fathom a better understanding related to the fact that giving in to the Cuban regulations in this matter was morally and legally unacceptable.

Carnival was informed by the Cuban regime that they decided to fall back on this issue and annul that regulation before the date scheduled for the first trip to the island.

We congratulate Carnival in their actions and decisions and celebrate this -puntual- defeat of the general policy of intolerance and discrimination followed since 1959 against Cubans living outside their homeland. But we must avoid to lose sight of the overall theme that the travel ban cruise is just one of the many abuses and violations of human rights suffered by the Cuban diaspora.

This latest episode has not only positive result for its outcome, but is also a reminder that we must organize the set of demands of Cubans abroad. This is an example of that when we unite Cubans, above all other discrepancies, we protect the rights that belong to us.

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