Samantha Power, the recently-appointed U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, deserves credit for calling on Cuba to launch a credible investigation into the suspicious death of leading dissident Oswaldo Payá, “but she should have gone a step further,” analyst Andres Oppenheimer writes for The Miami Herald:
Rosa María Payá (right) told me that her family has requested an international investigation by the United Nations Special Rapporteur for extrajudicial killings, and the Organization of American States’ Human Rights Commission. It is also pursuing the case in Spanish courts, since Payá also held Spanish citizenship.
Asked about Power’s request to the Cuban foreign minister, Rosa María said it’s a “good first step, but the Obama administration should take the petition to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and to the U.N. Special Rapporteur of extrajudicial killings. As far as I know, they have not done that yet.”
Power should raise the case at the U.N., the Organization of American States and other international institutions, Oppenheimer argues.
“There are now too many pieces of evidence, including the original text messages and two eyewitnesses, to close the book on the highly suspicious death of one of Latin America’s biggest civil rights heroes.” RTWT