Cuban doctors sue Venezuela and Cuba for “modern slavery”

February 22, 2010

Seven Cuban Doctors and a nurse sued Cuba, Venezuela and PDVSA in a US Court for conspiring to force them to work as “modern slaves” as payment for the oil that the Venezuelan Government provides that country.

Those being sued “willfully and arbitrarily” placed these medical doctors and the nurse under “conditions of servilism for debt” turning them into economic slaves and converting them into political promoters according to the suit.

The suit allegs that they travelled to Venezuela under false pretenses and threats and were forced to work without time limits in Chávez’ Barrio Adentro program. The suit alleges that “free and innocent people ” were placed under contidions of forced labor, captivity and as servants in exchaneg for payment of the country’s debt.  The suit also accuses the Venezuelan Government of persecuting, threatening and forcing the doctors to return to Cuba, blocking them from moving to other countries. They also said they practiced medicine illgeally in Venezuela in violation of the country’s laws (Sovereignty anyone?)

Another wonderful tale of the robolution, including PDVSA, Hugo “who cares so much for the people” Chávez and the bearded devil from Cuba.

(Note: The article notes that there is a precedent of Cuban citizens forced to work for a company to pay Cuba’s debt, who were awarded US$ 80 million)

19 Responses to “Cuban doctors sue Venezuela and Cuba for “modern slavery””

  1. […] universal right, are you also stating that healthcare professionals like RNs and doctors are worker slaves are obliged to treat any and everyone? It really reminds me of a quote by Alexis de Tocqueville […]

  2. Bob Says:

    Here is a point wirth looking into, could it be possible that as a result of the suit, US courts mandate a freeze of Venezuelan government financial assets in USA banks to guarantee the award payment in favour to the plaintiffs?

  3. loroferoz Says:

    You have just the one lawful employer, you can’t draw a contract with anybody else, if contract it is. Because you cannot bargain your salary or any other compensation, and there’s no court that will hear your complaints, much less recognize you have been wronged or award something to you. You are paid in “tokens”, in an escrow account maintained by the employer in it’s very own bank; these tokens not being convertible to any recognizable value outside of the domain of the employer. You are “let” (your services are hired to another employer) and if this one pays 1000 to the first employer, you receive 50 on your escrow account.

    You cannot leave your residence on your own, or move, and you are watched and controlled even there. You cannot complain. If you leave for a while, it’s with limited permission and with a mission by the employer. It’s quite difficult to take your family with you, if you manage to escape.

    Jim Watson had it easier. The chain gangs had it easier.

    Hell, Socialism IS Slavery, and then some!

  4. bjohns15 Says:

    Hello Excrement readers:

    I expounded further upon the “Barrio Adentro” program at the following link. Enjoy the read!

  5. Antonio Says:

    Yuca, loose all your hope.

    Cubans doctors or Bolivarian doctors can not be compare with doctors graduates in UCV or Los Andes University.

    Cubans and bolivarian are potential killers by their malpractices. Even a graduate venezuelan nurse have better knowledge that that kind of doctors

    There is no hope for Venezuela with Chavez as dictator.

    You are racist because you think Cuban or Venezuelan that are with Chavez are better by no more reason at all.


  6. Yuca Says:

    I agree with Juancho when he says about Cuban doctors “I’m certain he/she is a whole lot better than nothing at all.” When Chavez’s government start his term, the first program launched was Plan Bolivar 2000, which was their first attempt to solve a enormous variety of problems. The heath care was just one of them. A health emergency situation was declared and all Venezuelan doctors was summoned to fill up those vacancies in this first program, very few attend the call. Their reasons for their denial was a broad spectrum, from very low salary according to their expectations, or better patient goes to doctor’s private clinics that they going to the patient’s homes, to insecurity within the barrios or simple racism. But mainly the personal interest of Venezuelan doctors were put above their duty with their profession and their countrymen.

    After the coup d’état, oil strike, industrial sabotage and recall referendum, Chavez finally had the resources to re-launch a new strategy that bypass this enormous stopper to achieve a heath care system with free access to everyone. He called it “Mission”, because that was the only word that could describe the magnitude of the self sacrifice that Venezuela was asking to each individual. Again he call Venezuelan doctors and even less doctors attend, but the help came from Cuba, with a different understanding about what was involve. Once the people see the difference between having nothing or to have a doctor near by their home, committed with his/her wellbeing; the people understood that many others thing were possible.

    Of course, I rather see ALL Venezuelan doctors fully involved in this system, but I know all sort of specimens within medical colleague. The ones that are honest, knowable and hard workers with a deep interest on the wellbeing of everybody, and those that are money eaters, profit chasers, Miami shoppers, superficial and frivolous doctors, very self centre. Mainly the first ones are with Chavez, and mainly the second ones are against him.

    Now my hopes rest on the new generations of Venezuelan doctors that are training six (6) full years on medicine, three on them working with their communities. What fascinate me is be able to see indigenous people receiving this kind of training.

  7. Deanna Says:

    My Chavista sister-in-law just had a cataract operation and she didn’t have her eyes operated on by a Cuban doctor, nor did she go to Cuba to have it done. I believe that she has heard enough stories of people losing their eyesight after having their eyes operated on in Cuba!!!! She actually went to a private clinic!!!

  8. moctavio Says:

    I dont know the exact number, but there were never more than 5,000 Barrio Adentro modules operating at the same time, si it would be 3 or 4 per module tops, add to that that many were closed and it is lower. Your number is actually what PDVSA’s budget quoted for a couple of years spending on Barrio Adentro.

    Another interesting statistic is that 50% of the Government’s health budget goes to private health care programs for Government workers.

  9. bruni Says:

    100 000 barrels/day, when oil was at 100$ represented 10M dollars A DAY. We are talking more than 3.6 Billion dollars a year.

    That is a HUGE amount of money. Chávez could have gotten 20 000 Venezuelan doctors payed 500$/day for that amount, considering the bad salaries of young venezuelan doctors, it would have been a wonderful way to improve the medical system.

    Miguel, do you now how many Cuban doctors where actually hired by Barrio Adentro?

  10. Roger Says:

    Next stop the Hague!

  11. Paul Says:

    I agree with you Junacho except for your last statement. Not having any slaves to pick your cotton is also better “than nothing at all”. This kind of attitude is what perpetuates abuse of people around the world in lower socioeconomic classes. The end justifies the means?

  12. Lazarus Says:

    Where is Arturo when we really need him to clarify this article?

  13. Floyd Looney Says:

    I found 2 articles on Cuba that everyone should read:

    I only wish I could get more Americans to stop buying the myths spread by our leftwing media.

  14. Andres F Says:

    Note: Regarding the $80 million award, the Miami Herald says “none of it has been collected”

  15. Juancho Says: wrote:

    “The Latin American branch of the World Health Organization also praised Barrio Adentro. Renato Gusmao of the Pan-American Health Organization said he was impressed to see 1,300 Venezuelans training as doctors to participate in the healthcare program, adding that Barrio Adentro is helping to knock down social and economic barriers, providing access to healthcare for the majority of Venezuelans. “Barrio Adentro permits the planning of a health care system based on the demands of the population, not just on how much they have and how much they can afford,” Gusmao said.”

    What’s not being said here is that Chavez has set up a parallel training for “doctors” that, not surprisingly, short tracks the normal training by almost two thirds. The result are socialist “doctors” who have not remotely had the trainng of traditional MDs (6 years of med school plus internship and residency for a specialty).

    I’m not sure exactly how this all works – perhaps someone else on this list can clue us in; but from what I’ve heard from med students here in Ven., the Chavez “doctor” is not at all the real McCoy – though I’m certian he/she is a whole lot better than nothing at all.


  16. Robert Says:

    But did the precedent actually collect the money?

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