Beyoncé and Jay-Z under fire for Cuba visit

WENN, Saturday, April 6, 2013, 6:11am (PDT)
  • Beyoncé and Jay-Z have come under fire for taking a wedding anniversary trip to Cuba amid allegations of human rights abuses in the communist country.

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    The supercouple celebrated five years as husband and wife with a visit to the capital city of Havana, where they dined with their mothers, greeted fans, checked out the sights and even stopped by El Gato Tuerto, a famous nightclub.

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    However, lobbyists fighting for democracy in Cuba have branded the pair "insensitive" for choosing the Caribbean nation for a celebration, despite decades of reported human rights violations.

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    Mauricio Claver-Carone, a director for The US-Cuba Democracy PAC, tells, "There are women getting beaten on a daily basis, women who are being jailed for no reason... people are fighting for their freedom. It's extremely insensitive."

    U.S. citizens like Beyoncé and Jay-Z are technically prohibited from flying to Cuba for tourism, and must obtain special travel licenses from the American government. A source tells Reuters the pair was invited by officials for Cuba's tourism ministry.

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