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Michelle Obama wears Kashmiri gown in Cuba

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New York:  Michelle Obama chose a floral gown made of Kashmiri fabric and embroidery by Indian-American designer Naeem Khan for dinner on the concluding day of the Obamas’ visit to Cuba on Tuesday.

The dress Michelle Obama selected for the Cuban dinner was in a Kashmiri fabric.

It was embroidered with an Indian floral motif and was similar to one in the same fabric from the designer’s pre-fall collection.

The embroidery on the gown was Kashmir’s traditional “Ari work”.

The dinner’s dress code was “casual cocktail”.

Celebrated designer Khan told the media “after what America has done for me, coming from India, I need to give back to this country”.

“She (Michelle Obama) has made my brand and put America back in fashion,” he said. “I would do anything for her.”

Barack Obama is the first US President since 1928 to undertake a three-day visit to Cuba along with his wife Michelle Obama and senior officials. He arrived in Cuba on Sunday.(IANS)

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Cuba Invites United Nations human rights Investigator for first time in decade regarding Human Trafficking

Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, U.N. special rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children, will visit the Caribbean island nation from April 10-14

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Jean Ziegler (2nd R), UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, speaks with a translator during a news conference in Havana Nov. 6, 2007, VOA

Geneva, April 7, 2017: Cuba has agreed to a visit by a United Nations human rights investigator for the first time in decade, inviting an expert on human trafficking this month, a U.N. statement said on Thursday.

Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, U.N. special rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children, will visit the Caribbean island nation from April 10-14, making stops in Havana, Matanzas and Artemisa.

“Her visit will be the first to the country in 10 years by an independent expert of the U.N. Human Rights Council,” the statement said.

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Authorities in communist-run Cuba have long resisted what they regard as external interference in their human rights record.

Former U.S. President Barack Obama initiated secret negotiations leading to normalization of U.S.-Cuban relations in 2015 after decades of enmity.

U.S. organizations that worked closely on the effort have called on the Trump administration not to act rashly toward Cuba, saying that the policy has improved human rights and internet access there.

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Giammarinaro, an Italian judge and trafficking expert serving in the independent post since June 2017, said she would meet Cuban authorities and activists to discuss challenges in addressing trafficking for sexual and labor exploitation.

“Particular attention will be paid to measures in place and those planned to prevent trafficking, to protect victims and provide them with access to effective remedies,” she said.

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The last U.N. human rights expert to visit Cuba was the then U.N. special rapporteur on the right to food, Swiss expert Jean Ziegler, in November 2007. (VOA)

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