Cuba must end its holding of political prisoners

Cuban President Raul Castro is never, ever asked embarrassing questions by those in his country’s state-run “news” media.

But during a joint appearance with U.S. President Barack Obama Monday in Havana, an American reporter asked Castro about political prisoners held by the regime.

Even criticizing Castro can land a Cuban in custody. It happens thousands of times a year, according to The Associated Press.

Castro denied it. His reaction to the U.S. reporter was, “What political prisoners?”

Obama has said normalization of U.S.-Cuba relations should improve human rights in that country. We hope so, but it won’t be easy.

After being embarrassed by U.S. reporters, Castro abruptly ended the appearance with Obama. “I think this is enough,” he said.

No, it is not.