“We’re Backlogged” / Kirenia Dominguez Alvarez, Cuban Law Association

Kirenia Domínguez Álvarez

This is the response given by the Municipal Department of Housing (UMIV) to citizens who show up to get the documents that they have requested days earlier in order to complete some transaction relating to their homes.

Many documents and titles have been lost, without any compensation for the resulting damages.

Claribel told me, very sadly, that she has requested for the second time her mother’s last will, and the opinion of the architect, and that these can expire if the Municipal Department of Housing does not expedite the processing necessary to convey to her the property she inherited from her mother some years ago.

After the fifty days that the law provides for these cases had elapsed, Claribel returned to the agency. Their response was a terse rejection without any explanation.

We conclude with the response that these officials gave her, after she had complained to the government about the long delay: “We do not understand what the architect wrote in his opinion.” So should we call it a backlog, or is it really a deficiency, a lack of knowledge, and an outrage to the public?

1 August 2013

Misfortune or Medical Malpractice / Cuban Law Association, Kirenia Domínguez Álvarez

Kirenia Domínguez Álvarez, Esq.

Rosabel, Roxana, and Rosita were triplets born four years ago in Honda Bay, a coastal town in Artemisa province. Unfortunately, or from medical malpractice, we can only enjoy the happiness of two of them.

Many times we have no words to account for acts that go unpunished, even though we know the answer.

The afternoon when the child was referred to a provincial hospital where she would have better prospects for proper care for a bronchial asthma attack, she was given an overdose of medication that caused her death. Before leaving town she was given a dose of the same drug, which was not reflected in the referral order.

The question is, who is legally responsible for this act, classified as negligence or recklessness, and sanctioned by our Penal Code in Article 9.1.3.?

Silence is the answer to the question that many people asked and kept to themselves.

25 June 2013