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    The Open University has become embroiled in a row with Cuba, after it emerged that they do not allow Cuban students to enrol on their courses.

    A Cuban student was accepted by lecturers for a PhD at the institution, only to be told by the university's management that Cuba was on a list of “restricted countries” due to “international economic sanctions and embargoes”, which brought attention to the ban.


    US laws make it illegal for American companies to trade with Cuba...



    However, The Open University is a British institution and the university is now under investigation by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) as it could be in breach of the Equalities Act 2010 which states that it is unlawful to discriminate on grounds of race or nationality.


    Rob Miller, director of the Cuban Solidarity Campaign, said: “It is a ridiculous situation. You have a British institution overriding UK laws on equality to safeguard against US laws". The campaign plan to seek legal advice if no change is made.

    What are your thoughts on this story? Should the government intervene? Let me know!
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    The OU is a British company and educational institution. Since when do British companies operating out of Britain operate under US law over British law?
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    summer1311 I suggest you remove 'illegally' from the thread title, it has not yet been established that the OU broke the law.
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    What you need to understand is that because the UK has access to the US banking system so we must comply with the US sanctions and embargoes. If companies do not they may face considerable fines from the US some totalling in the tens of billions ($).
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    So if the US done a deal with someone we don't like, can we fine them? It works both ways!
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    :lolwut:

    The workings of US imperialism in action.

    And this is after Obama established normal relations with Cuba! :rofl:
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    (Original post by Fullofsurprises)
    And this is after Obama established normal relations with Cuba! :rofl:
    He never lifted the sanctions though.
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    (Original post by Meany Pie)
    What you need to understand is that because the UK has access to the US banking system so we must comply with the US sanctions and embargoes. If companies do not they may face considerable fines from the US some totalling in the tens of billions ($).
    What you need to understand is that a British entity which complies with US extra-territorial sanctions commits a crime under UK law punishable by an unlimited fine under Regulation 2 of the Extraterritorial US Legislation (Sanctions against Cuba, Iran and Libya) (Protection of Trading Interests) Order 1996 which enforces the EC Countermeasures Regulation which has for most practical purposes replaced the UK's own countermeasures regime contained in the Protection of Trading Interests Act 1980and the regulations made thereunder (so far the only country to which the 1980 Act has been applied in the USA in respect of its sanctions regimes against Cuba, Iran and Libya).

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    (Original post by Meany Pie)
    He never lifted the sanctions though.
    He almost certainly wanted to. Congress blocked it - Republicans always salivate over a chance to knock Cuba.
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    (Original post by nulli tertius)
    What you need to understand is that a British entity which complies with US extra-territorial sanctions commits a crime under UK law punishable by an unlimited fine under Regulation 2 of the Extraterritorial US Legislation (Sanctions against Cuba, Iran and Libya) (Protection of Trading Interests) Order 1996 which enforces the EC Countermeasures Regulation which has for most practical purposes replaced the UK's own countermeasures regime contained in the Protection of Trading Interests Act 1980and the regulations made thereunder (so far the only country to which the 1980 Act has been applied in the USA in respect of its sanctions regimes against Cuba, Iran and Libya).

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    It's comforting that we need to know that. Imagine if we only needed to know some simpler thing.
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    (Original post by Fullofsurprises)
    It's comforting that we need to know that. Imagine if we only needed to know some simpler thing.
    You think "you are talking bal....ks" would have been better?
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    OP's announcements contain a worrying ratio of plain text: bold text and images.
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    (Original post by nulli tertius)
    You think "you are talking bal....ks" would have been better?
    It would have the benefit of not being stomach churningly legalistic..
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    (Original post by JohnGreek)
    OP's announcements contain a worrying ratio of plain text: bold text and images.
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    (Original post by summer1311)
    No probs you naughty boy/girl
 
 
 
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