Brazil has granted a tourist visa to a leading Cuban dissident, just days before President Dilma Roussef visits the communist island.
That puts pressure on Havana to grant blogger Yoani Sanchez a travel permit. Sanchez wants to go to Brazil for the premiere of a documentary about press freedom on Cuba.
Brazilian media say Roussef may raise the issue of human rights privately with her counterpart Raul Castro during her visit.
Rousseff’s foreign policy adviser Marco Aurelio Garcia has said political reform is up to the Cubans: “We will not tell them what to do.“