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Cuba: Thugs Beat Pregnant Pro-Democracy Dissident ‘in the Belly,’ Put Father in the Hospital by FRANCES MARTEL29 Mar 2017110 SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER An unidentified mob attacked two members of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) – a pregnant teen and her activist father – on Sunday night, hurling bottles at them and reportedly […] Continue reading
More Than 50% Of Cuba’s Political Prisoners Belong To UNPACU, According To Human Rights Group / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 6 February 2017 – A report released this Monday by the National Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) counts 478 arbitrary arrests against dissidents throughout the island during the month of January. The […] Continue reading
Dissident Group Denounces At Least 9,940 Arbitrary Arrests In Cuba In 2016 / EFE,14ymedio EFE (via 14ymedio), Havana, 5 January 2017 — The Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN), a dissident group, denounced today that it had documented at least 9,940 arbitrary arrests for “political reasons” in 2016, the highest figure of […] Continue reading
Regime forces ‘assault’ the headquarters of the UNPACU and the homes of several activists DDC | Santiago de Cuba | 20 de Diciembre de 2016 – 10:08 CET. Early Sunday regime forces simultaneously “assaulted” the headquarters of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) in Santiago of Cuba and another eight houses of activists in that […] Continue reading
CUBA’S RAÚL CASTRO: REFORMER OR UNREFORMABLE?: THE EVIDENCE TO DATE Today, even the world’s largest democracies have embraced the idea that unconditional “engagement” with Cuba’s “reformist” military dictatorship will bring about economic and political reform. As a result, they have afforded it widespread impunity, legitimacy, and support. Yet, Raúl has been supreme leader of Cuba […] Continue reading
Cuban protest artist El Sexto: ‘You have to keep at it until you change their minds’ By Louise Tillotson, Researcher on the Caribbean at Amnesty International, 21 December 2015, 00:01 UTC Danilo Maldonado Machado, known as “El Sexto”, is a Cuban artist and former prisoner of conscience who spent 10 months behind bars for planning […] Continue reading
Fabiola Santiago: For a true Art Basel VIP, look to Cuba’s El Sexto He spent 10 months in prison without trial for his artwork Visiting Miami to accept human rights prize To leave, escape Cuba, not the solution, he says BY FABIOLA SANTIAGO fsantiago@miamiherald.com After spending 10 months in prison without a trial for making […] Continue reading
The unlikely chance of a serious human rights debate in Cuba 19 October 2015, 13:08 UTC Nearly a month since Pope Francis ended his historic visit to Cuba, any hope that authorities would loosen control on free expression in the country is fading as fast as the chants that welcomed him. At the start of […] Continue reading
What pigs protest says about Cuba By Will Grant Cuba correspondent, BBC News 13 October 2015 In the days after last December’s historic announcement that the US and Cuba were to re-establish diplomatic relations, a number of dissidents were released from Cuban jails as part of the deal. Among them was Roberto Hernandez. In a […] Continue reading
The IAPA Does Not See Progress In Press Freedom In Cuba / 14ymedio Posted on October 3, 2015 14ymedio, 2 October 2015 — Within a few hours of the opening of the 71st General Assembly of the Inter American Press Association (IAPA), scheduled between 2 and 6 October in Charleston (South Carolina), regional reports from […] Continue reading
Letter from Cuban Pro-Democracy Leaders to the U.S. Congress at 8:58 PM Thursday, September 24, 2015 It is with profound concern that we implore the Congress of the United States of America to read this letter directed against the strong campaign being waged to unconditionally lift the economic sanctions that weigh upon the Cuban dictatorship. […] Continue reading
Open Letter to Pope Francis for the Release of “El Sexto” Posted on September 14, 2015 Freedom for Danilo Open Letter to the Pope Havana, September 8, 2015 Your Holiness, Pope Francis: In advance of your visit to our island, a group of Cuban citizens wish to call your attention to a case that needs […] Continue reading
Transparency, Honesty and Free Information: Exotic Ideals in Cuba / Ivan Garcia Posted on August 31, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 21 June 2015 — When Berta Soler, leader of one of three splinter groups of the Ladies in White, convened a referendum on her continued command of the organization following a scandal in Fall 2014 regarding […] Continue reading
Cardinal Ortega: You Are a Prisoner of Conscience Posted on April 30, 2015 “The Editor”, 4 April 2015 — But you are not one of those worthy men who serve a prison sentence in Cuba for raising his voice against the abuses of the dictator. You are a prisoner of conscience, because your conscience is […] Continue reading
Posted on Thursday, 05.29.14 New book sparks renewed discussion of jailed Cuban novelist BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES NGAMEZTORRES@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM The publication in Miami of the novel El verano en que Dios dormía (The Summer When God Was Sleeping) has revived the controversy surrounding Cuban dissident writer Angel Santiesteban, who is serving a five-year sentence on the […] Continue reading
A Hero and a Villain / Angel Santiesteban Posted on May 9, 2014 To be a Cuban dissident in prison — who doesn’t tremble at denouncing the Castro dictatorship — and to be designated by Reporters without Borders as one of the “100 Heroes of Information,” is not only an immense honor but also makes […] Continue reading
Easter No. 3 for a Prisoner of Castro Bearing witness to Cuba’s political persecution costs Sonia Garro her freedom. By MARY ANASTASIA O’GRADY April 20, 2014 5:34 p.m. ET Christians the world over celebrated the resurrection of their savior on Sunday with worship services and family gatherings. Thirty-eight-year-old Sonia Garro shares the faith too, but […] Continue reading
Cuba: Release five prisoners of conscience immediately The Cuban authorities must immediately and unconditionally release five men who have been named prisoners of conscience by Amnesty International. The cases of the five men – Rafael Matos Montes de Oca, Emilio Planas Robert and the brothers Alexeis, Diango, and Vianco Vargas Martín – are indicative of […] Continue reading
Haunted by cancer after Cuba's Black Spring By Alfredo Felipe Fuentes/ CPJ Guest Blogger As the world welcomes celebrated Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez on her first international tour in a decade, we must also remember journalist Calixto Ramón Martínez Arias, who continues to be confined not only to the island nation, but to a prison […] Continue reading
The Solitude of the Desert / Angel Santiesteban Angel Santiesteban, Translator: Unstated Translator's note: This blog post does NOT relate to Angel's most recent arrest this week. It relates to a series of criminal charges the regime fabricated against him in order to be able to imprison him as a "criminal" rather than as a […] Continue reading
Cuban Dissidents Have Demands Met, End Hunger Strike Published September 19, 2012 Fox News Latino A longtime Cuban dissident and her followers have abandoned a hunger strike on its eighth day after receiving word the government will meet their main demand. Martha Beatriz Roque called off the strike when told the government would free little […] Continue reading
Posted on Monday, 09.17.12 Cuban dissident passes 1 week on hunger strike By PAUL HAVEN Associated Press HAVANA — A prominent Cuban dissident completed her first week on a hunger strike with supporters saying her condition is worsening each day and they fear she might die. Pro-government bloggers, meanwhile, denounced the strike as a sham. […] Continue reading
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