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    Cuba – Release five prisoners of conscience immediately

    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

    Amnesty names 5 Cubans ‘prisoners of conscience’

    Posted on Sunday, 08.04.13 Amnesty names 5 Cubans ‘prisoners of conscience’ BY PETER ORSI ASSOCIATED PRESS HAVANA — Amnesty International designated five Cubans detained on the island as “prisoners of conscience” on Sunday and called for their immediate release. The New York-based human rights watchdog highlighted the cases of Rafael Matos Montes de Oca, Emilio […] Continue reading

    GOVERNMENT CRITICS JAILED FOR SPEAKING OUT – AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

    DOCUMENT – CUBA: GOVERNMENT CRITICS JAILED FOR SPEAKING OUT UA: 205/13 Index: AMR 25/006/2013 Cuba Date: 2 August 2013 URGENT ACTION GOVERNMENT CRITICS JAILED FOR SPEAKING OUT Two government critics are serving prison sentences in Cuba on politically motivated charges, following summary trials. Amnesty International considers them prisoners of conscience, detained solely for peacefully exercising […] Continue reading

    The “Yumas” Pay Between 80 and 120 CUC per Night

    The “Yumas” Pay Between 80 and 120 CUC per Night / Leon Padron Azcuy Posted on July 31, 2013 HAVANA, Cuba, www.cubanet.org Recently Cuban “parliamentarians” discussed the issue of prostitution among young people. According to the press official, they drafted strategies to face this evil, as well as pandering, widespread today all across the Island. […] Continue reading

    Cuban LGBT rights advocates arrive in D.C.

    Cuban LGBT rights advocates arrive in D.C. July 29, 2013 By Michael K. Lavers on July 29, 2013 Two Cuban LGBT rights advocates who are visiting the United States for three months on Monday arrived in D.C. Ignacio Estrada Cepero and Wendy Iriepa Díaz on Monday met with staffers of Us Helping Us, an HIV/AIDS […] Continue reading

    Cuban Dissidents Harness Blogs, Social Media to Spread Cause Globally

    Cuban Dissidents Harness Blogs, Social Media to Spread Cause Globally By Curt Devine July 22, 2013 Fewer than half of Middle East residents think it’s safe to express political opinions online, according to a study by sponsor Northwestern University in Qatar. Explore the data on this interactive site and watch a recent MediaTwits chat about […] Continue reading

    A glimpse inside Cuba’s prisons

    1 May 2013 Last updated at 14:28 GMT A glimpse inside Cuba’s prisons Sarah Rainsford By Sarah Rainsford BBC News, Havana Proportionately, Cuba has one of the highest prison populations in the world The whitewashed buildings of the Combinado del Este prison are surrounded by watch-towers and layers and layers of coiled barbed wire. One […] Continue reading

    Report chronicles Cuba’s rights abuses

    Report chronicles Cuba’s rights abuses Apr. 28, 2013 The State Department’s latest report on human-rights practices effectively puts the lie to the idea that the piecemeal and illusory changes in Cuba under Gen. Raúl Castro represent a genuine political opening toward greater freedom. If anything, things are getting worse. The report, which covers 2012, says […] Continue reading

    Human rights under abuse in Cuba

    Posted on Monday, 04.22.13 The Miami Herald | EDITORIAL Human rights under abuse in Cuba By The Miami Herald Editorial HeraldEd@MiamiHerald.com The State Department’s latest report on human-rights practices effectively puts the lie to the idea that the piecemeal and illusory changes in Cuba under Gen. Raúl Castro represent a genuine political opening toward greater […] Continue reading

    A Dreamed of, Possible and Future Cuba, Laboratorio Casa Cuba Proposal

    A Dreamed of, Possible and Future Cuba, Laboratorio Casa Cuba Proposal / Catholic Archdiocese of Havana Posted on April 8, 2013 Site manager's note: This document/proposal, published by the Catholic Archdiocese of Havana, is generating discussion among the bloggers and is posted here for the convenience of our readers. The following translation is taken from […] Continue reading

    Proposals for a Possible Cuba

    Proposals for a Possible Cuba March 18, 2013 HAVANA TIMES — A group of Cuban researchers have just released a document containing a list of 23 proposals "for our immediate future." While the Cuban economy remains in crisis and with the death of Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, the consideration of measures that can inject new […] Continue reading

    Cuban activists talk about lack of basic freedoms, 10 years on from mass crackdown

    18 March 2013 Cuban activists talk about lack of basic freedoms, 10 years on from mass crackdown "The catalogue of repression and harassment suffered by José Daniel Ferrer García since his release illustrates the current strategy by the Cuban authorities under which activists are arrested for short periods of time to discourage them from speaking […] Continue reading

    Canadians are major customers in Cuba’s child sex market

    Canadians are major customers in Cuba's child sex market Canada is lax when it comes to stopping its sex offenders from going to Cuba and preying on underage prostitutes. Most tourists are drawn to Cuba by the sand, the sunshine, and the culture. But a few tourists – including some Canadians – are drawn by […] Continue reading

    Transgender woman 1st to win office in Cuba

    Posted on Friday, 11.16.12 Transgender woman 1st to win office in Cuba By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ Associated Press HAVANA — Adela Hernandez, a biologically male Cuban who has lived as a female since childhood, served two years in prison in the 1980s for "dangerousness" after her own family denounced her sexuality. This month she made history […] Continue reading

    CDR: Citizen Representation or Political Control?

    http://translatingcuba.com/cdr-citizen-representation-or-political-control-yoani-sanchez/ CDR: Citizen Representation or Political Control? / Yoani Sanchez Translator: Unstated, Yoani Sanchez The stew was cooked on firewood collected by some neighbors, the flags hung in the middle of the block and the shouts of Viva! went on past midnight. A ritual repeated with more or less enthusiasm every September 27 throughout the […] Continue reading

    The Punks on G Street: Tracking Cuba’s Rebellious Youth 50 Years After the Revolution

    The Punks on G Street: Tracking Cuba's Rebellious Youth 50 Years After the Revolution Julia Cooke I met Liván, Takeshi and the rest of their band of frikis—rock and metal fans of the punk-and-anarchist subcategory—around nine one Thursday night on the median of Havana's G Street. I'd come to Havana to write a book about […] Continue reading

    Briefing Note No. 3 Cuban League against AIDS

    Briefing Note No. 3 Cuban League against AIDS / Wendy Iriepa and Ignacio Estrada Translator: Unstated, Wendy Iriepa and Ignacio Estrada During the month of June and the first days of of July The Cuban League Against AIDS has monitored the rise of protests in Cuban jails for inmates with HIV / AIDS. The protests […] Continue reading

    The Cuban Government Before the Committee Against Torture

    The Cuban Government Before the Committee Against Torture / Dora Leonor Mesa Dora Leonor Mesa, Translator: mlk By Miriam Leiva, Havana 06/07/2012 Cuban authorities for more than nine years avoided the analysis of their violations of human rights in the United Nations Committee on Torture; a period that coincides with the uprising of March 2003, […] Continue reading

    UN panel blasts Cuba on human rights abuses

    Posted on Saturday, 06.02.12 UN panel blasts Cuba on human rights abuses THE U.N. called Friday for an independent body to gather, investigate and report on complaints of human rights abuses in Cuba. By Juan O. Tamayo jtamayo@ElNuevoHerald.com The U.N.'s Committee Against Torture hammered Cuba on Friday for a lengthy string of human rights abuses […] Continue reading

    Protesting in Cuba

    Protesting in Cuba May 29, 2012 Veronica Vega HAVANA TIMES — When working with the multidisciplinary cultural group Omni Zona Franca back in 2007, I read an essay about the phenomenon of graffiti. Someone in the group had the outlandish idea that such an effort set to prose could be done in the lobby of […] Continue reading

    The Vatican’s silence amid Cuba’s atrocities

    Posted on Sunday, 04.08.12 The Vatican's silence amid Cuba's atrocitiesBY MARIA C. WERLAUinfo@cubaarchive.org During his recent visit to Cuba, Pope Benedict XVI said nothing about the Castro brothers' victims. This is not surprising. For decades, the Catholic Church has remained silent about most of the Castro regime´s worst crimes in its quest to expand its […] Continue reading

    Sharp rise in harassment and attacks against activists and journalists in Cuba

    22 March 2012 Sharp rise in harassment and attacks against activists and journalists in Cuba "Tactics have changed, but the repression in Cuba is as strong as ever."Gerardo Ducos, Cuba researcher at Amnesty InternationalThu, 22/03/2012 Harassment and detention of political dissidents, human rights activists, journalists and bloggers across Cuba has risen sharply over the past […] Continue reading

    Cuba: Minority Report / Enrique García Mieres / Cuban Law Association

    Cuba: Minority Report / Enrique García Mieres / Cuban Law AssociationCuban Law Association, Translator: Unstated foto tomada de internetThe famous Spielberg film based on the eponymous story of science fiction writer Philip Kindred Dick has as a story line the existence of a police unit capable of fighting potential criminals before they commit a crime, […] Continue reading