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    State Security Bars Belkis Cantillo From Leaving Cuba

    State Security Bars Belkis Cantillo From Leaving Cuba 14ymedio, Havana, 4 May 2017 — State Security prevented Belkis Cantillo, the leader of the Dignity Movement, from boarding a flight to the United States on Wednesday afternoon. The activist explained to 14ymedio via telephone that State Security agents and immigration officials notified her that she was […] Continue reading

    Tallies and Tales of the Reforms

    Cuba: Tallies and Tales of the Reforms / Vicente Botín Once upon a time… A female cat fell in love with a handsome young man and prayed to the goddess Aphrodite to turn her into a woman. The goddess, pitying the cat’s yearning, transformed her into a beautiful maiden, and the young man, captivated by […] Continue reading

    Black Woman – Double or Triple Discrimination?

    Black Woman: Double or Triple Discrimination? / Diario de Cuba, Laritza Diversent Posted on October 7, 2015 Diario de Cuba, Laritza Diversent, Havana, 31 July 2015 —In Cuba there is a myth that says that there is no racism here because “all the races and cultures melded together forever in a happy synthesis.” Nonetheless, in […] Continue reading

    Cuba: Human Rights at a glance

    Cuba: Human Rights at a glance 17 September 2015, 07:33 UTC Short-term arbitrary detention Peaceful demonstrators and human rights activists are routinely detained for exercising their rights to freedom of expression, association, assembly and movement. Activists are often detained to stop them from attending public demonstrations or private meetings. Independent journalists reporting on these detentions […] Continue reading

    The Gorki Aguila Case

    The Gorki Aguila Case / Lia Villares Posted on February 23, 2014 The trial schedules for this Tuesday against Gorki Águila, leader of the punk rock band Porno para Ricardo, was postponed because of the health problems of his defense attorney, according to the musician himself on his Facebook page. Gorki spoke about the background […] Continue reading

    NEW PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE ON HUNGER STRIKE – IVÁN FERNÁNDEZ DEPESTRE

    CUBA: NEW PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE ON HUNGER STRIKE: IVÁN FERNÁNDEZ DEPESTRE UA: 240/13 Index: AMR 25/008/2013 Cuba Date: 11 September 2013 URGENT ACTION NEW prisoner of conscience on hunger strike Cuban activist Iván Fernández Depestre was arrested on 30 July during a peaceful march, and has been on hunger strike since. He was sentenced on […] Continue reading

    Cuban dissident on hunger strike was sent back to prison

    Posted on Tuesday, 08.27.13 Cuban dissident on hunger strike was sent back to prison BY JUAN O. TAMAYO JTAMAYO@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM A Cuban dissident who declared a hunger strike four weeks ago to protest his arrest, trial and conviction — all in just three days — is suffering from bouts of dizziness and other health problems, opposition […] 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

    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

    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

    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 Paths of the General / Luis Felipe Rojas

    The Paths of the General / Luis Felipe RojasLuis Felipe Rojas, Translator: Raul G. This article was written by Luis Felipe Rojas for 'Diario de Cuba'. It has been re-posted on this blog: In regards to the year which has just begun, it is evident that the directions of the Cuban government are like forked […] Continue reading

    Compassion fatigue on Cuba

    Posted on Tuesday, 10.04.11PRO-DEMOCRACY ACTIVISTS Compassion fatigue on CubaBY MICHAEL PUTNEYmputney@local10.com Are we experiencing compassion fatigue on Cuba? I'm seeing signs of it, which doesn't bode well for Cuba's brave pro-democracy activists. Or for us. They're suffering and most of us — along with most of the world — are yawning. Thousands marched down Calle […] Continue reading

    Home is sweet – compared to Cuba

    Home is sweet – compared to CubaBy Jennifer Moreau, Burnaby Now June 10, 2011 There's nothing like a trip abroad to make you appreciate home. And after a recent sojourn in Cuba, I've come to appreciate things formerly taken for granted in Canada: things like fully stocked grocery shelves, freedom of the press and toilet […] Continue reading

    DECLARATION OF SANTIAGO

    DECLARATION OF SANTIAGO03-03-2011.Concilio Cubano(www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- The Cuban people live in very difficult times. However, this is not news. For more than fifty years we have witnessed increasing poverty and the ongoing violation of our hum... Continue reading

    Cuba’s pre-existing condition

    José Azel:Cuba's pre-existing condition12:00 AM CDT on Sunday, October 24, 2010 José Azel is a senior scholar at the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies at the University of Miami and author of "Mañana in Cuba." This essay was first published in Foreign Policy. He can be reached at jazel@miami.edu. Last month, the Cuban government […] Continue reading

    The Castros blink

    Posted on Friday, 07.30.10POLITICAL PRISONERS The Castros blinkBY JORGE G. CASTANEDAjorgecastaneda.org Finally, someone in Cuba went eyeball to eyeball with the Castro brothers, and they blinked. On July 7, Guillermo Fariñas, a dissident on a hunger strike for more than four months, achieved what no one has done before. Through a combination of careful confrontation, […] Continue reading

    Free Cuba activists seek full Spanish citizenship

    Free Cuba activists seek full Spanish citizenshipPublished: July 16, 2010 at 7:14 PM MADRID, July 16 (UPI) — Eleven Cuban human-rights activists freed from jail want Spain to recognize their struggle by giving them Spanish citizenship. The activists — from a group of more than identified 50 political prisoners in Cuba — arrived in Spain […] Continue reading

    Release of Dissidents Still Leaves Scores in Prison,Raul Castro Government Continues to Criminalize Dissent

    Cuba: Release of Dissidents Still Leaves Scores in PrisonRaul Castro Government Continues to Criminalize DissentJuly 8, 2010 (Washington, DC) – The plan to release a group of Cuban political prisoners is a positive step, but the Cuban government should release all political prisoners, Human Rights Watch said today. Cuba should also dismantle its authoritarian laws […] Continue reading

    Cuban political prisoners list dips to 167

    Cuban political prisoners list dips to 167By WILL WEISSERT (AP) HAVANA — The number of political prisoners in Cuba continued a notable decline in the first half of 2010, the island's top human rights monitor said Monday, meaning their ranks have dropped by nearly half since Raul Castro took power in 2006. The Cuban Commission […] Continue reading

    Cuban Government Continues to Stifle Dissent, Despite Assertions that Freedom of Expression is Respected, Says New Amnesty International Report

    Cuban Government Continues to Stifle Dissent, Despite Assertions that Freedom of Expression is Respected, Says New Amnesty International Report June 30, 2010 Cuba's government continues to stifle dissent through arbitrary arrests, surveillance, intimidation and harassment of journalists, dissidents and activists, despite recent assertions that freedom of expression is respected inside Cuba, Amnesty International said in […] Continue reading

    Amnesty: Cuba courts complicit in stifling dissent

    Posted on Wednesday, 06.30.10 Amnesty: Cuba courts complicit in stifling dissentBy WILL WEISSERTAssociated Press Writer HAVANA — Cuba uses repressive laws, a well-oiled state security apparatus and complicit courts to stifle political dissent as it harasses, spies on and imprisons those who openly oppose its communist system, Amnesty International said in a report released Wednesday. […] Continue reading