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    “El Sexto” in the Clutches of the Castro Beast

    “El Sexto” in the Clutches of the Castro Beast / Luis Felipe Rojas Posted on August 29, 2015 Danilo Maldonado is a Cuban political prisoner who just embarked on the terrible path of committing to a hunger strike. This was confirmed by his family members from Havana late on August 25th. “El Sexto” (as in […] Continue reading

    On Cuban Political Prisoners

    On Cuban Political Prisoners / 14ymedio, Martha Beatriz Roque Posted on July 14, 2015 14ymedio, Martha Beatriz Roque, Havana, 11 July 2015 — What classifies as a political prisoner is a cause for disagreement among the Cuban opposition. There are varying opinions about who has been jailed for political reasons or not, despite the criteria […] Continue reading

    El Crítico – Music as a subversive instrument in Cuba

    El Crítico: Music as a subversive instrument in Cuba 02/06/2015 2:38 PM 02/06/2015 10:08 PM HAVANA During his years behind bars, Angel Yunier Remón Arzuaga staged a 27-day hunger strike and refused to wear the prison uniform. Now, as the rapper known as “El Critico” returns to his music, he plans to do so with […] Continue reading

    Five Years of “Crossing the Barbed Wire”: How Long Should I Continue?

    Five Years of “Crossing the Barbed Wire”: How Long Should I Continue? / Luis Felipe Rojas Posted on December 29, 2014 My baby, my third child, this blog, is five years old and at times I ask myself this question. How long should I continue? I started writing against the grain of what a blog […] Continue reading

    Czech ambassador says his country’s experiences may be useful to Cuba’s transition to democracy

    Posted on Wednesday, 12.11.13 Czech ambassador says his country’s experiences may be useful to Cuba’s transition to democracy BY JUAN O. TAMAYO JTAMAYO@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM For the Czech Republic’s ambassador to the United States, Petr Gandalovic, Cuba’s future might well follow the path of his country’s past. His European nation of 10 million people lived under Communist […] 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

    Cuba must immediately release prisoner of conscience

    Cuba must immediately release prisoner of conscience 11 September 2013 “It is a sad reflection of the state of the rule of law in Cuba, when people are convicted to prison terms not for what they have done but for what they might do.” Javier Zúñiga, Special Advisor for Amnesty International. Authorities in Cuba must […] 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 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

    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

    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

    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

    Cuban Dissident Wins Human Rights Prize – HRW

    Cuba:Cuban Dissident Wins Human Rights Prize21 Oct 2010 14:26:51 GMTSource: Human Rights Watch (New York) – The Council of Europe's award of its Sakharov prize for human rights to Guillermo Fariñas, the Cuban dissident who held a hunger strike to call for the release of other political prisoners, is a welcome step, Human Rights Watch […] 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

    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

    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

    Cuba Dissidents Launch Petition to Free Political Prisoners

    Cuba Dissidents Launch Petition to Free Political Prisoners HAVANA – A dissident group calling itself the Orlando Zapata Tamayo Committee on Thursday announced a campaign to collect signatures to ask Cuba's National Assembly to free the island's political prisoners. The group, created after the death of dissident prisoner Orlando Zapata Tamayo after an 85-day hunger […] Continue reading

    Cuba—A Way Forward

    Cuba—A Way Forwardby Nik Steinberg, Daniel Wilkinson In a 1980 interview, Gabriel García Márquez told The New York Times that he had spent three years writing a book about life in Cuba under Fidel Castro. But, he said, "now I realize that the book is so critical that it could be used against Cuba, so […] Continue reading

    Cuba dismisses Amnesty International pressure

    Cuba dismisses Amnesty International pressureWed, 17 Mar 2010 9:32p.m. The human rights group Amnesty international appealed to Cuban President Raul Castro to release political prisoners and scrap laws that restrict fundamental freedoms, using the seventh anniversary of a major crackdown on dissent to call for change. Amnesty was especially critical of Cuban laws that make […] Continue reading

    Amnesty calls for more freedom in Cuba

    Posted on Tuesday, 03.16.10Amnesty calls for more freedom in CubaBy PAUL HAVENAssociated Press Writer HAVANA — The human rights group Amnesty international appealed to Cuban President Raul Castro to release political prisoners and scrap laws that restrict fundamental freedoms, using the seventh anniversary of a major crackdown on dissent to call for change. Amnesty was […] Continue reading

    Human rights situations in Cuba that require the Council’s attention

    United Nations Human Rights CouncilHuman rights situations in Cuba that require the Council's attentionBy Online Tuesday, March 16, 2010 Statement delivered at the General Assembly by Freedom House, represented by Maria C. Werlau, regarding the situation of prisoners in Cuba. On behalf of Freedom House, I thank you, Mr. President, for the opportunity to speak […] Continue reading

    Dissident’s death spurs new protests in Cuba

    Dissident's death spurs new protests in CubaBy Rick Jervis, USA TODAY Dissidents are going on hunger strikes in Cuba after the death of aprisoner of conscience in an attempt to bring global attention to theoppression of the Castro regime, dissidents and rights groups say. "If they allow me to die, it will demonstrate to the […] Continue reading