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    3,522 Pardoned in order to Cover Up Cuba’s Sad Reality

    3,522 Pardoned in order to Cover Up Cuba’s Sad Reality / 14ymedio, Marlene Azor Hernandez Posted on September 20, 2015 14ymedio, Marlene Azor Hernandez, Mexico City, 18 September 2015 – The pardon of 3,522 ordinary prisoners in Cuba is excellent news, above all for their relatives. At the beginning of July something similar occurred when […] Continue reading

    The Crumbs That Pope Francis Will Eat in Cuba

    The Crumbs That Pope Francis Will Eat in Cuba / Luis Felipe Rojas Posted on September 19, 2015 Luis Felipe Rojas, 12 September 2015 — Joy came to 3,522 Cuban homes, this being the the number of prisoners serving sentences for (technically) common crimes who set to be released. Indeed, this calls for celebration, as […] 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

    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

    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 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

    Hookers, an Anonymous Society / Laritza Diversent

    Hookers, an Anonymous Society / Laritza DiversentLaritza Diversent, Translator: Unstated On February 25, in a human-trafficking case, the Las Tunas Provincial Court recognized in Judgment No. 92 that the young Cuban women "were blinded in the presence of foreigners, seeing in them the possibility of wearing stylish clothing and shoes, and the ability to visit […] Continue reading

    Cuban Court Recognizes that Young People are Dazzled by Foreigners / Laritza Diversent

    Cuban Court Recognizes that Young People are Dazzled by Foreigners / Laritza DiversentLaritza Diversent, Translator: Unstated The Tunas Court on February 25, recognized in its Ruling No, 92 that young Cubans "are dazzled in the presence of a foreigner, seeing the possibilities of fashionable clothes and shoes and visiting historic sites," in a case having […] 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

    HRW – 2010 Cuba Report

    CubaEvents of 2009 The change in government leadership in 2006-when Fidel Castro handed control to his brother Raul-has had little effect on Cuba's dismal human rights record. Cuba remains the one country in Latin America that represses virtually all forms of political dissent. The government continues to enforce political conformity using criminal prosecutions, long- and […] Continue reading

    La Lucha: The Human Cost Of Economic Repression In Cuba

    La Lucha: The Human Cost Of Economic Repression In Cubaby Patricia Linderman for the Foundation For Economic Education As I opened the gate of the high security fence around my yard inHavana, a black woman in her 30s glanced left and right and quicklywheeled her rusty Chinese bicycle inside. Her name was Marta, and shewas […] Continue reading

    CUBA UNDER RAUL: DOMESTIC AND FOREIGN POLICIES: THE HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATION

    CUBA UNDER RAUL: DOMESTIC AND FOREIGN POLICIES: THE HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATION2009-06-19.Ambassador James Cason (www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- Bucharest, Romania. May 28, 2009.- Cuba continues to be one of the worst violators of human rights in the world, and certainly the worst in Latin America. It systematically violates almost all of the articles of the Universal declaration of Human […] Continue reading

    For jailing journalists, Cuba is the little island that can

    For jailing journalists, Cuba is the little island that canFriday, May 29, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDTBY Tom Warhover Dear Reader, Albert Santiago Du Bouchet Hernández has been convicted on charges ofdisrespect. Twice. The first time, in 2005, he served a one-year sentence. On May 12 thedirector of the independent news agency Habana Press received […] Continue reading

    Cuba: dissident punk rocker scores political win

    Cuba: dissident punk rocker scores political winSubmitted by WW4 Report on Sun, 08/31/2008 – 23:44. Cuban punk rocker Gorki Aguila, lead singer of Porno para Ricardo, charged with "social dangerousness" because of his songs denouncing and deriding the government, was released with a $28 fine after calling upon his fans to hold a public protest. […] Continue reading

    Report on the HR situation in Cuba over the last 5 months

    Report on the HR situation in Cuba over the last 5 months (January -May 2008) Over the last five months, the Cuban regime arrested and jailed 22 dissidents and opposition activists, 13 of whom were still in prison at the time of this report. The closed door trials were problematic on several levels. They were […] Continue reading

    HRW 2008 Cuba report

    CubaEvents of 2007 Cuba remains the one country in Latin America that represses nearlyall forms of political dissent. There have been no significant policychanges since Fidel Castro relinquished direct control of thegovernment to his brother Raul Castro in August 2006. The governmentcontinues to enforce political conformity using criminal prosecutions,long-term and short-term detentions, mob harassment, police […] Continue reading

    Cuban gets 12 years for anti-Castro graffiti

    Cuban gets 12 years for anti-Castro graffitiReutersMonday, April 23, 2007; 2:06 PM HAVANA (Reuters) – A Cuban dissident who wrote "Down with Fidel Castro" and other opposition slogans on walls of public buildings was sentenced to 12 years in jail, a human rights group said on Monday. Rolando Jimenez had been held without charges in […] Continue reading

    Dissidents Predict Pre-Summit House-Cleaning

    HUMAN RIGHTS-CUBA:Dissidents Predict Pre-Summit House-CleaningPatricia Grogg HAVANA, Jul 6 (IPS) – A decrease in the number of prisoners held for “political motives” in Cuba — down from 333 to 316 “documented” cases over the last six months — is “insignificant,” says a local opposition organisation that issues weekly reports on human rights. Both figures differ […] Continue reading

    Country Reports on Human Rights Practices 2005

    Cuba Country Reports on Human Rights Practices – 2005Released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and LaborMarch 8, 2006 Cuba, with a population of 11 million, is a totalitarian state led by a president, Fidel Castro, whose regime controls all aspects of life through the Communist Party (CP) and its affiliated mass organizations, the […] Continue reading

    Cuba: Country Reports on Human Rights Practices 2006

    Cuba: Country Reports on Human Rights Practices 2006 Released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. February 28, 2005. Cuba remains a Latin American anomaly: an undemocratic government that represses nearly all forms of political dissent. President Fidel Castro, now in his forty-seventh year in power, shows no willingness to consider even minor […] Continue reading

    FIU spy case reawakens old mistrust among exiles

    Posted on Sun, Feb. 05, 2006

    EXILE POLITICS
    FIU spy case reawakens old mistrust among exiles
    The FIU spy case is stirring up distrust between Cuban exile factions
    and also between exiles and island dissidents.
    BY OSCAR CORRAL
    ocorral@MiamiHerald.com

    The case against two Florida International University employees believed
    to be supplying Cuba information about South Florida exiles has stirred
    up once again the element of… Continue reading

    HRW 2006 Report Cuba

    Cuba Cuba remains a Latin American anomaly: an undemocratic government that represses nearly all forms of political dissent. President Fidel Castro, now in his forty-seventh year in power, shows no willingness to consider even minor reforms. Instead, his government continues to enforce political conformity using criminal prosecutions, long- and short-term detentions, mob harassment, police warnings, […] Continue reading