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    Transparency, Honesty and Free Information – Exotic Ideals in Cuba

    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

    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

    DESPITE REFORM TO MIGRATION LAW, CUBA CONTINUES TO RESTRICT FREEDOMS OF EXPRESSION, ASSOCIATION AND ASSEMBLY AND TO HOLD PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE

    DOCUMENT – CUBA: DESPITE REFORM TO MIGRATION LAW, CUBA CONTINUES TO RESTRICT FREEDOMS OF EXPRESSION, ASSOCIATION AND ASSEMBLY AND TO HOLD PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC STATEMENT AI Index: AMR 25/007/2013 20 September 2013 Despite reform to migration law, Cuba continues to restrict freedoms of expression, association and assembly and to hold prisoners of […] Continue reading

    Havana abuzz over singer’s bold concert lyrics

    Posted on Friday, 09.13.13 Havana abuzz over singer’s bold concert lyrics BY PETER ORSI ASSOCIATED PRESS HAVANA — It was a day when Cubans were called to speak with one voice to demand the return of intelligence agents serving long prison terms in the United States. Then, at a nationally televised event outside the U.S. […] Continue reading

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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 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

    Restrictions to freedom of expression create climate of fear in Cuba

    Restrictions to freedom of expression create climate of fear in Cuba30 June 2010 Full report:http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/AMR25/005/2010/en/62b9caf8-8407-4a08-90bb-b5e8339634fe/amr250052010en.pdf Cuba's repressive legal system has created a climate of fear among journalists, dissidents and activists, putting them at risk of arbitrary arrest and harassment by the authorities, Amnesty International said in a report released on Wednesday. The report Restrictions on […] 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

    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

    Guerrilla Blogging

    INSIDE CUBA: Guerrilla Blogging
    A virtual democracy against all odds.
    By Orlando Pardo Lazo

    Blog." Many people in Cuba don't understand all the fuss regarding this
    mono-syllabic word that seems to have no relationship to the daily
    routine of survival.

    On the Island, the blogosphere is an incipient media and, outside of
    Havana, all but invisible. Though their work generates controversies and
    awards worldwide, Cuban… Continue reading

    Raúl Castro Imprisons Critics, Crushes Dissent – HRW

    Cuba: Raúl Castro Imprisons Critics, Crushes DissentObama Should Replace Failed Embargo With Effective Multilateral PolicyNovember 18, 2009 "In his three years in power, Raúl Castro has been just as brutal as his brother. Cubans who dare to criticize the government live in perpetual fear, knowing they could wind up in prison for merely expressing their […] Continue reading

    Journalism watchdog calls for Cuba blogger freedom

    Posted on Thursday, 09.10.09Journalism watchdog calls for Cuba blogger freedomBy PAUL HAVENAssociated Press Writer HAVANA — A U.S.-based journalist watchdog group called Thursday for an end to what it described as "systemic harassment" of bloggers and independent journalists in Cuba, and urged the international community to step up its lobbying on the bloggers' behalf. The […] Continue reading

    CPJ urges EU leaders to take action in Cuba

    CPJ urges EU leaders to take action in CubaJune 15, 2009 Jan Fischer Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, President of theEuropean CouncilJosé Manuel Durão Barroso President of the European Commission Dear Sirs, The Committee to Protect Journalists urges you, as the president of theEuropean Council and President of the European Commission, to takeconcrete steps […] Continue reading