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    A Glossary Against the Deafness of Raul Castro

    A Glossary Against the Deafness of Raul Castro / Luis Felipe Rojas Posted on April 10, 2016 Luis Felipe Rojas, 28 March 2016 — With mouths agape and arms extended to the heavens, Cubans of goodwill are still awaiting the night on which Raúl Castro will liberate all political prisoners and fling into the garbage […] Continue reading

    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

    “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

    Cuba: Prisoner releases must lead to new environment for freedoms

    8 January 2015 Cuba: Prisoner releases must lead to new environment for freedoms The Cuban authorities have released at least eight jailed activists, with hopes of more to follow. The release of at least nine jailed opposition activists by the Cuban authorities since last night is a positive step which should be followed by a […] 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

    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

    Amnesty names Cuban dissident a ‘prisoner of conscience,’ a month after recognizing 5 others

    Amnesty names Cuban dissident a ‘prisoner of conscience,’ a month after recognizing 5 others BY ANDREA RODRIGUEZ, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SEPTEMBER 11, 2013 HAVANA – Amnesty International designated a sixth Cuban dissident jailed in the island nation as a “prisoner of conscience” Wednesday and called for his immediate and unconditional release. Ivan Fernandez Depestre, 40, […] Continue reading

    Amnesty recognizes Cuban ‘prisoner of conscience’

    Posted on Wednesday, 09.11.13 Amnesty recognizes Cuban ‘prisoner of conscience’ BY ANDREA RODRIGUEZ ASSOCIATED PRESS HAVANA — Amnesty International designated a sixth Cuban dissident jailed in the island nation as a “prisoner of conscience” Wednesday and called for his immediate and unconditional release. Ivan Fernandez Depestre, 40, was arrested July 30 in the central province […] 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

    Workers for the Nomenklatura

    Workers for the Nomenklatura / Lilianne Ruiz Posted on August 16, 2013 HAVANA, Cuba, August, www.cubanet.org.- Similar to the theme of Steven Spielberg’s movie Minority Report, where someone is imprisoned for crimes they had not yet committed but it was assumed they might commit, the Cuban Criminal Code devotes several articles to “the state of […] 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

    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

    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

    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

    Premature thanks in Cuba

    Premature thanks in CubaThe myth of Raul the ReformerBy Daniel AllottThe Washington Times4:21 p.m., Wednesday, November 24, 2010 It has been more than four years since Raul Castro assumed the duties of the presidency of Cuba and more than 2 1/2 years since he officially took over for his older brother, Fidel. In that time, […] 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

    Cuba group wants parole for 69 ‘political’ inmates

    Posted on Thursday, 08.05.10Cuba group wants parole for 69 'political' inmatesBy WILL WEISSERTAssociated Press Writer HAVANA — Cuba's leading domestic human rights group called on the government Thursday to release 69 inmates it says are being held for political reasons, arguing that they should be eligible for parole after serving at least half their sentences. […] Continue reading

    Number of political prisoners in Cuba still murky

    Posted on Friday, 07.23.10Number of political prisoners in Cuba still murkyBy PAUL HAVENAssociated Press Writer HAVANA — If Cuba releases 52 prisoners of conscience as promised, it will still hold more than 100 people listed as political prisoners by the island's leading human rights group. But a closer look will find bombers, hijackers and fallen […] Continue reading

    It’s time to lift the communications embargo on Cuba.

    Havana Calling It's time to lift the communications embargo on Cuba.BY CHRISTOPHER SABATINI | JULY/AUGUST 2010 Fidel Castro may have looked weak and confused at times during his TV appearance this week, but the rare prime-time address by the former Cuban leader had the desired effect: He managed, for a day, to recapture the media […] 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

    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