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    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

    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

    Talk to Cuba’s democracy advocates

    Talk to Cuba’s democracy advocates BY FRANK CALZON FRANK.CALZON@CUBACENTER.ORG 01/19/2015 5:06 PM 01/19/2015 5:06 PM This week, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson will travel to Havana to continue negotiations with the Cuban authorities. We wish her Godspeed, and hope that besides talking with her Cuban counterparts, Ms. Jacobson will meet […] Continue reading

    Keep the embargo until Castro relents

    Posted on Tuesday, 02.18.14 U.S. POLICY Keep the embargo until Castro relents BY MICHAEL PUTNEY MPUTNEY@LOCAL10.COM The U.S. trade embargo against Cuba is a fiction, a fraud, a failure and has been for a long time. It’s a Potemkin Village embargo. But it has served the purposes of both Washington and Havana. When it was […] 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    No end to repression

    No end to repression From Monday's Globe and Mail Published on Monday, Mar. 08, 2010 12:00AM EST Last updated on Monday, Mar. 08, 2010 3:31AM EST Images of another emaciated and frail Cuban dissident-turned-hunger-striker are a potent reminder of the frustration and powerlessness felt by political opponents on this Caribbean island. Guillermo Farinas, a 48-year-old […] Continue reading

    Resisting carrots and sticks in Cuba

    Resisting carrots and sticks in CubaMICHAEL OSBUN / Tribune Media ServicesBy THE ECONOMISTPublished: Monday, November 23, 2009 at 3:00 a.m. Those who hoped that the arrival in power of Barack Obama and Raul Castro would bring a thaw in the continuing 50-year cold war between the United States and Cuba so far have little to […] Continue reading

    CPJ petitioners urge Castro to free journalists

    CPJ petitioners urge Castro to free journalistsDecember 31, 2008 Raúl Castro RuzPresident of the Republic of CubaC/o Cuban Mission to the United Nations315 Lexington Ave.New York, NY 10016 Via facsimile: (212) 779-1697 Dear President Castro, The Committee to Protect Journalists is writing to you on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution […] Continue reading

    Cuban punk rocker escapes ‘social dangerousness’ conviction with £15 fine

    Cuban punk rocker escapes 'social dangerousness' conviction with £15 fine A Cuban punk rocker who was put on trial for his subversive lyrics hasexposed the fragility of the country's Communist dictatorship by walkingfree with only a £15 fine. By Angus McDowall and our correspondent in HavanaLast Updated: 10:14AM BST 31 Aug 2008 Gorki Aguila, the […] 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

    Five years after ‘Black Spring’, WiPC calls for release of 28 imprisoned writers, journalists and librarians following Cuba’s signature of key human rights treaties

    CUBA: Five years after 'Black Spring', WiPC calls for release of 28imprisoned writers, journalists and librarians following Cuba'ssignature of key human rights treaties Author(s): Tamsin Mitchell – PEN WiPC Africa/Americas ResearcherDate: 13th March, 2008 RAN 15/08 The Writers in Prison Committee (WiPC) of International PEN applaudsCuba's 28 February signature of two key international human rightsconventions […] Continue reading

    CUBAN GOVERNMENT MUST RELEASE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS

    CUBAN GOVERNMENT MUST RELEASE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS2007-05-01.Freedom House April 27, 2007 — While the release of seven Cuban political prisoners this week is a welcome action, more needs to be done to demonstrate a genuine shift in the Cuban government's treatment of political dissent, Freedom House said today. The organization urged the international community to […] Continue reading

    Cuba frees political prisoners ahead of talks on EU sanctions

    26 April 2007 19:31 Cuba frees political prisoners ahead of talks on EU sanctionsBy David Usborne in New YorkPublished: 26 April 2007 Cuba appears to have taken a step towards blunting international criticism of repression on the island with the release of seven political prisoners, including the well-known dissident leader Jorge Luis Garcia Perez. He […] 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

    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