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    State Security Bars Belkis Cantillo From Leaving Cuba

    State Security Bars Belkis Cantillo From Leaving Cuba 14ymedio, Havana, 4 May 2017 — State Security prevented Belkis Cantillo, the leader of the Dignity Movement, from boarding a flight to the United States on Wednesday afternoon. The activist explained to 14ymedio via telephone that State Security agents and immigration officials notified her that she was […] Continue reading

    Tallies and Tales of the Reforms

    Cuba: Tallies and Tales of the Reforms / Vicente Botín Once upon a time… A female cat fell in love with a handsome young man and prayed to the goddess Aphrodite to turn her into a woman. The goddess, pitying the cat’s yearning, transformed her into a beautiful maiden, and the young man, captivated by […] Continue reading

    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

    Clinton Needs to Read Up on the Castros

    Clinton Needs to Read Up on the Castros The embargo does not block the sale of books to Cuba, or isolate its economy from the world. By MARY ANASTASIA O’GRADY Getting to the left of Vermont senator and avowed socialist Bernie Sanders is no easy feat. But Hillary Clinton’s speech in Miami Friday was an […] Continue reading

    Cuba and the new normal

    Cuba and the new normal BY MICHAEL PUTNEYMPUTNEY@WPLG.COM 03/03/2015 6:22 PM 03/03/2015 6:22 PM There is deep ambivalence in our community over normalizing relations with Cuba. For the first wave of Cubans, those relations will never be normal. Not when their homes, stores, factories, farms and fincas are in the hands of Cuban communists who […] Continue reading

    Amnesty International Denounces Increase in Arbitrary Detentions in Cuba

    Amnesty International Denounces Increase in Arbitrary Detentions in Cuba / 14ymedio Posted on February 26, 2015 14ymedio, Havana, 24 February 2015 — Short-duration detentions increased considerably in Cuba in 2014, according to the annual report published today by Amnesty International. The human rights organization, with headquarters in London, emphasizes that the situation with respect to […] 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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 a prison masquerading as a nation

    Cuba a prison masquerading as a nationBy Ian RobinsonLast Updated: August 2, 2010 2:00am Hmm. Looking for a vacation spot. Gotta have sun and sand and beaches. Cheap would be good. Let's see. Is there a repressive police state lacking in anything resembling rule of law as I know it that I could go to? […] 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 Still Fails On Human Rights

    Cuba Still Fails On Human Rights One party rule remains the law of the land, and when elections are held they are neither free nor fair. The U.S. again urges the Cuban government to allow the Red Cross and United Nations officials to visit Cuban jails. For 34 years, the United States has reviewed the […] Continue reading

    RACE AND COLOR IN CONTEMPORARY CUBA

    RACE AND COLOR IN CONTEMPORARY CUBAGayle McGarrity When I first returned to the United States in 1982, after living for a year and a half in Cuba, I was eager to share with my colleagues the extent to which racism and class divisions were still a glaring reality in ´Revolutionary Cuba´. However, no one wanted […] 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