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Prison Diary X. The “5″ (Sybarites) Don’t Like Chicken

Prison Diary X. The "5″ (Sybarites) Don't Like Chicken / Angel Santiesteban Posted on April 6, 2013 The prisoners I share this barracks with tell me they read in the newspaper Granma that the 5 spies condemned in the U.S. complained because their jailers had offered them chicken twice. That is, they were protesting because [...] Continue reading

Cuba: 500 Detentions in February

Cuba: 500 Detentions in February Rights group also says political prisoner died after hunger strike. By Camilo Ganga – Latin America 26 Mar 13 Two Cuban human rights groups that report on arbitrary arrests recorded an increase in politically-motivated detentions in February compared with the previous month. The Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National [...] Continue reading

The Serious Issue of Machismo

Cuba: The Serious Issue of Machismo March 25, 2013 Veronica Vega vega1HAVANA TIMES — A few days ago, the partner of a friend of mine started beating her up in the middle of the street in the presence of several other people they knew. I wasn't there at the time, but I learned that my [...] Continue reading

Prisoner of conscience on hunger strike: Calixto Ramón Martínez Arias

Document – Cuba: Further information: Prisoner of conscience on hunger strike: Calixto Ramón Martínez Arias Further information on UA: 25/13 Index: AMR 25/002/2013 Cuba Date: 14 March 2013 URGENT ACTION PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE ON HUNGER STRIKE image1.png Independent journalist and prisoner of conscience Calixto Ramón Martínez Arias is on hunger strike to protest against his [...] 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

Cuba cracks down on activists, journalists

Cuba cracks down on activists, journalists After a year away, Cuba returns to the list of countries imprisoning journalists. Alex Pearlman December 11, 2012 13:56 Human rights defenders, political dissidents and journalists have been threatened, beaten and arbitrarily imprisoned in Cuba recently, and the widespread government crackdown continued on International Human Rights Day yesterday. On [...] Continue reading

For the Freedom of Calixto

For the Freedom of Calixto / Lilianne Ruiz #Cuba Lilianne Ruiz, Translator: Unstated My friend Calixto R. Martinez (far left in photo), a reporter for Hablemos Press, is now on the 23rd day of a hunger strike in the punishment cells of the Combinado del Este prison. Prosecutors charged him with the crime of "contempt [...] Continue reading

Cuba: The Time to Fill the Jails Came Again

Cuba: The Time to Fill the Jails Came Again / Ivan Garcia #Cuba Ivan Garcia, Translator: mlk Trying to analyze the strategy of the Castro brothers is an exercise in pure abstraction. Their way of moving tokens on the political board tends to go against logic. The incarceration of 75 dissidents ordered by Fidel Castro [...] Continue reading

Threats and assault on activists

Document – Cuba: Threats and assault on activists UA: 343/12 Index: AMR 25/029/2012 Cuba Date: 30 November 2012 URGENT ACTION THREATS AND ASSAULT ON ACTIVISTS The Cuban authorities have threatened one of the country's leading human rights defenders because of his human rights work, and a prominent government critic has been assaulted on the street, [...] Continue reading

Cuban dissidents say attacks are evidence of anxiety about the opposition

Posted on Friday, 11.30.12 Cuban dissidents say attacks are evidence of anxiety about the opposition Cuban human rights activist Elizardo Sánchez says he has been harassed by Cuba's secret police for the first time in decades By Juan O. Tamayo jtamayo@ElNuevoHerald.com Cuban human rights activist Elizardo Sánchez Santa Cruz says the secret police harassed him [...] Continue reading

Independent journalists hounded and arrested, while Granma reporter get 14 years on spying charge

Independent journalists hounded and arrested, while Granma reporter get 14 years on spying charge Published on Wednesday 14 November 2012. Updated on Friday 16 November 2012. Reporters Without Borders condemns a worrying increase in harassment of dissidents in recent months, which has yet again contradicted the intentions manifested by the Cuban government when signing two [...] Continue reading

The Solitude of the Desert

The Solitude of the Desert / Angel Santiesteban Angel Santiesteban, Translator: Unstated Translator's note: This blog post does NOT relate to Angel's most recent arrest this week. It relates to a series of criminal charges the regime fabricated against him in order to be able to imprison him as a "criminal" rather than as a [...] Continue reading

Obama’s Victory Shores Up The Cuban Regime

Obama's Victory Shores Up The Cuban Regime / Ivan Garcia Ivan Garcia, Translator: Unstated It was not only Barack Obama's supporters in Chicago's Democratic party circles who celebrated the close victory over his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney,with champagne. Though without as much rejoicing, the club of Communist businessmen, who together control 80% of Cuba's feeble [...] Continue reading

Former Cuban prisons chief accused of abusing dissidents now living in South Florida

Posted on Friday, 10.26.12 Former Cuban prisons chief accused of abusing dissidents now living in South Florida Dissidents say the former prisons chief denied them needed medical care, yanked out intravenous needles By Juan O. Tamayo jtamayo@ElNuevoHerald.com A former chief of prisons in Cuba's Villa Clara province is reported to be living in South Florida [...] Continue reading

Hunger Strikes Are an Effective Method with a Clear Objective

Hunger Strikes Are an Effective Method with a Clear Objective(s) / Anddy Sierra Alvarez The 21st century. A country called Cuba, where it citizens fight for a transparent democracy and for the freedoms that this encompasses. There are very few resources to achieve the power of the people in a country tossed into the abyss [...] Continue reading

The Cuban Regime’s Destructive Acts Against the Dissidence Have Come to Seem Normal to the World

The Cuban Regime's Destructive Acts Against the Dissidence Have Come to Seem Normal to the World / Ivan Garcia Ivan Garcia, Translator: Russell Conner Monday, September 17th marked the first week of a hunger strike carried out by the well-known economist and opposition figure Martha Beatriz Roque Cabello, 67 years old, "to demand the freedom [...] Continue reading

Cuba frees dissident who sparked hunger strike

Cuba frees dissident who sparked hunger strike Friday, 12.10.2012, 16:19 Cuba has released Jorge Vazquez Chaviano, a dissident whose case sparked a hunger strike by 30 protesters last month, though he remains under "many restrictions," he told AFP. "I'm very happy… But I'm on probation, with many restrictions. I cannot go to public places or [...] Continue reading

Activists must be allowed to mark anniversary of leader’s death unhindered

11 October 2012 Cuba: Activists must be allowed to mark anniversary of leader's death unhindered The Cuban authorities must allow a group of local activists known as the Ladies in White to commemorate freely the first anniversary of the death of their leader Laura Pollán on 14 October in Havana, Amnesty International said today. Laura [...] Continue reading

The Good Prisoner

The Good Prisoner / Reinaldo Escobar Reinaldo Escobar, Translator: Unstated We're already used to perceiving the interrogation tactic of "good cop, bad cop," so it's only natural that those of us who are usually on the other side of the questioning think of duplicating the method. On October 4 at around 5:30 in the afternoon [...] Continue reading

Nothing New Under the Sun

Nothing New Under the Sun / Lilianne Ruiz Lilianne Ruiz, Translator: Unstated Now one of the photos I had put in my posts has been taken by State Security and put in a 17 minute documentary to try to accuse Señora Martha Beatriz Roque and twenty other Cubans of faking their hunger strike. I wasn't [...] Continue reading

Cuban gov’t accused of smearing dissidents

Cuban gov't accused of smearing dissidents Cuban dissident Marta Beatriz Roque. EFE/File Havana, Sep 26 (EFE).- Former political prisoner Marta Beatriz Roque on Wednesday said that Cuba's Communist government "is using low and dirty methods" to discredit the opposition and confuse public opinion. Roque earlier this month headed a hunger strike that was joined by [...] Continue reading

Cuba Airs Tape Questioning Dissident Hunger Strike

Cuba Airs Tape Questioning Dissident Hunger Strike By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ Associated Press HAVANA September 26, 2012 (AP) Cuban state television aired images Tuesday night raising questions about the recent hunger strike by a prominent dissident. The 15-minute segment broadcast on the nightly news included testimony from a neighbor saying he took fruit and vegetables to [...] Continue reading

Hunger Strikes as a Weapon

Hunger Strikes as a Weapon / Rosa Maria Rodriguez Torrado Rosa Maria Rodriguez Torrado, Translator: Unstated It was after six in the evening and the lighting of the hall barely did justice to light the apartment of Martha Beatriz Roque. There were still some people there who joined the collective hunger strike — a total [...] Continue reading

Cuban hunger strikes deserve our attention

Cuban hunger strikes deserve our attention Posted on September 24, 2012 by Carlos Estevez While dozens of activists flocked to Washington Square Park for last weekend's Folk Festival, a couple dozen Cuban dissidents conducted hunger strikes throughout Cuba. The protesters in the park consisted mainly of fringe groups opposed to capitalism — socialists and remnants [...] Continue reading

Hunger Strikes: Do They Work or Not?

Yoani Sanchez – Award-winning Cuban blogger Hunger Strikes: Do They Work or Not? Posted: 09/20/2012 8:17 am Diverse elements came together — this time — so that the hunger strike of the many Cuban dissidents demanding the release of a prisoner was successful. The very size of it was a critical factor in its positive [...] Continue reading

Cuban Dissidents Have Demands Met, End Hunger Strike

Cuban Dissidents Have Demands Met, End Hunger Strike Published September 19, 2012 Fox News Latino A longtime Cuban dissident and her followers have abandoned a hunger strike on its eighth day after receiving word the government will meet their main demand. Martha Beatriz Roque called off the strike when told the government would free little [...] Continue reading

30 Cuban Hunger Strikers Win Release of an Opponent

Yoani Sanchez – Award-winning Cuban blogger 30 Cuban Hunger Strikers Win Release of an Opponent Posted: 09/19/2012 8:18 am After a week on a hunger strike, several Cuban dissidents ended their fast this Tuesday afternoon. The number of opponents refusing to eat had reached 30 throughout the country, with their main demand the immediate release [...] Continue reading

Cuban dissidents end hunger strike over colleague

Posted on Tuesday, 09.18.12 Cuban dissidents end hunger strike over colleague The Associated Press HAVANA — Supporters say a longtime Cuban dissident and her followers have abandoned a hunger strike on its eighth day after receiving word the government will meet their main demand. Martha Beatriz Roque called off the strike when told the government [...] Continue reading
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