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Briefing Note No. 3 Cuban League against AIDS

Briefing Note No. 3 Cuban League against / Wendy Iriepa and Ignacio


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 / AIDS.

The protests show the dissatisfaction by the Cuban population

affected by this disease. The affected prison population at the time of

writing this note exceeds the number of 700 inmates in six prisons

scattered to carry out their sentences.

For those unfamiliar with the Cuban issue of Prisons for Inmates with

HIV / AIDS, we recall that in the mid 90's there was only a prison on

the island for this purpose located in the city of Santa Clara.

Subsequently the Department of Corrections was forced to increase that

due to the steady increase of the disease in the Cuban prison

population, and so opened new prisons, to date a total of six.

Recent protests have taken place in prisons in Santiago de Cuba,

Holguin, Santa Clara and San Jose in the former province of Havana. The

incidents reported in many cases by the people themselves, which

reflects the uneasiness of those who in spite of what they live through

await an improvement in these prison by the Cuban regime.

Hunger strikes, self-harm, attempted escapes, prison disorder, failure

to return from passes, negativity toward wearing the uniform, are some

of the actions carried out by those seeking to end the existing deficit

in these prisons of drugs, , and the constant violations of human

rights, to put an end to cruel inhuman and degrading treatment of the

doubly confined in punishment cells, and the very little required to

make these prisoners the objects of constant beatings by their jailers.

Accordingly the Cuban League Against AIDS has been able to show,

recently, that such incidents have increased in the Prison of San Jose

where a was unexpectedly submerged unclothed in an elevated

tank of water. Carrying a sign asking for food, , and demanding

the release of prisoners with HIV / AIDS. The name of the prisoner who

performed this act of disobedience in unknown, but we are aware that

remained protesting all day until the evening after having been made to

drink a bottle of soda with sedative tablets caused him to fell asleep

on the heights of which was lowered with military aid and a crane.

The most recent incident was staged in the same prison by a dozen

females, who rejected all kinds of food for more than three consecutive

days, demanding to spend an hour in the sun with their husbands or

fiancés adding to this demand the necessary improvements in the prison


The Cuban penal population affected by this disease most commonly is

serving sentences for common causes such as theft, burglary, theft and

slaughter of cattle, being in a state of dangerousness, and for the

alleged crime of spreading an epidemic which in many cases is unproven.

For over 75% of the Cuban prison population with HIV / AIDS the main

route of infection is self-administered injections. This mode of

transmission is not recognized by government agencies trying to hide one

of the realities which has been known for years.

The Cuban League Against AIDS organization monitors the island and calls

for respect for applied to the carriers of this disease. It

sends a warning call to all international organizations to demand that


- Improve the prison system for inmates sick with HIV / AIDS.

- Immediately release those prisoners with terminal illness.

- Suspend of the use of solitary confinement in punishment cells.

- Medical Improvements and Maintenance.

- A thorough investigation to clarify the use of self-injection as a

means of infection.

The Cuban League Against AIDS from this note is beginning a new campaign

for the Cuban prison population with HIV / AIDS which will end on

December 1st of this year as part of commemoration of World Day of

Solidarity with Persons with HIV / AIDS.

The campaign will be taken to each province for the sole purpose of not

stopping the right to at the doors of Cuban jails.

Accompanying this note is the original poster of this campaign.

Ignacio Estrada Cepero

July 9 2012

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