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Elizardo Sanchez

Cuban Human Rights Group Denounces “Unstoppable Deterioration Of Civil And Political Rights”

Cuban Human Rights Group Denounces “Unstoppable Deterioration Of Civil And Political Rights” / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 2 November 2016 — The arbitrary arrests of peaceful dissidents in Cuba marked the highest figure in the last three months in October, with 620 cases, according to the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation’s (CCDHRN) monthly […] Continue reading

Cuban Human Rights Group – 570 Arbitrary Arrests in September

Cuban Human Rights Group: 570 Arbitrary Arrests in September / 14ymedio 14ymedio, 5 October 2016 — The Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) reported Wednesday that, during the month of September, there were at least 570 arbitrary arrests for political reasons, more than the 517 similar arrests of the previous month. The […] Continue reading

Desmiente el FANTU correo electrónico con declaraciones de Fariñas

Desmiente el FANTU correo electrónico con declaraciones de Fariñas Martinoticias.com El portavoz de Guillermo Fariñas desmiente correo electrónico con declaraciones sobre la huelga de hambre del disidente para exigir el fin de la represión en Cuba. Un correo electrónico distribuido este fin de semana a más de medio centenar de cuentas, supuestamente redactado porJorge Luis […] Continue reading

Are there political prisoners in Cuba?

Are there political prisoners in Cuba? Alexandre GROSBOIS •June 10, 2016 Havana (AFP) – It was one of the most awkward moments of a press conference that was full of them: when an American journalist asked Cuban President Raul Castro about the fate of political prisoners on the island. Castro, who had only reluctantly agreed […] Continue reading

“Only” 724 Dissident Arrests in May in Cuba

“Only” 724 Dissident Arrests in May in Cuba June 7, 2016 HAVANA TIMES — During May at least 724 “arbitrary arrests for political reasons”, took place in Cuba, a figure which means a decrease compared to previous months which exceeded a thousand, according to the dissident Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN), […] Continue reading

Radio and Television Marti: Notes from Havana

Radio and Television Marti: Notes from Havana / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 28 May 2016 — Thirty-one years after its founding, the government annoyingly continues to jam broadcasts by Radio Marti and its television signal still cannot be picked up in Cuba. Its website is censored and this media empire was a point of contention […] Continue reading

Patriotic Union Of Cuba Launches A Political Program

Patriotic Union Of Cuba Launches A Political Program / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 5 May 2016 — Since early this month, members of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) have begun to disseminate the document Minimum Program and Projections, which outlines guidelines for the actions of the opposition organization, forms of struggle, […] Continue reading

Rights Commission Counts 1,380 Political Arrests in Cuba in April

Rights Commission Counts 1,380 Political Arrests in Cuba in April / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 3 May 2016 – A report released on Tuesday by the Cuban National Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) announced that during the April there were “at least 1,380 arbitrary arrests for political reasons” in Cuba. A situation that […] Continue reading

Obama’s feckless defense of human rights in Cuba

NAT HENTOFF: Obama’s feckless defense of human rights in Cuba POSTED: 04/02/16, 2:00 AM EDT On Jan. 8, the Associated Press reported that President Barack Obama “may travel to Cuba as early as this spring if he feels the rights situation here is improving and a presidential trip will help.” The Castro dictatorship’s response was […] Continue reading

“I Am Optimistic About Obama’s Policy Towards Cuba” – Ben Rhodes

Ben Rhodes: “I Am Optimistic About Obama’s Policy Towards Cuba” / Iván García Posted on March 26, 2016 Ivan Garcia, Havana, 24 March 2016 — On any given day, getting to the residence of the press attaché for the United States public affairs office in Cuba, located at 7th Avenue and 24th Street in the […] Continue reading

Dissidents Call Meeting With Obama Positive And Give Him A List Of Political Prisoners

Dissidents Call Meeting With Obama Positive And Give Him A List Of Political Prisoners / EFE, 14ymedio Posted on March 23, 2016 EFE (14ymedio), Havana, 22 March 2016 – Several dissidents who met with President Barack Obama in Havana this Tuesday, assessed the meeting as “positive” and “frank,” and one of them delivered a list […] Continue reading

Cuban dissidents meet Obama to air grievances about Castro — and about new U.S. policy

Cuban dissidents meet Obama to air grievances about Castro — and about new U.S. policy The president sat down privately with 13 political activists All appreciated the recognition But some wanted more from him BY PATRICIA MAZZEI AND NORA GAMEZ TORRES pmazzei@miamiherald.com HAVANA President Barack Obama granted outspoken political dissidents of the Cuban government the […] Continue reading

Cuba dissident and wife detained on way to CNN interview

Cuba dissident and wife detained on way to CNN interview By Jim Acosta and Tiffany Ap, CNN Updated 1040 GMT (1840 HKT) March 22, 2016 Story highlights Around 20 dissidents were rounded up that day, according to another activist President Barack Obama is in Cuba for a historic three-day trip Arrests made the same day […] Continue reading

Kerry cancels trip to Cuba amid haggling on human rights

Kerry cancels trip to Cuba amid haggling on human rights Tracy Wilkinson and Christi Parsons Secretary of State John F. Kerry has canceled a tentative trip to Cuba two weeks before President Obama visits the communist-ruled nation as diplomats haggle over which Cuban dissidents the president will be allowed to meet. The back and forth […] Continue reading

Kerry cancels trip to Cuba amid frictions over human rights

Kerry cancels trip to Cuba amid frictions over human rights The cancellation comes just two weeks before President Obama is to visit Cuba Officials: Logistical challenges of two back-to-back visits also contributed to cancellation State Department: Kerry trip might be rescheduled at some point BY TRACY WILKINSON Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON Secretary of State John […] Continue reading

Cuban Human Rights Group Denounces 1,414 Political Arrests in January

Cuban Human Rights Group Denounces 1,414 Political Arrests in January / EFE (14ymedio) Posted on February 4, 2016 EFE (14ymedio), Havana, 4 February 2016 — The dissident Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) reported Thursday that political repression continues its ascent on the island, where in January there were at least 1,414 […] Continue reading

Three Members of Cuban Opposition Released After Three Months’ Detention

Three Members of Cuban Opposition Released After Three Months’ Detention / 14ymedio Posted on January 21, 2016 14ymedio, Havana, 21 January 2016 – Released on Wednesday, after three months detention, were two members of the Cuban opposition: Hugo Damián Prieto Blanco, leader of the Orlando Zapata Tamayo Front for Civic Action, and Wilberto Parada Milan, […] Continue reading

Number Of Political Arrests In Cuba Doubles From Dec. 2014

Number Of Political Arrests In Cuba Doubles From Dec. 2014 / 14ymedio Posted on January 4, 2016 14ymedio, Havana, 4 January 2015 — The number of political arrests in the month of December in Cuba was almost twice that of December 2014, from 489 increasing to 930, according to the monthly report issued by the […] Continue reading

Cuban dissidents report crackdown on Human Rights Day

Cuban dissidents report crackdown on Human Rights Day DEC 10, 2015 – 21:38 By Daniel Trotta and Nelson Acosta HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuban police detained at least six protesters shouting “Freedom!” and “Long live human rights!” in Havana on Thursday and dissidents reported 100 detentions nationwide on U.N. Human Rights Day, when some Cubans call […] Continue reading

A Growing Number Of Political Arrests In Cuba, According To CCDHRN

A Growing Number Of Political Arrests In Cuba, According To CCDHRN / 14ymedio Posted on November 2, 2015 14ymedio, Havana, 2 November 2015 — Arbitrary political arrests continue to trend upward in Cuba, according to Monday’s denouncement from the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN). In its report for the month of […] Continue reading

Abandoned by the Pope, Will Cuba’s Political Prisoners Abandon All Hope?

Abandoned by the Pope, Will Cuba’s Political Prisoners Abandon All Hope? By Nat Hentoff This article appeared on Cato.org on October 14, 2015. In my last column, I reported on the suffering of Cuba’s dissidents and political prisoners, which has only increased since President Obama normalized relations. The reconciliation between Cuba and the United States […] Continue reading

“Wave of Political and Social Repression” in September, according to CCDHRN

“Wave of Political and Social Repression” in September, according to CCDHRN / 14ymedio Posted on October 6, 2015 14ymedio, Havana, 5 October 2015 – This September there were at least 882 arbitrary arrests for political reasons, according to a report by the Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN). The figure is the […] Continue reading

Amnesty International declares Cuba graffiti artist a prisoner of conscience

Amnesty International declares Cuba graffiti artist a prisoner of conscience By Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) – Amnesty International on Tuesday declared a Cuban graffiti artist as the country’s only prisoner of conscience, demanding the release of a man held for “disrespect of the leaders of the revolution” over a satire of Fidel and Raul Castro. […] Continue reading

More Than 250 Activists Arrested During Pope’s Visit, According UNPACU

More Than 250 Activists Arrested During Pope’s Visit, According UNPACU / 14ymedio Posted on September 24, 2015 14ymedio, Havana, 23 September — The Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) denounced on Wednesday the arrest of 142 of its members during Pope Francis’s visit to the island, concluded yesterday. The total number of detainees from different organizations […] Continue reading

Pope On Dissidents In Cuba “I Did Not Give Audiences To Anyone”

Pope On Dissidents In Cuba: “I Did Not Give Audiences To Anyone” / EFE, 14ymedio Posted on September 24, 2015 EFE (14ymedio), Aboard the Papal plane, 22 September 2015 — Pope Francis said Tuesday that during his stay in Cuba he had no plans to grant audiences to “anyone,” on being questioned about why he […] Continue reading

Dozens Of Activists Detained To Prevent Them From Attending Pope’s Mass

Dozens Of Activists Detained To Prevent Them From Attending Pope’s Mass / 14ymedio Posted on September 20, 2015 14ymedio, Havana, 20 September 2015 — Opposition groups have reported dozens of arrests during the late night and morning hours of Sunday, to prevent many activists from attending Pope Francis’s Mass at the Plaza of the Revolution. […] Continue reading

Opponents Denounce Arrests And “Social Cleansing” Before The Pope’s Visit

Opponents Denounce Arrests And “Social Cleansing” Before The Pope’s Visit / 14ymedio Posted on September 19, 2015 14ymedio, Havana, 18 September 2015 — The Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) expressed Friday in a statement its “deep indignation and concern about the operation of ‘social cleansing’ that the government has developed in […] Continue reading

Pope tells U.S. and Cuba to push detente further

Pope tells U.S. and Cuba to push detente further By Andrew Cawthorne and Philip Pullella HAVANA (Reuters) – Pope Francis exhorted Cuba and the United States on Saturday to set an example for the world by deepening the recent rapprochement that he helped secretly broker between the former Cold War foes. His zucchetto skullcap flying […] Continue reading

The Ladies in White Live through Another Day of Repression

The Ladies in White Live through Another Day of Repression / 14ymedio Posted on September 13, 2015 14ymedio.com, Havana, 13 September 2015 – This Sunday, 42 Ladies in White, accompanied by 21 activists from different political groups, walked down Havana’s Fifth Avenue, in the Miramar neighborhood. Finishing their usual route and subsequent meeting in Gandhi […] Continue reading

Cuban dissidents demand more active Church mediation with Havana

Cuban dissidents demand more active Church mediation with Havana 13/09/2015 – 20:34 Havana, Sep 13 (EFE).- Dissidents in Cuba are awaiting the visit of Pope Francis to the island with moderate expectations and praised the pardoning of about 3,500 prisoners announced by the Raul Castro government but are demanding that the Catholic Church take on […] Continue reading

Cuban Opposition Gathered In Puerto Rico Support Plebiscite For Free Elections

Cuban Opposition Gathered In Puerto Rico Support Plebiscite For Free Elections / 14ymedio Posted on August 16, 2015 14ymedio, Havana, 16 August 2015 – The Cuban National Conference – involving one hundred activists from 23 organizations from the Island and 32 from exile meeting for three days in Puerto Rico – concluded this Saturday with […] Continue reading

Cuba Dissidents Won’t Attend US Embassy Event

AP Exclusive: Cuba Dissidents Won’t Attend US Embassy Event WASHINGTON — Aug 12, 2015, 6:04 AM ET By BRADLEY KLAPPER and MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN Associated Press The Obama administration doesn’t plan to invite Cuban dissidents to Secretary of State John Kerry’s historic flag-raising at the U.S. Embassy in Havana on Friday, vividly illustrating how U.S. policy […] Continue reading

Rights group – Cuba arrested 674 dissidents in July

Rights group: Cuba arrested 674 dissidents in July Cuba locked up nearly 700 dissidents in July, an opposition group has reported. According to the Cuban Commission of Human Rights and National Reconciliation, that’s the highest total since June 2014. In its latest monthly study, the opposition Cuban Commission of Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) […] Continue reading

Cuban dissidents feel sidelined as US focuses on state ties

Cuban dissidents feel sidelined as US focuses on state ties By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ and PETER ORSI HAVANA (AP) — In the seven months since the U.S. and Cuba declared detente, American politicians have flooded Havana to see the sights, meet the country’s new entrepreneurs and discuss the possible end of the U.S. trade embargo with […] Continue reading

Human Rights Group Estimates At Least 71 Political Prisoners In Cuba

Human Rights Group Estimates At Least 71 Political Prisoners In Cuba / EFE (14ymedio) Posted on June 19, 2015 EFE (via 14ymedio), 19 June 2015 – The dissident group Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) estimates that there are at least 71 people imprisoned on the Island for “political reasons or through […] Continue reading

Dissidents Have No Leadership Among Ordinary Cubans

Dissidents Have No Leadership Among Ordinary Cubans / Ivan Garcia Posted on June 16, 2015 Ivan Garcia,25 May 2015 — Cubans are not as uninformed as you think. Everyone knows that the Internet is a luxury. According to the latest report from the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), broadband is almost nonexistent, with a penetration of […] Continue reading

Four Years Without Justice

Four Years Without Justice / Mario Lleonart Posted on May 14, 2015 May 5th was the fourth anniversary of the brutal beating of activist Juan Wilfredo Soto García, which resulted in his death two days later. It was followed bythe deaths of noted leaders Laura Pollán and Oswaldo Payá Sardiñas, in which many also acknowledge […] Continue reading

Summit of the Americas – Inconsequential to the Average Cuban

Summit of the Americas: Inconsequential to the Average Cuban / Ivan Garcia Posted on April 13, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 9 April 2015 — After the Sunday hangover drinking beer with various friends, Jose Pablo reluctantly tends to his stall where he sells pirated CDs with Hollywood films and Mexican and Colombian narco-novelas. At his stand […] Continue reading

Recomendaciones a los presidentes

Recomendaciones a los presidentes A pesar del sabotaje al Foro de la Gobernabilidad Democrática reliazado por la delegación oficialista cubana, el foro redactó las 350 palabras de recomendaciones a los presidentes que participarán en la VII Cumbre, entre estos que “la OEA cumpla con garantizar la democracia y el respeto a los derechos humanos en […] Continue reading

Do Cuba and the United States Need to Rebuild Trust?

Do Cuba and the United States Need to Rebuild Trust? / Ivan Garcia Posted on February 23, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 20 February 2015 — Fifty Cuban and foreign journalists attended the press conference that a delegation of congressional Democrats headed by Nancy Pelosi held on the afternoon of Thursday, February 19 outside the residence of […] Continue reading