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‘From now on you have no name. You are prisoner 217’: life in a Cuban jail

‘From now on you have no name. You are prisoner 217’: life in a Cuban jail A brutal high-security prison was the last place Stephen Purvis expected to end up when he moved to Havana. Stephen Gibbs tells his story Stephen Gibbs Sunday 19 March 2017 09.00 GMT If you happened to go to a […] Continue reading

One of Obama’s parting acts – Suspending lawsuit provision of Helms-Burton

One of Obama’s parting acts: Suspending lawsuit provision of Helms-Burton BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com In his last month in office, former President Barack Obama preempted what could have been one of President Donald Trump’s first actions on Cuba: he suspended a section of the Helms-Burton Act that allows former owners of commercial property expropriated by […] Continue reading

FNCA envía mensaje a los cubanos tras derogación de “pies secos/pies mojados”

FNCA envía mensaje a los cubanos tras derogación de “pies secos/pies mojados” enero 19, 2017 Rosa Tania Valdés En medio de la desesperanza surgida tras la reciente eliminación de la política de “pies secos/pies mojados”, la Fundación Nacional Cubano Americana insta a los cubanos a “no dejar de luchar por un futuro mejor” para la […] Continue reading

2016 was a truly historic year for Cuba

2016 was a truly historic year for Cuba BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com The death of Fidel Castro marked the end of a truly historic year for Cuba. After years of false rumors that he had died, the former Cuban ruler finally passed away at 10:29 p.m. Nov. 25, according to a statement read by […] Continue reading

Las tres caras del periodismo cubano

Editorial: Las tres caras del periodismo cubano Agnes Koleman 22 diciembre, 2016 Boletín: Diálogos Cuba-Europa A pesar de que el periodismo en Cuba ha cambiado bastante en los últimos años, abriéndose espacios para la prensa independiente y apareciendo nuevas iniciativas alternativas, siguen existiendo tres bloques bien diferenciados. Está la prensa estatal, caracterizada por ser más […] Continue reading

The EU lies and bites its tongue

The EU lies and bites its tongue ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 17 de Diciembre de 2016 – 22:23 CET. The Council of the Union European (EU) is lying when it says that the agreement signed with the dictatorship of Raúl Castro in Brussels on 12 December, which put an end to the […] Continue reading

Agreement between Cuba and EU criticized as soft on human rights

Agreement between Cuba and EU criticized as soft on human rights BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com A new agreement of cooperation and political dialogue between the Cuban government and the European Union has come under intense attack by European parliament members, Cuban dissidents and human rights organizations. “The EU should have asked for an end […] Continue reading

Parlamentarios europeos cuestionan acuerdo con Cuba

Parlamentarios europeos cuestionan acuerdo con Cuba NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com El nuevo acuerdo de cooperación y diálogo político firmado por la Unión Europea y el gobierno cubano se encuentra bajo el intenso escrutinio y las críticas de europarlamentarios, opositores y organizaciones de derechos humanos. “La UE debería haber pedido el fin de la represión de […] Continue reading

EU UNFREEZES CUBA RELATIONS AFTER FIDEL CASTRO’S DEATH

EU UNFREEZES CUBA RELATIONS AFTER FIDEL CASTRO’S DEATH The country had been the only Latin American state not to have a ‘dialogue and co-operation’ deal with the bloc. BY JOSH LOWE ON 12/13/16 AT 1:08 PM The European Union has ended a 20-year block on diplomatic relations with Cuba following the death of Fidel Castro. […] Continue reading

Obama y la UE han fallado en la negociación

Obama y la UE han fallado en la negociación No se puede posponer la negociación sobre los derechos humanos en Cuba porque son la clave de la solución al “diferendo” del Gobierno con su propio pueblo, y a la vez, al “diferendo” del Gobierno cubano con Occidente Marlene Azor Hernández, Ciudad de México | 12/12/2016 […] Continue reading

Cuba no es prioridad para EU

Cuba no es prioridad para EU Se verá postura de Trump con la isla cuando asuma el cargo, dice; espera que pueda mejorar la relación entre ambos países 10/12/2016 01:55 José Meléndez/enviado La Habana Dagoberto Valdés Hernández ya está cansado de tener que opinar sobre la muerte de Fidel Castro, su impacto en el futuro […] Continue reading

Exiles – Putin Could Offer Trump a Deal on Cuba

Exiles: Putin Could Offer Trump a Deal on Cuba Putin seeking to take pressure off deteriorating Russian economy BY: Reuben F. Johnson December 6, 2016 11:12 am Post-Fidel Castro Havana may lose its long-time protector and guarantor of security, Russia, according to Cuba-watchers in Miami’s community of exiles and dissidents. They predict Russian President Vladimir […] Continue reading

Cuba Orders North Korea-Style ‘Fighting People’s March’ Following Military Exercises

Cuba Orders North Korea-Style ‘Fighting People’s March’ Following Military Exercises by FRANCES MARTEL23 Nov 201628 The communist government of Cuba has announced a “Fighting People’s March” in Havana on December 2 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Castro brothers landing in Cuba after fleeing a confrontation with Fulgencio Batista’s forces. The march follows the […] Continue reading

Dissidents accuse the EU’s representative in Cuba of “collusion” withthe regime

Dissidents accuse the EU’s representative in Cuba of “collusion” with the regime DDC | La Habana | 6 de Noviembre de 2016 – 12:37 CET. On Thursday Guillermo Fariñas and the Ladies in White, winners of the Sakharov Prize, lamented the announcement by the EU’s representative on the island, Herman Portocarero, of the signing of […] Continue reading

Cuba, European Union to sign new agreement for improved ties

Cuba, European Union to sign new agreement for improved ties IANS Updated: Nov 3, 2016 13:04 IST Havana: A new agreement that will open a new phase in the European Union’s (EU) relations with Cuba is tentatively scheduled to be signed on 12 December, a senior diplomatic official has announced. File image of Cuba’s President […] Continue reading

Guillermo Fariñas – ‘I am hopeful as I bid Europe farewell’

Guillermo Fariñas: ‘I am hopeful as I bid Europe farewell’ DDC | Madrid | 24 de Octubre de 2016 – 11:20 CEST. Guillermo Fariñas, a winner of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, has just completed a tour visiting various European institutions, accompanied by a delegation that included members of the Cuban Human Rights […] Continue reading

Guillermo Fariñas ‘Me despido de Europa con esperanza’

Guillermo Fariñas: ‘Me despido de Europa con esperanza’ DDC | Madrid | 21 de Octubre de 2016 – 10:07 CEST. Guillermo Fariñas, Premio Sajarov a la Libertad de Conciencia, acaba de concluir una gira por distintas instituciones europeas, acompañado por una delegación que incluyó a integrantes del Observatorio Cubano de Derechos Humanos (OCDH), las Damas […] Continue reading

Times changing in Cuba, says dissident at Forum 2000

Times changing in Cuba, says dissident at Forum 2000 ČTK | 19 OCTOBER 2016 Prague, Oct 18 (CTK) – Many things have changed in Cuba over the past year, people are no longer afraid of expressing their views and they have a bigger awareness of their rights, Cuban dissident Manuel Cuesta Morua, a guest to […] Continue reading

Cuban dissident calls on EU not to forget human rights

Cuban dissident calls on EU not to forget human rights By Javier Albisu | euroefe.es | Translated By Samuel Morgan 11:46 (updated: 14:59) While the EU wraps up a new framework for relations with Havana, Cuban dissident Guillermo Fariñas warns that his country could descend into civil war if this deal is not made dependent […] Continue reading

Even tougher times loom ahead for the opposition, warn activists, predicting more violence

Even tougher times loom ahead for the opposition, warn activists, predicting more violence DDC | La Habana | 29 de Septiembre de 2016 – 12:54 CEST. There are trying times up ahead for the opposition, as the regime continues to act with impunity, reported members of civil society consulted by DIARIO DE CUBA after a […] Continue reading

The regime unleashes repression all over the island

The regime unleashes repression all over the island DDC | La Habana | 26 de Septiembre de 2016 – 20:39 CEST. The Cuban regime launched a massive crackdown on the offices of the Legal Information Center (Cubalex), headed up by attorney Laritza Diversent, according to information received by DIARIO DE CUBA, just hours after the […] Continue reading

The European Union Includes The Detention Of Cuban Dissidents In Its Annual Report

The European Union Includes The Detention Of Cuban Dissidents In Its Annual Report / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 22 September 2016 — A report from the European Union details that in 2015 Cuba continued “arbitrary and short-term arrests of opposition members, activists and human rights defenders.” This situation that has led the bloc to communicate “on […] Continue reading

La UE admite en un informe anual la continuación de la represión en la Isla

La UE admite en un informe anual la continuación de la represión en la Isla DDC | Bruselas | 22 de Septiembre de 2016 – 15:19 CEST. La Unión Europea (EU) reconoció esta semana que “en 2015 continuaron las detenciones arbitrarias y de corta duración de miembros de la oposición, activistas y defensores de los […] Continue reading

Guillermo Fariñas abandons his hunger strike

Guillermo Fariñas abandons his hunger strike DDC | La Habana | 14 de Septiembre de 2016 – 06:49 CEST. On Monday dissenter Guillermo Fariñas decided to abandon a hunger strike he had been on for 54 days to demand that Raúl Castro desist from his persecution of protestors on the Island. His spokesman, Jorge Luis […] Continue reading

The “Fariñas Amendment” does not exist, clarifies a European Parliament group

The “Fariñas Amendment” does not exist, clarifies a European Parliament group DDC | Madrid | 15 de Septiembre de 2016 – 09:18 CEST. The alleged “Fariñas Amendment,” which, it was claimed, ratified the demands of the Cuban Sakharov Prize winner and spurred him to abandon his hunger strike “does not exist,” said the Alliance of […] Continue reading

Prominent Cuban opposition leader abandons long hunger strike

Prominent Cuban opposition leader abandons long hunger strike Cuban opposition leader Guillermo Fariñas abandons 54-day hunger strike. BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com Cuban opposition leader Guillermo Fariñas ended his 54-day-old hunger strike Monday, following unconfirmed reports that the European Parliament approved a measure that links aid to the island to Cuban government compliance with his […] 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

President Of The European Parliament Asks Fariñas Not To Endanger His Life

President Of The European Parliament Asks Fariñas Not To Endanger His Life / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Madrid, 9 September 2016 – The President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, has shown his support of peaceful protests by the Cuban opposition to defend human rights, but is asking Guillermo Fariñas to give up his hunger and thirst […] Continue reading

Mogherini – ‘La UE muestra inquietud y preocupación por la salud de Guillermo Fariñas’

Mogherini: ‘La UE muestra inquietud y preocupación por la salud de Guillermo Fariñas’ DDC | Madrid | 22 de Agosto de 2016 – 21:57 CEST. La Alta Representante de la Unión Europea (UE) para Asuntos Exteriores y Política de Seguridad, Federica Mogherini, comunicó al Observatorio Cubano de Derechos Humanos (OCDH) que están al tanto de […] Continue reading

Más de medio siglo de infamia

Más de medio siglo de infamia Fidel Castro desconoció cualquier principio de derechos humanos, impartió “justicia” según sus estados de ánimo y asfixió la libertad de expresión en las cárceles clandestinas FRANCISCO MARTÍN MORENO 18 AGO 2016 – 23:18 CEST Desgraciadamente ya se cumplieron casi 60 años de infamia, de autoritarismo, de represión, de crímenes […] Continue reading

IS IT RIGHT TO VACATION IN CUBA’S OPPRESSION?

IS IT RIGHT TO VACATION IN CUBA’S OPPRESSION? No Americans should be dancing and dining their way through Cuba, enjoying the beaches, while those struggling for freedom lie in prison. BY ELLIOTT ABRAMS ON 7/31/16 AT 11:00 AM The motto of the American Bar Association (ABA) is “Defending Liberty, Pursuing Justice.” It should perhaps be […] Continue reading

Revenue for the regime, a crackdown on society, and the repression of dissidents

Revenue for the regime, a crackdown on society, and the repression of dissidents DDC | La Habana | 21 de Julio de 2016 – 14:10 CEST. Antonio Rodiles, Coordinator of the Forum for Rights and Freedoms (ForoDyL): A year ago relations were restored but, if one counts the 18 months of the confidential political process […] Continue reading

Sube en Cuba la represión, a pesar de la apertura

Sube en Cuba la represión, a pesar de la apertura Denuncian detención de 6 mil 573 disidentes de enero a junio de 2016; acusan que han aumentado abusos tras acercamiento con Occidente 08/07/2016 02:23 José Meléndez Durante el primer semestre de 2016 se registraron en Cuba 6 mil 573 detenciones por motivos políticos, la cifra […] Continue reading

‘The Totalitarian Regime Is Intact’ – One Cuban’s Message to Obama

‘The Totalitarian Regime Is Intact’: One Cuban’s Message to Obama The U.S. is pressing ahead with its opening to Cuba. What does that mean for democracy on the island? URI FRIEDMAN JUN 22, 2016 GLOBAL Earlier this month, Ben Rhodes, the architect of Barack Obama’s diplomatic opening to Cuba, characterized the full restoration of U.S.-Cuban […] Continue reading

Cuban Opposition Deplores Secrecy of Cuba-EU Negotiations

Cuban Opposition Deplores Secrecy of Cuba-EU Negotiations / 14ymedio, Mario Felix Lleonart 14ymedio, Mario Felix Lleonart, Brussels, 1 June 2016 – Cuban representatives who participated in the conference in the European Parliament held last Tuesday in Brussels about relations between the European Union and Cuba were skeptical about the cooperation agreement that will be signed […] Continue reading

EU-Cuba Human Rights Dialogue in Havana

EU-Cuba Human Rights Dialogue in Havana 08/06/2016 On 6th June, the EU and Cuba held their second high-level discussion on human rights in Havana. This was the first such meeting to take place on the island. The EU delegation was headed by EU Special Representative for Human Rights, Stavros Lambrinidis and included the EU Ambassador […] Continue reading

Civil Rights Defenders pide escribir a los gobiernos de la UE para que se publique el acuerdo con La Habana

Civil Rights Defenders pide escribir a los gobiernos de la UE para que se publique el acuerdo con La Habana DDC | Madrid | 30 Mayo 2016 – 3:02 pm. La organización Civil Rights Defenders pidió a los miembros de la plataforma EU-Cuba Network escribir a los gobiernos de la Unión Europea para que el […] Continue reading

“Totalitarianism is not broken in Cuba, we can not pretend it is” – Rosa María Payá

Rosa María Payá: “Totalitarianism is not broken in Cuba, we can not pretend it is” / EFE (14ymedio), María Tejero Martín EFE (via 14ymedio), María Tejero Martín, Oslo, 23 May 2016 — Cuban opposition member Rosa María Payá said Monday ,in an interview with EFE, that the “totalitarianism” of the government led by Raul Castro […] Continue reading

The EU opposes publishing its agreement with Havana because it could ‘undermine’ its process of dialogue with the regime

The EU opposes publishing its agreement with Havana because it could ‘undermine’ its process of dialogue with the regime DDC | Madrid | 23 Mayo 2016 – 11:48 am. The European External Action Service (EEAS), the EU’s diplomatic division, has refused to disclose to the “general public” the contents of the bilateral treaty signed on […] Continue reading

Garcia-Margallo calls for Spain to play leadership role in EU-Cuba dialogue

Garcia-Margallo calls for Spain to play leadership role in EU-Cuba dialogue Published May 14, 2016 EFE Spain’s acting foreign minister said here Saturday that Spain “needs to play a leadership role” in negotiations between the European Union and Cuba stemming from an agreement to normalize relations. “Spain is looking to accompany the rapprochement process between […] Continue reading