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Articles 72-90, which define the crime of peligrosidad, or "dangerousness." These articles come under the heading, "The Dangerous Status and Security Measures," a section of the Penal Code under which someone can be sentenced for up to four years in prison on the grounds that the authorities believe the individual has a "special proclivity" to commit crimes, even though he or she might not have actually committed a crime. These articles broadly define "dangerous" people as those who act in a manner that contradicts "socialist morality" or engage in "anti-social behavior." Moreover, Article 75 provides for an "official warning" to people the authorities deem to be in danger of becoming "dangerous," i.e., those who are not yet "dangerous" but who are regarded as having criminal tendencies because of their "ties or relations with people who are potentially dangerous to society, other people, and to the social, economic and political order of the socialist State…"
Cuba's government is repressive. Its latest crackdown targets so-called ''anti-social'' youths, most of them black. Since January more than 400 people have been imprisoned, almost every one of them black.
The rationale for the arrests is that this is a ''pre-offense security measure,'' for not complying with the ''norms of socialist morality.'' This explains why there are no charges filed. Even the Cuban government can't
file a charge for a crime that has not been committed -- but they can and do arrest you just in case.
From: Crackdown on Cuba's disaffected youth, Miami Herald, May. 12, 2005
In early July 2005 the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation, a respected local human rights group, issued a list of 306 prisoners who it said were incarcerated for political reasons. The list included the names of thirteen peaceful dissidents who had been arrested and detained in the first half of 2005, of whom eleven were being held on charges of “dangerousness.
From: HRW 2006 Human Rights Overview Cuba
Articles from the Cubaverdad Archive:
Cuban Civil Society
Fidel is afraid
Crackdown on Cuba's disaffected youth
Transvestites face police scrutiny
New prison for women being built in Havana
Country reports on Human Rights practices 2006
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