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Fewer arbitrary detentions but the “totalitarian model” continues

Fewer arbitrary detentions but the “totalitarian model” continues
(CCDHRN) / 14ymedio
Posted on February 6, 2015

14ymedio, Havana, 2 February 2015 – The number of arbitrary arrests for
political reasons in Cuba declined during the month of January to 178,
according to the latest report of the Cuban Commission for
and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) released Monday. Despite one of the
lowest figures in recent years, the organization “looks to the immediate
future with extreme skepticism as long as the regime continues to impose
a totalitarian model on pour people which is the primary cause of the
poverty and hopelessness that plague the vast majority of Cubans.”

The report notes that, “despite possible changes in the geopolitical
scenario, the situation of civil and political rights and other
fundamental rights in Cuba remains the worst in the entire Western

During the first month of the year, the Commission also recorded 48
cases of physical assaults and 36 victims of various forms of harassment
by the secret political and paramilitary agents.
The organization describes as positive the releases of political
prisoners in the framework of agreements between the governments of Raúl
Castro and Barack Obama, but recalled that “dozens of political
prisoners and thousands of innocent Cubans continue to languish in
Castro’s prisons under generally inhumane and degrading conditions.”

Source: Fewer arbitrary detentions but the “totalitarian model”
continues (CCDHRN) / 14ymedio | Translating Cuba –

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