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What I Said at FIU

What I Said at FIU / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo
Posted on December 9, 2014

Translator’s Note: On Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo
participated in a panel discussion at Florida International University,
in Miami. The program announcement is here.

Since the time of the Iron Curtain and Soviet socialism, the word,
“solidarity,” has been one of value… Continue reading

The Gorki Aguila Case

The Gorki Aguila Case / Lia Villares
Posted on February 23, 2014

The trial schedules for this Tuesday against Gorki Águila, leader of the
punk rock band Porno para Ricardo, was postponed because of the health
problems of his defense attorney, according to the musician himself on
his Facebook page. Gorki spoke about the background of his case with
Diario… Continue reading

Keep the embargo until Castro relents

Posted on Tuesday, 02.18.14
U.S. POLICY

Keep the embargo until Castro relents
BY MICHAEL PUTNEY

The U.S. trade embargo against Cuba is a fiction, a fraud, a failure and
has been for a long time. It’s a Potemkin Village embargo. But it has
served the purposes of both Washington and Havana.

When it was imposed more than half a… Continue reading

Czech ambassador says his country’s experiences may be useful to Cuba’s transition to democracy

Posted on Wednesday, 12.11.13

Czech ambassador says his country’s experiences may be useful to Cuba’s
transition to democracy
BY JUAN O. TAMAYO

For the Czech Republic’s ambassador to the United States, Petr
Gandalovic, Cuba’s future might well follow the path of his country’s past.

His European nation of 10 million people lived under Communist rule from
1948 to 1989,… Continue reading

DESPITE REFORM TO MIGRATION LAW, CUBA CONTINUES TO RESTRICT FREEDOMS OF EXPRESSION, ASSOCIATION AND ASSEMBLY AND TO HOLD PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE

DOCUMENT – CUBA:
DESPITE REFORM TO MIGRATION LAW, CUBA CONTINUES TO RESTRICT FREEDOMS OF
EXPRESSION, ASSOCIATION AND ASSEMBLY AND TO HOLD PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
PUBLIC STATEMENT
AI Index: AMR 25/007/2013
20 September 2013

Despite reform to migration law, Cuba continues to restrict freedoms of
expression, association and assembly and to hold prisoners of conscience
Human Rights Council adopts… Continue reading

Havana abuzz over singer’s bold concert lyrics

Posted on Friday, 09.13.13

Havana abuzz over singer’s bold concert lyrics
BY PETER ORSI
ASSOCIATED PRESS

HAVANA — It was a day when Cubans were called to speak with one voice to demand the return of intelligence agents serving long prison terms in the United States.

Then, at a nationally televised event outside the U.S. diplomatic mission in Havana, a… Continue reading

Amnesty names Cuban dissident a ‘prisoner of conscience,’ a month after recognizing 5 others

Amnesty names Cuban dissident a ‘prisoner of conscience,’ a month after
recognizing 5 others
BY ANDREA RODRIGUEZ, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SEPTEMBER 11, 2013

HAVANA – Amnesty International designated a sixth Cuban dissident jailed
in the island nation as a “prisoner of conscience” Wednesday and called
for his immediate and unconditional release.

Ivan Fernandez Depestre, 40, was arrested July 30 in… Continue reading

Amnesty recognizes Cuban ‘prisoner of conscience’

Posted on Wednesday, 09.11.13

Amnesty recognizes Cuban ‘prisoner of conscience’
BY ANDREA RODRIGUEZ
ASSOCIATED PRESS

HAVANA — Amnesty International designated a sixth Cuban dissident
jailed in the island nation as a “prisoner of conscience” Wednesday and
called for his immediate and unconditional release.

Ivan Fernandez Depestre, 40, was arrested July 30 in the central
province of Santa Clara during an… Continue reading

NEW PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE ON HUNGER STRIKE – IVÁN FERNÁNDEZ DEPESTRE

CUBA: NEW PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE ON HUNGER STRIKE: IVÁN FERNÁNDEZ DEPESTRE
UA: 240/13 Index: AMR 25/008/2013 Cuba Date: 11 September 2013
URGENT ACTION

NEW prisoner of conscience on hunger strike
Cuban activist Iván Fernández Depestre was arrested on 30 July during a
peaceful march, and has been on hunger strike since. He was sentenced on
2 August to three years… Continue reading

Cuba must immediately release prisoner of conscience

Cuba must immediately release prisoner of conscience
11 September 2013

“It is a sad reflection of the state of the rule of law in Cuba, when
people are convicted to prison terms not for what they have done but for
what they might do.”
Javier Zúñiga, Special Advisor for Amnesty International.
Authorities in Cuba must immediately and unconditionally release a… Continue reading

Cuban dissident on hunger strike was sent back to prison

Posted on Tuesday, 08.27.13

Cuban dissident on hunger strike was sent back to prison
BY JUAN O. TAMAYO

A Cuban dissident who declared a hunger strike four weeks ago to protest
his arrest, trial and conviction — all in just three days — is suffering
from bouts of dizziness and other health problems, opposition activists
said Tuesday.

Iván Fernández… Continue reading

Latest Cuban police tactic – Freeing detained dissidents in remote areas far from their homes

Posted on Tuesday, 08.20.13

Latest Cuban police tactic: Freeing detained dissidents in remote areas
far from their homes
BY JUAN O. TAMAYO

Cuban dissident Ana Celia Rodríguez Torres says police arrested her,
punched her and kept her all day in a scorching hot bus, then freed her
the next morning in a remote farming area 20 miles from her… Continue reading

Workers for the Nomenklatura

Workers for the Nomenklatura / Lilianne Ruiz
Posted on August 16, 2013

HAVANA, Cuba, August, www.cubanet.org.- Similar to the theme of Steven
Spielberg’s movie Minority Report, where someone is imprisoned for
crimes they had not yet committed but it was assumed they might commit,
the Cuban Criminal Code devotes several articles to “the state of danger
and measures of security.”… Continue reading

Cuba – Release five prisoners of conscience immediately

Cuba: Release five prisoners of conscience immediately

The Cuban authorities must immediately and unconditionally release five
men who have been named prisoners of conscience by Amnesty International.

The cases of the five men – Rafael Matos Montes de Oca, Emilio Planas
Robert and the brothers Alexeis, Diango, and Vianco Vargas Martín – are
indicative of the continuing repression of freedom… Continue reading

Amnesty names 5 Cubans ‘prisoners of conscience’

Posted on Sunday, 08.04.13

Amnesty names 5 Cubans ‘prisoners of conscience’
BY PETER ORSI
ASSOCIATED PRESS

HAVANA — Amnesty International designated five Cubans detained on the
island as “prisoners of conscience” on Sunday and called for their
immediate release.

The New York-based human rights watchdog highlighted the cases of Rafael
Matos Montes de Oca, Emilio Planas Robert and brothers Alexeis,… Continue reading

GOVERNMENT CRITICS JAILED FOR SPEAKING OUT – AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

DOCUMENT – CUBA: GOVERNMENT CRITICS JAILED FOR SPEAKING OUT

UA: 205/13 Index: AMR 25/006/2013 Cuba Date: 2 August 2013
URGENT ACTION
GOVERNMENT CRITICS JAILED FOR SPEAKING OUT
Two government critics are serving prison sentences in Cuba on
politically motivated charges, following summary trials. Amnesty
International considers them prisoners of conscience, detained solely
for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of… Continue reading

The “Yumas” Pay Between 80 and 120 CUC per Night

The “Yumas” Pay Between 80 and 120 CUC per Night / Leon Padron Azcuy
Posted on July 31, 2013

HAVANA, Cuba, www.cubanet.org Recently Cuban “parliamentarians”
discussed the issue of prostitution among young people. According to the
press official, they drafted strategies to face this evil, as well as
pandering, widespread today all across the Island.

It is known that, since… Continue reading

Cuban LGBT rights advocates arrive in D.C.

Cuban LGBT rights advocates arrive in D.C.
July 29, 2013
By Michael K. Lavers on July 29, 2013

Two Cuban LGBT rights advocates who are visiting the United States for
three months on Monday arrived in D.C.

Ignacio Estrada Cepero and Wendy Iriepa Díaz on Monday met with staffers
of Us Helping Us, an HIV/AIDS service organization, and Casa Ruby,… Continue reading

Cuban Dissidents Harness Blogs, Social Media to Spread Cause Globally

Cuban Dissidents Harness Blogs, Social Media to Spread Cause Globally
By Curt Devine
July 22, 2013

Fewer than half of Middle East residents think it’s safe to express
political opinions online, according to a study by sponsor Northwestern
University in Qatar. Explore the data on this interactive site and watch
a recent MediaTwits chat about the study. The research will… Continue reading

A glimpse inside Cuba’s prisons

1 May 2013 Last updated at 14:28 GMT

A glimpse inside Cuba’s prisons
Sarah Rainsford By Sarah Rainsford BBC News, Havana

Proportionately, Cuba has one of the highest prison populations in the world

The whitewashed buildings of the Combinado del Este prison are surrounded by watch-towers and layers and layers of coiled barbed wire.

One of Cuba’s most notorious high-security… Continue reading

Report chronicles Cuba’s rights abuses

Report chronicles Cuba’s rights abuses
Apr. 28, 2013

The State Department’s latest report on human-rights practices
effectively puts the lie to the idea that the piecemeal and illusory
changes in Cuba under Gen. Raúl Castro represent a genuine political
opening toward greater freedom.

If anything, things are getting worse. The report, which covers 2012,
says the independent Cuban Commission on… Continue reading

Human rights under abuse in Cuba

Posted on Monday, 04.22.13
The Miami Herald | EDITORIAL

Human rights under abuse in Cuba
By The Miami Herald Editorial

The State Department’s latest report on human-rights practices effectively puts the lie to the idea that the piecemeal and illusory changes in Cuba under Gen. Raúl Castro represent a genuine political opening toward greater freedom.

If anything, things are… Continue reading

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