Cuban Human Rights Groups Denounces More Arrests and Consolidation of the "Totalitarian Model"

14ymedio, Havana, 1 August 2018 — During the month of July there were 229 arbitrary arrests, “for purely political reasons, of peaceful dissidents”, the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) denounces in its most recent monthly report. The figure is 107 arrests more than in June. “We are going to see a rebound in these … Continue reading “Cuban Human Rights Groups Denounces More Arrests and Consolidation of the "Totalitarian Model"”

Lady in White Sentenced to One Year in Prison After Summary Trial

14ymedio, Havana, 8 July 2018 — Havana’s Municipal Court of Arroyo Naranjo sentenced Lady in White Yolanda Santana Ayala to one year in prison for the crime of disobedience due to the non-payment of fines, according to Berta Soler, leader of the human rights opposition movement, who spoke with 14ymedio. “Yolanda Santana and other Ladies in White … Continue reading “Lady in White Sentenced to One Year in Prison After Summary Trial”

"Degrading Conditions" for Detainees But Fewer Arbitrary Arrests in June

14ymedio, Havana, 2 July 2018 — The number of arbitrary arrests has been “steadily declining” in the last two years, according to the latest report from the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN), which documents 122 arrests of this type during the month of June. Although the repression has diminished in quantitative terms, … Continue reading “"Degrading Conditions" for Detainees But Fewer Arbitrary Arrests in June”

Human Rights Group: "Cuba Has 120 Political Prisoners"

14ymedio, Havana, 11 June 2018 — The Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) estimates that there as many as 120 political prisoners in Cuba in a report published on Monday. The independent group states that this figure “is very difficult to arrive at when the Government of Cuba refuses to cooperate” with international organizations. On the … Continue reading “Human Rights Group: "Cuba Has 120 Political Prisoners"”

Photographer and Activist Claudio Fuentes Released 24 Hours After His Arrest

14ymedio, Havana, 8 June 2018 — More than 24 hours after he was arrested, opposition photographer Claudio Fuentes was released in Havana, opposition sources confirmed to this newspaper. The dissident was subjected to an intense interrogation filled with threats toward his rebellious work. Activists of the Patriotic Union of Cuba confirmed to 14ymedio the release of Zaqueo Báez, who was … Continue reading “Photographer and Activist Claudio Fuentes Released 24 Hours After His Arrest”

300 Arbitrary Arrests in Cuba in April

14ymedio, Havana, 3 May 2018 — The prohibition on leaving the country in force against numerous dissidents and activists of independent civil society, in addition to the 330 arbitrary arrests and 66 cases of harassment are the most relevant data reported in the April report of the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) for the … Continue reading “300 Arbitrary Arrests in Cuba in April”

What Has and Has Not Changed in Cuba Since Raul Casto Came to Power

14ymedio, Mario J. Pentón/Reporting Team, Miami, 17 April 2018 — On the last day of July 2006 Cuba’s prime time news program broke with its usual monotony. Carlos Valenciaga, Fidel Castro’s chief of staff, announced to Cuba and the world that the hitherto invincible Commander-in-Chief had temporarily ceded power, after suffering intestinal bleeding. Raúl Castro, his younger brother, took … Continue reading “What Has and Has Not Changed in Cuba Since Raul Casto Came to Power”

Report Denounces Nine Physical Attacks by Cuban Secret Police in March

14ymedio, Havana, 3 April 2018 — During the month of March in Cuba, there were 319 arbitrary arrests against activists, a figure “slightly lower than the one recorded” in February, which was 347, according to the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN).  The Cuban Observatory of Human Rights (OCDH), on the other hand, reported … Continue reading “Report Denounces Nine Physical Attacks by Cuban Secret Police in March”

Cuban Human Rights Group Denounces Threat to One of its Members

14ymedio, Havana, 1 March 2018 — The Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) denounced, in its last report on repression on the Island, the case of one of its members, Amanda Durán Dalmau, “cited twice during the month of February, under the credible threat that she would be imprisoned if she did not … Continue reading “Cuban Human Rights Group Denounces Threat to One of its Members”

Cuba Extends Internet Censorship and Continues to Harass and Arrest Opponents

EFE, via 14ymedio, Havana, 22 February 2018 – “Unwarranted restrictions” on access to and freedom of expression on the internet have been added to the traditional forms of censorship in Cuba, where the government continues to arbitrarily detain and “harass” people critical of it, according to Amnesty International’s 2017-2018 report. The document, released on Wednesday, … Continue reading “Cuba Extends Internet Censorship and Continues to Harass and Arrest Opponents”

Cuban Government Focused Repression Against Independent Candidates

14ymedio, Havana, 4 December 2017 — In November, the Cuban authorities carried out 302 temporary arbitrary detentions, a figure that according to the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) is the second lowest since the beginning of 2017. The organization attributes this decrease to the fact that, during the past municipal elections, the … Continue reading “Cuban Government Focused Repression Against Independent Candidates”

Yoandy Izquierdo, Banned From Leaving Cuba, Unable to Travel to Spain

14ymedio, Havana, 23 October 2017 — The authorities prevented Yoandy Izquierdo Toledo, a member of the Center for Coexistence Studies (CEC), from boarding a plane to Spain on Saturday to attend a conference at the European University of Valencia, as confirmed by the activist himself to 14ymedio. Izquierdo, who was also going to participate in a youth … Continue reading “Yoandy Izquierdo, Banned From Leaving Cuba, Unable to Travel to Spain”

Trump: 100 Days in the White House and Not a Single Word About Cuba

14ymedio, Havana, 30 April 2017 – After 100 days in the White House, Donald Trump has not uttered a single word about Cuba. His indifference is keeping Havana officialdom on pins and needles, worried about the opposition and disoriented by Cuban society. More than two years after the beginning of the diplomatic thaw between the … Continue reading “Trump: 100 Days in the White House and Not a Single Word About Cuba”

Cuban Human Rights Group Denounces The Death Of A Political Prisoner Pending Trial / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 7 March 2017 — The Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) has denounced the death of political prisoner Hamel Santiago Maz Hernández, an activist from UNPACU, who died* on February 24 at Combinado del Este prison in Havana. The opponent had been imprisoned for eight months without trial for the alleged … Continue reading “Cuban Human Rights Group Denounces The Death Of A Political Prisoner Pending Trial / 14ymedio”

Cuban Police Prevent Joanna Columbié From Boarding A Plane To Mexico / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 6 March 2017 – Cuban police prevented activist Joanna Columbié from boarding a plane this Monday heading to Mexico. The car in which she was raveling was intercepted on the way to the airport and a State Security official warned her that she would not be allowed to travel abroad, according to what … Continue reading “Cuban Police Prevent Joanna Columbié From Boarding A Plane To Mexico / 14ymedio”