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”

Cuba’s Ladies In White Report 50 Arrests This Sunday / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 19 February 2017 — Some fifty Ladies in White were detained this Sunday on the Island, according to members of that dissident organization. Former political prisoner and regime opponent Angel Moya told 14ymedio by phone that Berta Soler had been arrested by members of a State Security operation and the police surrounding her Lawton … Continue reading “Cuba’s Ladies In White Report 50 Arrests This Sunday / 14ymedio”

More Than 50% Of Cuba’s Political Prisoners Belong To UNPACU, According To Human Rights Group / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 6 February 2017 – A report released this Monday by the National Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) counts 478 arbitrary arrests against dissidents throughout the island during the month of January. The text states that during the past month, there were 20 arrests more than in December 2016. The independent body … Continue reading “More Than 50% Of Cuba’s Political Prisoners Belong To UNPACU, According To Human Rights Group / 14ymedio”

Jose Marti’s Birthday Is Marked By House Arrests / 14ymedio

14ymedio, 28 January 2017 – On the 164th anniversary of the birth of José Martí, the day was marked by house arrests of several activists and the arrest of the regime opponent Manuel Cuesta Morúa. The most intense operation has been against those involved in a global action to demand the release of political prisoners and … Continue reading “Jose Marti’s Birthday Is Marked By House Arrests / 14ymedio”