The Truths of Omara Ruiz Urquiola

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 9 August 2019 — Omara Ruiz Urquiola has lost weight. Since two weeks ago when it was announced that she had been fired from her job at the Higher Institute of Industrial Design (ISDi), she not only suffers from the loss of her source of income, but from the injustice she perceives in … Continue reading “The Truths of Omara Ruiz Urquiola”

ISDi Students and Alumni Express Solidarity with Omara Ruiz Urquiola

14ymedio, Havana, 31 July 2019 — A few hours after the announcement of her dismissal from the Design Institute of Havana, Professor Omara Ruiz Urquiola has begun to receive expressions of solidarity from students and alumni on social networks. Some of these messages do not hesitate to criticize the decision of the school’s directors while others … Continue reading “ISDi Students and Alumni Express Solidarity with Omara Ruiz Urquiola”

Cuba Silences Ruiz Urquiola at the UN with the Support of China, Venezuela and North Korea

14ymedio, Havana, 3 July 2020 — The Cuban delegation blocked Ariel Ruiz Urquiola’s speech at the United Nations Human Rights Council three times this Friday in Geneva. The activist began to speak around 11:25 in the morning denouncing the Cuban medical missions as human trafficking. Just a few seconds later, Cuba asked to speak to raise a “point … Continue reading “Cuba Silences Ruiz Urquiola at the UN with the Support of China, Venezuela and North Korea”

Ruiz Urquiola Proposes a Campaign for the Return of Cuban Exiles to Besiege the Government

14ymedio, Havana, 2 July 2020 —  Ariel Ruiz Urquiola today proposed to Cuban exiles that they return to the Island all at the same time to limit the Government’s ability to react. The biologist and activist, who has called his proposal Operation Return, has spoken in Geneva from the esplanade in front of the United Nations … Continue reading “Ruiz Urquiola Proposes a Campaign for the Return of Cuban Exiles to Besiege the Government”

Xiomara Cruz Miranda Left Havana To Get Medical Attention In Miami

14ymedio, Havana, 21 of January, 2020 – The Lady in White Xiomara Cruz Miranda arrived in Miami on an American Airlines flight from Havana on Tuesday, to be treated for a disease she contracted in prison in the middle of last year without receiving effective medical care. Her relatives have reported constant irregularities in her … Continue reading “Xiomara Cruz Miranda Left Havana To Get Medical Attention In Miami”

Ariel Ruiz Urquiola Marks Six Days on a Hunger and Thirst Strike

14ymedio, Havana, 22 June 2018 – Cuban scientist and doctor of science Ariel Ruiz Urquiola, considered a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International, is on the sixth day of a hunger and thirst strike to demand his freedom. At first Ruiz Urquiola demanded his right to work in prison but now “it is for his … Continue reading “Ariel Ruiz Urquiola Marks Six Days on a Hunger and Thirst Strike”

Cuban Biologist Ariel Ruiz Urquiola Sentenced To One Year In Prison For Contempt

14ymedio, Havana, 9 May 2018 — Cuban biologist Ariel Ruiz Urquiola was condemned on Tuesday by the court of Viñales, in Pinar del Río, to one year in prison for the alleged offense of contempt, a sentence that has affected his closest relatives because it is the maximum penalty for this type of fault. According to El … Continue reading “Cuban Biologist Ariel Ruiz Urquiola Sentenced To One Year In Prison For Contempt”

Biologist Ruiz Urquiola Arrested for Demanding Medicine for His Sister / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 6 November 2016 – On Sunday morning, the police arrested for the third time this week the researcher and marine biologist Ariel Urquiola, who has been holding a peaceful protest in front the National Oncology and Radiology Institute (INOR) since Thursday. He is demanding medical treatment for his sister, Omara Isabel Ruiz Urquiola, … Continue reading “Biologist Ruiz Urquiola Arrested for Demanding Medicine for His Sister / 14ymedio”

Major Deployment of Cuban Police to Prevent a ‘Secret’ Demonstration

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 12 March 2021 — A dozen activists and journalists woke up to find their homes under surveillance and themselves prevented from going out. The reason: an alleged protest action while, they say, they have not called. In Old Havana, around the Capitol, there is a large presence of police and patrol cars, as … Continue reading “Major Deployment of Cuban Police to Prevent a ‘Secret’ Demonstration”

Former Cuban Officers Urges Military Not to Follow Repressive Orders against the Population

14ymedio, Havana, February 24, 2021 — A group of former military officers from the Revolutionary Armed Forces and the Cuban Ministry of the Interior have published a manifesto in which they declare themselves to be conscientious objectors, denouncing the Cuban regime for having unleashed “a war against the people and their economic initiatives.” The document, … Continue reading “Former Cuban Officers Urges Military Not to Follow Repressive Orders against the Population”

The Precautionary Measures in Support of the San Isidro Movement Are a Clear Message to the Cuban State

14ymedio, Havana, 24 February 2021 — Almost four months after his incarceration, no one has been able to see Denis Solís, who is in the Combinado del Este, a maximum security prison in Havana. Laritza Diversent, from Cubalex, and Harold Miñarro, from Defend Venezuela, reported on his situation this Wednesday, at an online press conference … Continue reading “The Precautionary Measures in Support of the San Isidro Movement Are a Clear Message to the Cuban State”

Leidy Laura Hernandez Denounces that Cuban State Security Poisoned Her Dogs

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 4 February 2021 — Leidy Laura Hernández, Santa Clara animal protector, and her husband, the rebellious rapper Omar Mena El Analista, denounced this Wednesday that Cuban State Security poisoned their dogs. “On Sunday morning, when I got up and went to give the dogs breakfast, I found María, one of my dogs, was … Continue reading “Leidy Laura Hernandez Denounces that Cuban State Security Poisoned Her Dogs”

2020 Was the Hardest Year for Cuba, Says Human Rights Group

14ymedio, Havana, 5 January 2021 —  The Cuban Center for Human Rights (CCDH) is forceful in its December report: the year that has just ended has been “the hardest” for the Island. The reasons, according to the organization led by Marta Beatriz Roque, are not only due to the cCovid-19 pandemic, but to “the scarcity, the … Continue reading “2020 Was the Hardest Year for Cuba, Says Human Rights Group”

Organizations Speak Out Concerning the Wave of Repression in Cuba / Artículo 19 and Cubalex

Artículo 19 and Cubalex — Article 19 strongly condemns the wave of arbitrary arrests that have been taking place since Thursday, November 12, against independent journalists, human rights activists and political opponents in Cuba. These events have been accompanied by interrogations, threats, seizures of work equipment, beatings, among other assaults. The aggressors have been agents … Continue reading “Organizations Speak Out Concerning the Wave of Repression in Cuba / Artículo 19 and Cubalex”

Nine Activists of the San Isidro Movement, on Hunger Strike for the Freedom of Denis Soli­s

14ymedio, Havana, 18 November 2020 — A total of nine people, including artists, activists and independent journalists, have been on hunger strike since Wednesday afternoon at the headquarters of the San Isidro Movement (MSI) in Havana to demand the freedom of Denis Solís. The strikers are Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara, Esteban Rodríguez, Maykel Castillo, Humberto Mena, … Continue reading “Nine Activists of the San Isidro Movement, on Hunger Strike for the Freedom of Denis Soli­s”