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”

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”

Cuban State Security Continues to Harass the San Isidro Movement

14ymedio, Havana, 20 November 2020 — A police cordon around the headquarters of the San Isidro Movement, in Old Havana, has blocked pedestrians since since last Monday. State Security arrests anyone who tries to reach the place, where seven activists remain confined in protest of the sentence of eight months in prison for the rebellious rapper Denis Solís. … Continue reading “Cuban State Security Continues to Harass the San Isidro Movement”

Urgent: Cuban Police Detain the Rapper ‘El Osorbo’ and Violate His Rights / Cubalex

Cubalex, 5 August 2020– The rapper Maykel Castillo Perez, known as “El Osorbo,” was arrested on August 3rd in El Cristo Park, between Teniente Rey and Villagas in Havana Vieja. It happened around 11:00 at night when several plainclothes state officers, and also uniformed ones, took him in a patrol car to the police station … Continue reading “Urgent: Cuban Police Detain the Rapper ‘El Osorbo’ and Violate His Rights / Cubalex”

Government Officials Lash Out Against EFE’s Correspondent in Cuba

14ymedio, Havana, 31 July 2020 — The Spanish press agency EFE’s representative in Havana, Lorena Canto, was challenged on Twitter by two senior officials of Cuba’s Ministry of Foreign Relations in response to a tweet that referenced the “persecution” suffered this Thursday by several independent journalists. “Independent journalists in Cuba complain that, once again, authorities … Continue reading “Government Officials Lash Out Against EFE’s Correspondent in Cuba”

Police Operation in Havana Prevents Activists and Journalists from Leaving Their Homes

14ymedio, Havana, 30 July 2020 —  From the early morning hours on Thursday,  several activists and independent journalists began to denounce police operations around their homes. More than a dozen people have reported that members of the State Security are preventing them from going out, although the reason for this prohibition is, so far, unknown. Journalists … Continue reading “Police Operation in Havana Prevents Activists and Journalists from Leaving Their Homes”

Kcho and Other "Official" Artists Call for the Liberation of Luis Manuel Otero Alcantara

14ymedio, Havana, 9 March 2020 — The movement for the liberation of the artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara is growing every day and now includes ’official’ artist such as Alexis Leyva, Kcho, and Silvio Rodríguez. “Let’s stop this now, we don’t need it and Cuba’s future is not censorship,” Kcho writes in a comment posted on … Continue reading “Kcho and Other "Official" Artists Call for the Liberation of Luis Manuel Otero Alcantara”

Several Professors Denounce Political "Discrimination" in Cuban Universities

14ymedio, Havana, 30 August 2019 —  A group of university professors published an open letter to the Cuban Government on Thursday, in which they criticize the Vice Minister of Higher Education, Martha Mesa Valenciano, for her “open apology for discrimination” against those who do not share “the revolutionary politics” of the Communist Party. Initially signed by … Continue reading “Several Professors Denounce Political "Discrimination" in Cuban Universities”