Laritza Diversent, the Cuban Lawyer who met with Obama / Cubanet, Manuel Guerra Perez

Laritza Diversent independent lawyer (Internet photo)

Laritza Diversent independent lawyer (Internet photo)

cubanet square logoCubanet, Manual Guerra Perez, Havana, 30 April 2015 — Laritza Diversent is a lawyer and director of the Cubalx Center of Legal Information, an independent office that has offered free legal advice since 2010. She graduated from the University of Havana in Law (2008), she is married and has a 16-year-old son.

What exactly is Cubalex and for what purpose did this project come about?

Cubalex is an office that specializes in human rights issues, focusing on national law and the conventions of international laws, which Cuba supposedly relies on. We try to document violations of Human Rights, but our core business is to provide free legal advice to citizens.

The legal advice is for citizens who are ignorant of the law with regards to disparate issues, topics as diverse as housing, criminal, immigration procedures, in short, the varied issues we face daily. Always in legal terms.

Do you collaborate with lawyers from the collective law firms to represent your clients? Who makes up Cubalex?

Our organization is composed of several lawyers, human rights activists, a medical assistant, paralegal and secretary, here in Havana. We also have offices in Camagüey, Granma and Las Tunas. We received requests from the Isle of Youth and to the East, from Baracoa for example. Continue reading

The Documentary “Worm” Goes Undercover on the Island / Manuel Guerra Perez

In digital format and DVD media, it is alarming part of the population that says it is unaware of the siege of the dissidents.

HAVANA, Cuba – The documentary “Gusano” (Worm), produced by Estado de Sats, is being shared hand-to-hand on DVD and digitally and has generated many reactions among people who are not dissidents – at least openly – in the capital.

The documentary is about the acts of repudiation in Cuba and mainly what happened last December 10-11 outside the Estado de Sats (State of Sats) site, where an event was being held: the First International Meeting on the United Nations Human Rights Covenants. The video has been shared with dissimilar people across the capital regardless of their political persuasion.

The audiovisual shows how the residence of Antonio Rodiles, director of the independent project, is besieged in an act of repudiation organized by the government, where the Ministry of Education (children and adolescents) participates, along with the Ministry of Culture, the Young Communist Union, the National Revolutionary Police and agents from the Department of State Security, all with the aim of neutralizing the event. In the film we see Rodiles being beaten and the arrests of other participants in the independent meeting held by the Cuban dissidence.

“The documentary has been taken to the streets to denounce the government, and show abuses and violations of international rules committed, like using children for repressive acts,” said Ailer Gonzales, Rodiles’s wife and one of the organizers. In the street, Cubanet collected some opinions:

“I didn’t know that this happened in this country, I still don’t understand it,” said Erick Chirino, 24.

“The repression used to block this activity is typical of a dictatorship,” said Yordanis Barceló Silva, 36.

State of Sats is an independent project where artists and dissident thinkers come together on the island, and has been repeatedly besieged by the State Security (the political police). The headquarters is located in the town of Playa in the Cuban capital.

Cubanet, 4 March 2014, Manuel Guerra Pérez