The Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) reported that this Wednesday, 29 January, late in the morning, they met with Costa Rican diplomats, one of whom was a part of that country’s official delegation to the Second Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).
The meeting took place at the Costa Rican Embassy in Cuba and representing Costa Rica were Señora Ingrid Picado Monge, Ceremonial Head of State, and his Excellency Señor Don Hubert Mendez Acosta, Costa Rican Ambassador. For CCDHRN, attendees were Kirenia Yalit Nuñez, Information Officer, and CCDHRN Spokesman, Elizardo Sánchez.
The Costa Rican diplomats took notes and assured they would report to the President of the Delegation of their country to the CELAC Summit.
CCDHRN members prepared a report about the unfavorable situation in Cuba with regards to civil and political rights, as a context in which the Summit is taking place, and we expressed our hope that the Cuban government will accept, in a climate of inter-American cooperation, the need to adopt and respect international standards, particularly in the areas of civil, political, economic and cultural rights.
At the time of the meeting at the Costa Rican site, at least 16 peaceful Cuban dissidents remained jailed because of the CELAC Summit, and at least 8 were under house arrest.
The Cuban Commission on Human Rights supports the request made to the Cuban authorities by Mr. Ban Ki Moon, Secretary General of the UN, about the need for the government of Cuba to ratify the Covenants on Civil and Political Rights and Social and Cultural Rights, which they signed six years ago. It is hoped that the government, in addition to ratifying the agreements, guarantees unrestricted and unreserved compliance with them.
The CCDHRN asked for meetings with several delegations attending the CELAC Summit, through their respective embassies in Cuba. Only the Republic of Costa Rica responded positively.
CubaNet | 29 January 2014
Yesterday opposition leader Manuel Cuesta Morúa member of the Progressive Arc Party and organizer in Cuba of the 2nd Democratic Forum on International Relations and Human Rights (parallel to CELAC) was detained and held at the 7th Police Station in La Lisa the outskirts of the Cuban capital.
The news came through the opponent and Cubanet columnist Juan Antonio Madrazo Luna, who confirmed the facts earlier today .
This arrest is part of the crackdown of State Security (the secret police) in the environment of the Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, which takes place in Havana starting today with the presence of delegations from 33 member countries.
The whereabouts of Cuesta Morua, an attorney with the independent Legal Information Center (Cubalex), are now unknown.
This morning a measure was also signed by the attorneys Yaremis Flores, Laritza Diversent and Barbara Estrabao Bichili, who demand attention to the disappearance of independent counsel Veizant Boloy in the area of the CELAC Summit.
“He phoned at 7:05 in the morning when he left his house and headed to the Cubalex office located at 169 Lindero on the corner of Angeles, in, El Calvario, Arroyo Naranjo. About 700 yards from his home, he was approached by at least three cars, 4 State Security agents on motorcycles, and a police patrol, number 572. He remained in communication with members of the office while under persecution from the agents . At 12 noon (Monday) he communicated that he was at the Czech Embassy for his turn to connect to the internet and had been escorted by two motorized patrol agents and patrol 572. Since then his whereabouts are unknown.”
Cubanet, 28 January 2014
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The Democracy Bridge Program of the Center for the Opening and Development of Latin America (CADAL) and internal dissidents activists have organized the Second Democratic Forum on International Relations and Human Rights, which they are planning to coincide in Havana with the Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).
The Summit will be held on 28 and 29 January, with the presence of regional leaders.
The Forum, scheduled for the first day, the theme will be: “A special declaration in defense of the democracy of CELAC and its incompatibility with the one-party political system in Cuba.” The Forum will be co-sponsored by CADAL, headquartered in Argentina, and the opposition Progressive Arch and independent projects Citizens Committee for Racial Integration and New Country.
So far, planning to participate area Gabriel Salvia, director of CADAL; opponents Morúa Manuel Cuesta from the Progressive Arch; Jose Daniel Ferrer, and Guillermo Fariñas, from the Patriotic Union of Cuba, and Berta Soler, leader of the Ladies in White; Juan Antonio Madrazo and Leonardo Calvo, from the Citizens Committee for Racial Integration; the bloggers Yoani Sanchez and Lilian Ruiz; and Baptist pastor Mario Felix Lleonart .
Also planning to participate are: Librado Linares (Cuban Reflection Movement); Veizant Boloy ( Cubalex); Jorge Olivera Castillo and Victor Dominguez (Writers Club); Lilvio Fernández (Cuba United Active Youth); Frank Correa (writer), Fernando Palacios Mogar (Cuban National Liberal Party); Rogelio Sánchez and Fernando Travieso (Democratic Solidarity Party); Wilfredo Vallin (Association of Cuban Jurists); Rafael León (Cuban Democratic Project); and independent journalists Reinaldo Escobar and Julio Aleaga Pesant.
The First Democratic Forum on International Relations and Human Rights was held in Santiago, Chile, on January 24, 2013, prior to the CELAC-EU Summit.
16 January 2013
HAVANA, Cuba January 15 of 2014 , Yoel Espinosa Medrano / www.cubanet.org.- An illegal eviction of several families took case with the storming of a tenement, took place Wednesday morning in Vedado, Havana.
Several dozen police supported by two patrol cars that closed the street to vehicular and pedestrian traffic on 17th Street, between L and M, Vedado. A brigade of workers from the Housing agency put the belongings of the residents in two trucks parked in the street.
Two men and two women were arrested for confronting the police.
According to residents of the area, months ago the former tenants were evacuated to other places by the Housing due to the imminent danger of collapse of the tenement.
One lady said the occupants had received several notices to leave the tenement.
As of this time there is still a military deployment at the building.
Yoel Espinosa Medrano, Cubanet, 15 January 2014
When asked, “Why do you sell bread,” they said their parents are paid very low wages so they can not afford to buy them what they need: clothes, shoes , food, and other necessities. They explained that after returning from school they go to the bakeries which supply the bread (on the black market) below the State price, for them to sell on the streets.
They say they can’t spend as much time studying as they want, but they sell bread to get what they need, and don’t commit crimes like other children they know.
The children say they often have to hide from the police, because this type of sale is illegal, in the first place because they are minors.
Children often say that they have to hide from the police , because this type of sale is illegal in the first place because they are minors. One of these children, named Pedro and known by the nickname “El Ñao,” explained that many times they are cheated by adults who don’t pay them or who withhold some of the money they should pay.
The business consists of buying 30 bread rolls, 60 grams each, for 15 Cuban pesos, and selling them for a peso each.
Cubanet | 9 January 2014