14ymedio, 5 October 2016 — The Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) reported Wednesday that, during the month of September, there were at least 570 arbitrary arrests for political reasons, more than the 517 similar arrests of the previous month.
The monthly report of the independent organization, headed by activist Elizardo Sanchez, places special emphasis on the police assault suffered by “the independent law firm Cubalex, an office that has provided free legal assistance to countless people in need of legal protection.” Julio Alfredo Ferrer, one of the workers of the center, remained in a high security prison at the time the report was written.
The text also recalls that the Ladies in White continue to be the group most affected by this type of repression, as systematically reflected in reports of recent years.
Two vice president of the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation have been affected by the arbitrariness of State Security, as denounced by the center. Arturo Guillen Acosta was prevented from traveling to an international conference on human rights in South Africa, and documentation brought from a conference in Medellin, Colombia by Juan del Pilar Goberna was photocopied in the José Martí International Airport in Havana.