Fears Are Justified as Cuba’s New Penal Code Takes Effect

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 30 November 2022 — There are at least three ways to analyze Cuba’s new Penal Code that comes into force this first of December. The first is paralyzing and ends in the acceptance of the idea that everything a citizen does that deviates one millimeter from what is convenient for the … Continue reading “Fears Are Justified as Cuba’s New Penal Code Takes Effect”

Decrease of Protests in Cuba Coincides with Approval of the New Penal Code

EFE (via 14ymedio), Miami, 2 June 2022 — Cuba registered 185 public protests in May, 108 less than in the previous month, according to the report of the Cuban Observatory of Conflicts (OCC) released this Wednesday. The report ties this “decrease” with the entry into force of the Island’s new Penal Code, with its “greater … Continue reading “Decrease of Protests in Cuba Coincides with Approval of the New Penal Code”

Cuba’s New Penal Code Maintains the Right to Kill

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 31 January 2022 — The death penalty, by firing squad, appears as one of the applicable sanctions in 28 articles of Cuba’s new Penal Code, still pending approval. Also included among the main sanctions are deprivation of liberty, correctional work with and without internment, home confinement, service for the benefit of … Continue reading “Cuba’s New Penal Code Maintains the Right to Kill”

IAPA Asks for Suspension of New Cuban Penal Code Which Punishes Press Freedom

14ymedio, Madrid, 2 November 2022 — The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) denounced the “systematic repression of the independent press in Cuba”, in a resolution published during its 78th General Assembly in Madrid from 27 to 30 October. The document exposes the “incessant harassment” by the Cuban government of anyone who defends freedom of the … Continue reading “IAPA Asks for Suspension of New Cuban Penal Code Which Punishes Press Freedom”

‘Yo Si Te Creo’ Denounces Two New Femicides in Cuba

EFE/14ymedio, Havana | 1 February 2021 — The independent feminist collective Yo Sí Te Creo [Yes I Believe You] in Cuba lamented, this Wednesday, a new femicide on the island and once again called for “effective mechanisms to prevent gender violence.” In the absence of official statistics on sexist murders, the platform posted on Twitter that … Continue reading “‘Yo Si Te Creo’ Denounces Two New Femicides in Cuba”

The First Decrees of the New Cuba

14ymedio, Ariel Hidalgo, Miami, 9 November 2022 — With the increasingly profound crisis of popular representation in the Cuban dictatorship and a government about to collapse, there will come a time when a power vacuum requires the constitution of a Civic Board composed of people who have earned the respect of the population in their … Continue reading “The First Decrees of the New Cuba”

The Yes and No Vote on Cuba’s Family Code, Keys to a Referendum with Victory and Punishment

14ymedio, Yoani Sánchez, Havana, 27 September 2022 — María Julia, a 67-year-old from Camagüey, never read the full text of the Family Code put to a referendum this Sunday in Cuba, but she voted Yes because in the nucleus of the Communist Party of which she is a member called to “support the Revolution and … Continue reading “The Yes and No Vote on Cuba’s Family Code, Keys to a Referendum with Victory and Punishment”

Cuba: Are You Voting on the Family Code?

14ymedio, Havana, 22 September 2022 — The Cuban government has called on the population to vote yes in the referendum on the Family Code held this Sunday. Far from the monolithic opinion that has been imposed in the official discourse — and maybe in private — voting is like a Russian doll for those who … Continue reading “Cuba: Are You Voting on the Family Code?”

Cuba: The Power Behind the Penal Code

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 20 May 2022 — The recently approved Penal Code punishes with sentences of up to ten years the citizen “who arbitrarily exercises any right or freedom recognized in the Constitution of the Republic” if that exercise has as its purpose “to change, totally or partially, the Constitution of the Republic or … Continue reading “Cuba: The Power Behind the Penal Code”

Press Association Compares Cuban Penal Code to ‘Absolutist Privileges, Typical of Monarchies’

14ymedio, Havana, 18 May 2022 — The Inter-American Press Association (IAPA) has been forceful in criticizing the Cuban Penal Code  approved last Sunday in an extraordinary session, and has insisted that it returns the Island to “dark ages, when officials distanced themselves from the people through abuses and privileges.” In a statement made public this Wednesday, … Continue reading “Press Association Compares Cuban Penal Code to ‘Absolutist Privileges, Typical of Monarchies’”

Cuba: A Penal Code to Bind Us All

14ymedio, Yoani Sánchez, Generation Y, Havana, 17 May 2022 — The new Cuban Penal Code, recently approved by the National Assembly and which will enter into force in the coming days, is a detailed compendium of the main fears of the ruling party. Like any authoritarian model, the island’s regime is forced to break down each prohibition … Continue reading “Cuba: A Penal Code to Bind Us All”

Cuban Parliament Approves a Criminal Code which Prohibits External Support for Independent Press

EFE (via 14ymedio), Havana, 15 May 2022 — On Sunday, Cuba’s National Assembly of the People’s Power (ANPP) approved, in an extraordinary session, Cuba’s new Criminal Code, which includes penalties of up to three years for those who insult senior public officials and prohibits foreign financing for media outlets. The delegates approved the project in … Continue reading “Cuban Parliament Approves a Criminal Code which Prohibits External Support for Independent Press”

Criminal Code Project Will Provide Tools for the Cuban Regime to Legalize Arbitrariness

14ymedio, Madrid, 23 March 2022 — If, as predicted, the draft of Cuba’s new Criminal Code is approved as is, independent activists and journalists will be “extremely exposed” to the arbitrariness of State Security. That point is stressed in a report published by the Observatorio Legislativo de Cuba [Cuba’s Legislative Observatory], an initiative of the Demo Amlat … Continue reading “Criminal Code Project Will Provide Tools for the Cuban Regime to Legalize Arbitrariness”

Instigating a Crime in the Draft Cuban Criminal Code / Cubalex

Cubalex, Laritza Diversent, 11 March 2022 — Instigating a crime is a crime against public order which appears in Article 202 of the Island’s current Criminal Code. However, this would undergo notable changes, according to the draft of the new Criminal Code, which will go into effect in April 2022, after approval by the delegates … Continue reading “Instigating a Crime in the Draft Cuban Criminal Code / Cubalex”

Unanimous Submission on Cuba’s New Family Code from a Neighborhood Meeting in Ciego de Avila

14ymedio, Havana, 9 March 2022 — No one had read the new Family Code this Monday when the debate was held in a neighborhood south of Morón, in Ciego de Ávila, in anticipation of a referendum on a date yet to be determined. At the very least, sincerity reigned in the atmosphere at the beginning of … Continue reading “Unanimous Submission on Cuba’s New Family Code from a Neighborhood Meeting in Ciego de Avila”