A Year Without Justice: Patterns of State Violence Against July 11th (11J) Protesters / Cubalex

Cubalex, 7 July 2022 The following report presents issues related to the impact and implications of the protests which occurred in Cuba on July 11th, 2021 (11J). We analyze elements such as the factors which provoked 11J and the reasons for the massive street protests. As part of the observations of the state’s response, we … Continue reading “A Year Without Justice: Patterns of State Violence Against July 11th (11J) Protesters / Cubalex”

Laritza Diversent Petitions Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on Behalf of Cubans Detained on July 11 / Cubalex

Dear Commission Members: My name is Laritza Diversent. I am the director of Cubalex. Working in collaboration with the group Justicia 11J [11 July], we have recorded the detentions of 1,130 people since July 11, 572 of whom remain incarcerated. Several people who have been released report incidents of torture and mistreatment including beatings, verbal … Continue reading “Laritza Diversent Petitions Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on Behalf of Cubans Detained on July 11 / Cubalex”

Role of the Judges in the Proceedings Against the July 11 Demonstrators / Cubalex

Cubalex, 24 September 2021 — In our work of informing and advising Cuban citizens, we share this interview with our lawyer Julio Ferrer about the role of judges in the proceedings against the July 11 demonstrators. What is the function of a judge in the proceedings that are under investigation, with respect to the guarantees … Continue reading “Role of the Judges in the Proceedings Against the July 11 Demonstrators / Cubalex”

CUBALEX Answers Questions From Our Users About the Events and Repression After July 11th / Cubalex

Cubalex, 6 September 2021 Why shouldn’t the July 11 protesters be prosecuted? The protesters of July 11 cannot be prosecuted for the crime of public disorder, or any other. Firstly, Article 56 (New Constitution of Cuba, 2019) provides that “the rights of assembly, demonstration, and association, for lawful and peaceful purposes, are recognized by the … Continue reading “CUBALEX Answers Questions From Our Users About the Events and Repression After July 11th / Cubalex”

Cubalex’s Assessment of the Sentences Imposed Upon Luis Manuel Otero and Maykel Castillo / Cubalex

Cubalex, Giselle Camila Morfi, 24 June 2022 — The crimes of disrespecting national symbols, contempt, defamation of institutions and organizations, and heroes and martyrs, are not compatible with international human rights standards. These crimes are an assault on the freedom of expression recognized in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant … Continue reading “Cubalex’s Assessment of the Sentences Imposed Upon Luis Manuel Otero and Maykel Castillo / Cubalex”

Three Children Arrested During 11J (July 11th) Protests, Released After a Year of Imprisonment and Indoctrination

14ymedio, Havana, 29 June 2022 — The Cuban regime released three minors who had been arrested for participating in the 11J (11 July 2021) protests, and who were being held at the Comprehensive Training School in Matanzas, under the custody of the Ministry of the Interior. According to the organization Justicia11J , Eric Yoangel Héctor Plaza, … Continue reading “Three Children Arrested During 11J (July 11th) Protests, Released After a Year of Imprisonment and Indoctrination”

11J (July 11th) in Cuba: ’14ymedio’ Was Here and Will Stay Here

14ymedio, Havana, 11 July 2022 — That July 11, the 14ymedio reporters were in the streets of Havana and Santiago de Cuba, anonymously, like almost all Cubans who went out that day to demonstrate peacefully. They were unable to immediately transmit the photos and videos they had collected. That same day and for the next three, the state telecommunications monopoly Etecsa cut off … Continue reading “11J (July 11th) in Cuba: ’14ymedio’ Was Here and Will Stay Here”

Considerations on Cuba of the Committee Against Torture / Cubalex

Cubalex, 22 April 2022 — A Transcription of a Presentation by Sébastien Touze before the United Nations Committee Against Torture. Confidence in the national police has declined, you might agree with me, you have not denied it since the events of July 2021. This episode of demonstrations offered an alarming vision, as there were a large … Continue reading “Considerations on Cuba of the Committee Against Torture / Cubalex”

Mother of July 11th Protestor in Cuba Explodes During the Appeal: ‘We’re Tired of Holding On’

14ymedio, Havana, 25 May 2022 — The patience of María Luisa Fleita Bravo, mother of Rolando Vásquez Fleita, one of the detainees from the Havana neighborhood of La Güinera for the demonstrations of July 12*, was exhausted last Monday. That day, at the appeal trial for her son’s 21-year prison sentence for sedition, the desperate woman … Continue reading “Mother of July 11th Protestor in Cuba Explodes During the Appeal: ‘We’re Tired of Holding On’”

Cuban Rafter Who Fled a Conviction for July 11th (11J) Protests Must Show ‘Credible Fear’

14ymedio, Havana, 19 May 2022 — The 27-year-old Cuban Yariel Alfonso Puerta, who jumped into the sea last Friday along with his friend Alioski Quintero González and left the island to avoid a trial for his participation in the July 11 demonstrations in Matanzas, is on a US Coast Guard Cutter conducting his “credible fear” … Continue reading “Cuban Rafter Who Fled a Conviction for July 11th (11J) Protests Must Show ‘Credible Fear’”

Cuban Father Whose Minor Son was Convicted for July 11th is Silenced with Two Years in Prison

14ymedio, Havana, 29 May 2022 — Ángel Rolando Castillo Sánchez, father of Rowland Jesús Castillo, one of the minors in prison for his participation in the 11J (July 11th) protests at the corner of Toyo, Havana, was sentenced to two years in prison this Wednesday in an express trial, according to statements made on social … Continue reading “Cuban Father Whose Minor Son was Convicted for July 11th is Silenced with Two Years in Prison”

Appeals Do Not Reduce Sentences of Those Condemned for the July 11th (11J) Protests in Cuba

14ymedio, Havana, 13 May 2022 — The record kept by the independent associations Cubalex and Justicia 11J shows that the appeals of those convicted for the July 11th (11J) protests of last year are barely serving to modify the sentences. According to the list, to date 40 people have received a response to the review … Continue reading “Appeals Do Not Reduce Sentences of Those Condemned for the July 11th (11J) Protests in Cuba”

Cuban Rafter Who Fled From Prison Sentence for July 11th Protests Rescued by US

14ymedio, Madrid, 16 May 2022 — The 27-year-old Cuban Yariel Alfonso Puerta, who threw himself into the sea on Friday to avoid trial for his participation in the July 11 demonstrations in Matanzas, is in the custody of the Coast Guard, in Florida waters, along with his friend with whom he left the Island, Alioski … Continue reading “Cuban Rafter Who Fled From Prison Sentence for July 11th Protests Rescued by US”

Up to Nine Years in Prison for July 11th (11J) Protestors in Santiago de Cuba

14ymedio, Havana, 11 May 2022 — Four July 11th (11J) demonstrators in Santiago de Cuba have been sentenced to between nine and five years in prison, while a fifth, who was part of the same file, was released with a fine of 3,000 pesos. The trial was held five months ago and some of the defendants … Continue reading “Up to Nine Years in Prison for July 11th (11J) Protestors in Santiago de Cuba”

Cuba Strengthened its ‘Machinery to Control Freedom’ After the July 11th Protests, According to Amnesty International

EFE (via 14ymedio), London, 29 March 2022 — Cuba intensified “its machinery to control freedom of expression and assembly” during 2021, a year marked by the July 11th (11J) anti-government protests, Amnesty International (AI) denounced in its annual report on human rights. The London-based organization emphasized what it called “repression” during and after the demonstrations. … Continue reading “Cuba Strengthened its ‘Machinery to Control Freedom’ After the July 11th Protests, According to Amnesty International”