Cuban Human Rights Group Denounces The Death Of A Political Prisoner Pending Trial / 14ymedio

Hamel Santiago Maz Hernández had been in prison for eight months pending trial. (CCDHRN)

14ymedio bigger14ymedio, Havana, 7 March 2017 — The Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) has denounced the death of political prisoner Hamel Santiago Maz Hernández, an activist from UNPACU, who died* on February 24 at Combinado del Este prison in Havana. The opponent had been imprisoned for eight months without trial for the alleged offense of contempt.

The CCDHRN has released its report for the month of February in which it says that “there have been thousands of cases of Cubans killed in government custody,” a situation for which the authorities bear all the “moral and legal responsibility.” continue reading

The report includes the 482 arbitrary arrests of dissidents last month, a “slightly higher figure than in January.”

The CCDHRN also documented 16 cases of physical aggression and 18 of harassment, “by the secret political police and para-police agents,” with the victims being peaceful opponents, adds the report.

The report includes the 482 arbitrary detentions of dissidents last month, a “slightly higher figure than in January”

The text clarifies that, given “the closed nature of the regime that has ruled Cuba for almost 60 years,” it is “impossible to record the thousands of violations of fundamental rights” that occur throughout the island each month.

Nevertheless, it reports that the Ladies in White and the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) are once again the organizations most repressed. In the case of the women’s organization, they have been “subjected to humiliations and other abuses” over and over. For its part, 54 members of the UNPACU “are political prisoners, most of whom remain imprisoned without formal charges or pending trial.”

During 2016, the Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) documented 9,940 arbitrary detentions. This figure “places the Government of Cuba in the first place in all of Latin America,” according to the independent organization.

*Translator’s note: Cuban State Security informed his wife that he died of a heart attack.

Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation: August 2016 Report

See below for translation of bullet points.
See below for translation of bullet points.

In August of 2016, our Commission registered at least 517 arbitrary detentions, for political reasons, of peaceful Cuban opponents, which represents an increase from the previous month.

The figures associated with political repression in Cuba continue to be unacceptably high for a country with with a low level of political violence, except the systematic actions of terror and intimidate from the State.

In the month reported on there also occurred 24 physical aggressions and 8 acts of harassment on the part of the political secret police, which brought to 115 the number condemned for political reasons or conditions, 104 of which languished in the huge prison system of the Castros’ Cuba and 11 served sentences of house arrest.

The peaceful opponent Guillermo “Coco” Fariñas has already spent 45 days on hunger strike, without eating or drinking water, demanding that the government put an end to the politically violent repression, the seizing of the means of employment, and other forms of harassment against peaceful opponents. Fariñas’ demands are absolutely just.

The Ladies in White Movement continues to be a priority target for repression: during the last 68 Sundays and on other days of the week the police repression against them has been very notorious and they have suffered thousands and thousands of arbitrary detentions.

The full report, which is in Spanish but laid out in charts and graphs to make it clearly understandable, can be downloaded here.