Cuban Human Rights Group Denounces Threat to One of its Members

Strong police searches are often accompanied by arrests. (Convivencia)

14ymedio bigger14ymedio, Havana, 1 March 2018 — The Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) denounced, in its last report on repression on the Island, the case of one of its members, Amanda Durán Dalmau, “cited twice during the month of February, under the credible threat that she would be imprisoned if she did not give up her job. ”

The document counts 347 arbitrary detentions against activists carried out by the authorities during February, a “higher number than those recorded in the two previous months,” according to the latest report of the CCDHRN.

The independent organization also notes in its report “at least 20 manifest cases of harassment and outrages,” in addition to six physical aggressions by the political police against peaceful dissidents.

“Repression for political reasons and other abuses continues to be systemic,” says the report, which denounces the Government of Raúl Castro for having “institutionalized the violation of human rights” and not complying with “more than twenty of the thirty articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”

The continuation of a “discriminatory policy” against opponents who have been prevented from traveling abroad in the last month is also analyzed by the CCDHRN, which reports “half a dozen independent civil society activists” were not able to leave the Island because they were subject to an imposed travel ban.

During 2017, the authorities carried out at least 5,155 political arrests, according to the year-end report drafted previously by the CCDHRN.

The figure was the lowest since 2011, when the organization reported 4,123 arrests for political reasons, and also falls far short of the numbers for 2016, a year in which 9,940 arrests were recorded.


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