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    Amnesty report slams Cuba

    Amnesty report slams Cuba
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    3:06 PM Wednesday Jun 30, 2010

    Cuba uses repressive laws, a well-oiled state security apparatus and
    complicit courts to stifle political dissent as it harasses, spies on
    and imprisons those who openly oppose its communist system, Amnesty
    International said in a report released today.

    The 35-page analysis said… Continue reading

    Amnesty urges Cuba to end political repression

    Amnesty urges Cuba to end political repression
    By David Ariosto, CNN
    June 30, 2010 — Updated 1555 GMT (2355 HKT)

    * Amnesty says Cuban government has created "climate of fear"
    * Group says laws are so vague almost any dissent is illegal in some way
    * Prisoner transfers, releases seem to hint at policy change
    *… Continue reading

    Amnesty: Cuba courts complicit in stifling dissent

    Posted on Wednesday, 06.30.10

    Amnesty: Cuba courts complicit in stifling dissent
    By WILL WEISSERT
    Associated Press Writer

    HAVANA — Cuba uses repressive laws, a well-oiled state security
    apparatus and complicit courts to stifle political dissent as it
    harasses, spies on and imprisons those who openly oppose its communist
    system, Amnesty International said in a report released… Continue reading

    Health of Cuban hunger striker deteriorates

    Health of Cuban hunger striker deteriorates
    28 Jun 2010 21:59:35 GMT
    Source: Reuters
    * Hunger striker has several health problems
    * Death could bring new condemnation of Cuba
    * Cuba says doing everything possible to keep him alive

    By Esteban Israel

    HAVANA, June 28 (Reuters) – Cuban dissident Guillermo Farinas is getting
    weaker and his health… Continue reading

    Cuba: a story of horrible prison conditions

    Cuba: a story of horrible prison conditions
    Published on : 29 June 2010 – 3:54pm | By International Justice Desk (RNW)

    Cuban dissident Darsi Ferrer has been released from the Havana prison
    where he been held for almost a year. Cuban authorities conditionally
    released Ferrer after a visit from Vatican Foreign Minister Dominque
    Mamberti last week.… Continue reading

    Sunshine policy toward Cuba?

    CLAVER-CARONE:

    'Sunshine policy' toward Cuba?
    Similar wishful thinking failed to bring together the two Koreas
    By Mauricio Claver-Carone

    5:59 p.m., Monday, June 28, 2010

    North and South Korea are facing their gravest crisis since the end of
    the Korean War as South Korea threatens to retaliate against North Korea
    for sinking one of its warships. Forty-six… Continue reading

    Opening Cuba to travel a bailout for Castro

    Opening Cuba to travel a bailout for Castro
    12:00 AM 06/29/2010

    As the House Agriculture Committee prepares to vote Wednesday on a bill
    that would lift the travel ban on Cuba bolster the Castro regime with
    American tourism dollars, I remember the words of Alexander
    Solzhenitsyn, who wrote about the horrors of living in a Soviet… Continue reading

    Hope — and controversy — after dialogue with Church

    Posted on Tuesday, 06.29.10
    POLITICAL PRISONERS

    Hope — and controversy — after dialogue with Church

    The meetings between Catholic Church officials and Cuban leaders have
    produced mixed results.
    BY JUAN O. TAMAYO
    jtamayo@ElNuevoHerald.com

    Five weeks after Cuba's Raúl Castro and Catholic church leaders held
    unprecedented talks on political prisoners, the result has been some
    modest improvements,… Continue reading

    500 Cuban Dissidents Send Letter in Support of Sanctions Policy

    500 Cuban Dissidents Send Letter in Support of Sanctions Policy

    WASHINGTON, June 17 /PRNewswire/ — Today, nearly 500 pro-democracy
    leaders from within Cuba have sent a letter to the House Agriculture
    Committee in OPPOSITION to Chairman Collin Peterson's legislation, H.R.
    4645, which seeks to ease tourism-travel and trade sanctions towards the
    Castro regime.

    In the letter,… Continue reading

    More Cuban political prisoners put their lives on the line

    Posted on Tuesday, 06.15.10

    More Cuban political prisoners put their lives on the line
    At least five Cuban political prisoners are refusing food in a
    spontaneous trend triggered by the February death of a dissident.
    BY FRANCES ROBLES
    frobles@MiamiHerald.com

    Egberto Angel Escobedo completed his 17th year in a Cuban prison last
    Friday, and his 56th day… Continue reading

    Cuban hunger striker, now 110 pounds, hospitalized

    Posted on Friday, 06.18.10
    Cuban hunger striker, now 110 pounds, hospitalized

    The Cuban political prisoner who has been on a hunger strike since April
    16 was admitted to a Havana hospital Thursday, human rights activists in
    Miami said.

    Egberto Escobedo Morales was transferred from a Camagüey prison to the
    hospital at the Combinado del Este penitentiary… Continue reading

    Dissidents decry US bill to end Cuba travel ban

    Posted on Thursday, 06.17.10
    Dissidents decry US bill to end Cuba travel ban
    By WILL WEISSERT
    Associated Press Writer

    HAVANA — Five days after his release for health reasons, a former Cuban
    political prisoner added his name to a letter signed by nearly 500
    opposition activists decrying proposed legislation that would lift the
    U.S. travel ban… Continue reading

    US calls Cuban dissident release 'positive development'

    US calls Cuban dissident release 'positive development'
    Published on Thursday, June 24, 2010

    WASHINGTON, USA (AFP) — The United States on Wednesday called the
    release of jailed dissident physician Darsi Ferrer in Cuba a "positive
    development," and called on Havana to take more steps toward full
    respect of human rights.

    A physician-turned-opposition activist in 1999, Ferrer,… Continue reading

    Jailed Cuban dissident released to serve house arrest

    Jailed Cuban dissident released to serve house arrest
    By David Ariosto, CNN
    June 24, 2010 — Updated 0622 GMT (1422 HKT)

    * Darsi Ferrer to serve remainder of sentence under house arrest
    * Ferrer charged with illegally purchasing black-market cement for his
    house, activists tell CNN
    * Ferrer's release follows meeting between Cuban president, Vatican
    foreign… Continue reading

    Cuba frees 1 political prisoner, transfers 6 more

    Posted on Saturday, 06.12.10
    Cuba frees 1 political prisoner, transfers 6 more
    By FERNANDO GONZALEZ
    Associated Press Writer

    PEDRO BETANCOURT, Cuba — Cuba on Saturday freed a political prisoner
    who is confined to a wheelchair and began transferring six others to
    jails closer to their homes, part of a deal with the Roman Catholic
    Church and… Continue reading

    EU resists pressure to normalise with Cuba

    EU resists pressure to normalise with Cuba
    Published on Friday, June 11, 2010

    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AFP) — EU foreign ministers will agree on Monday to
    prolong Europe's insistence that Cuba make progress on human rights and
    democracy before ties are normalised, diplomats said.

    "There is no unanimity" within the 27 EU nations to alter the current… Continue reading

    Cuba blocks visit by UN torture investigator

    Cuba blocks visit by UN torture investigator
    Page last updated at 19:01 GMT, Wednesday, 9 June 2010 20:01 UK

    Relatives of dissident prisoners protest Human rights groups had hailed
    the invitation as a breakthrough

    Cuba has told the UN special rapporteur on torture he cannot visit the
    island, despite an invitation issued last year.

    The UN… Continue reading

    What does Cuba really want?

    Posted on Tuesday, 06.08.10
    What does Cuba really want?
    OUR OPINION: Another round of harassment of dissidents

    Once again Cuba's 51-year-old regime gives with one hand and takes away
    with another — even as the European Union is poised to discuss the
    potential for strengthening economic ties with the communist island.

    After the Cuban dictatorship, under… Continue reading

    37 arrested in Cuba crackdown

    Posted on Saturday, 06.05.10
    37 arrested in Cuba crackdown
    Two major Cuban dissident groups have been raided in Havana in the past
    two days and 37 members were arrested, group leaders said.
    BY JUAN CARLOS CHAVEZ
    jcchavez@ElNuevoHerald.com

    The Cuban government harassed and detained dozens of opponents in the
    past two days, signaling a new wave of… Continue reading

    Small But Important Victory For Political Prisoners in Cuba

    Small But Important Victory For Political Prisoners in Cuba
    posted by: Natasha G. 15 hours ago

    The Cuban government agreed to move political prisoners closer to their
    homes, after much pressure by human rights groups and the Catholic
    Church as well as a hunger strike by journalist Guillermo Fariñas.
    Increased pressure started after activist Orlando Zapata… Continue reading

    Cuba 'moves political prisoners closer to their homes'

    Page last updated at 7:31 GMT, Wednesday, 2 June 2010 8:31 UK

    Cuba 'moves political prisoners closer to their homes'

    Cuba has begun transferring several of the country's 200 political
    prisoners to jails closer to their homes, according to relatives and
    campaigners.

    Human rights activist Elizardo Sanchez said the relocation of dissidents
    had begun, while the… Continue reading