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    Prison Diary XXII Maximum Security and Minimum Decency

    Prison Diary XXII: Maximum Security and Minimum Decency / Angel Santiesteban
    Posted on May 31, 2013

    Some days ago I was told that I had been “revoked” to a maximum security
    prison for six months for the hunger strike I undertook. They are so
    predictable I could not help smiling. But it has been nothing more than
    a justification to punish me and keep me away from the phone in a
    further attempt to reduce the regularity of the posts I write for my
    blog, The Children Nobody Wanted.

    Since I’ve been here I haven’t gone to the dining room, for the benefit
    it represents for me to spend time in my cell, allowing me to write,
    read, and also avoid losing this in search of food you can not eat.

    One prisoner told me that perhaps the conversation I had with the Prison
    Director had been a provocation for me to declare a hunger strike again,
    to land me in solitary confinement and to put an end to my public
    demands. They want to silence me to prevent me from giving my opinions
    about May 1st and their report to the Human Rights Council in Geneva,

    Once again, the government of the Castro brothers, violates the rights
    of a Cuban with their usual cynicism, using another lie to commit a new
    injustice, as I had been informed that he was not revoked because the
    transfer from La Lima Prison to 1580 Prison was not because of a
    discipline infraction, and this is what they also told my family on
    Saturday April 13.

    Now I am, for those who still defend the dictatorship, in a maximum
    security prison, instead of the promised hospital where they would give
    me a “check up.” Lie after lie.

    Worst of all is that they have emerged, again, unharmed before the Human
    Rights Council, precisely on the issue of prisons in Cuba, where they
    commit so many abuses and violate the rights of prisoners with impunity.

    The Council and the world must prevent the Cuban government from
    continuing to mock the United Nations.

    We Cuban Prisoners ask each fair and decent citizen take a minute of
    your life and protest the abuses that occur in Cuban jails.

    Ángel Santiesteban-Prats
    1580 Prison, May 2013
    Havana, Cuba

    30 May 2013

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