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    Graffiti Artist ‘El Sexto’ Declares Hunger Strike After Six Days In Custody

    Graffiti Artist ‘El Sexto’ Declares Hunger Strike After Six Days In Custody / 14ymedio, Mario Penton & Abel Fernandez 14ymedio, Mario Penton & Abel Fernandez, Miami, 2 December 2016 – The Cuban artist Danilo Maldonado, known as ‘El Sexto’ (the Sixth), declared a hunger strike this Thursday, according to reports to this newspaper from his […] Continue reading

    El Sexto Will Resume His Hunger Strike Next Week If He Is Not Released

    El Sexto Will Resume His Hunger Strike Next Week If He Is Not Released / 14ymedio Posted on October 7, 2015 14ymedio, Havana, 7 October 2015 – The mother of Danilo Maldonado, El Sexto, has talked by phone with the artist, who reaffirmed his decision to resume his hunger strike if he is not released […] Continue reading

    “El Sexto,” on a Hunger Strike and in a Punishment Cell

    “El Sexto,” on a Hunger Strike and in a Punishment Cell / Cubanet, Camilo Ernesto Olivera Posted on September 18, 2015 The artist’s mother denounces her son’s treatment Cubanet.org, Camilo Ernesto Olivera Peidro, Havana, 17 September 2015 – Danilo Maldonado, “El Sexto,” is being held in a punishment cell, and his hunger strike continues. His […] Continue reading

    If it were up to them, they’d shoot me

    If it were up to them, they’d shoot me / Angel Santiesteban Posted on January 20, 2015 Warning: The regime in Havana has prepared a new legal trap for Ángel. As is already public knowledge, Ángel Santiesteban has been held in a military border patrol base in Jaimanitas since August 13. He was placed there […] Continue reading

    The Dictatorship’s Annoying Writer

    The Dictatorship’s Annoying Writer / Lilianne Ruiz Posted on March 8, 2014 HAVANA, Cuba. This past February 28, Reporters without Borders issued a statement attaching the second Open Letter from Angel Santiesteban to General-President of Cuba, Raul Castro, on exactly the day that the writer finished a year in jail. Santiesteban published the first letter, […] Continue reading

    Keep the human rights abusers off U.N. council

    Keep the human rights abusers off U.N. council By Editorial Board, Published: November 10 IN RECENT WEEKS, an imprisoned Cuban human rights activist and rapper, Angel Yunier Remón, known as “El Critico,” has been on a hunger strike against his incarceration, and is reported to be near death. An innovative artist with an underground following […] Continue reading

    Justice and Prayers for Angel Yunier Remon Arzuga

    Justice and Prayers for Angel Yunier Remon Arzuga #FreeElCritico / Angel Santiesteban Posted on November 6, 2013 Ángel Yunier Remon Arzuaga ’El Critico.’ Jailed since March 2013 for being a non-conformist rapper and an opponent of the Cuban dictatorship. In July he contracted cholera in prison. Jailed since March 2013 for being a non-conformist rapper […] Continue reading

    Cuba: 500 Detentions in February

    Cuba: 500 Detentions in February Rights group also says political prisoner died after hunger strike. By Camilo Ganga – Latin America 26 Mar 13 Two Cuban human rights groups that report on arbitrary arrests recorded an increase in politically-motivated detentions in February compared with the previous month. The Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National […] Continue reading

    Cuban activists talk about lack of basic freedoms, 10 years on from mass crackdown

    18 March 2013 Cuban activists talk about lack of basic freedoms, 10 years on from mass crackdown "The catalogue of repression and harassment suffered by José Daniel Ferrer García since his release illustrates the current strategy by the Cuban authorities under which activists are arrested for short periods of time to discourage them from speaking […] Continue reading

    Cuba: The Time to Fill the Jails Came Again

    Cuba: The Time to Fill the Jails Came Again / Ivan Garcia #Cuba Ivan Garcia, Translator: mlk Trying to analyze the strategy of the Castro brothers is an exercise in pure abstraction. Their way of moving tokens on the political board tends to go against logic. The incarceration of 75 dissidents ordered by Fidel Castro […] Continue reading

    The Solitude of the Desert

    The Solitude of the Desert / Angel Santiesteban Angel Santiesteban, Translator: Unstated Translator's note: This blog post does NOT relate to Angel's most recent arrest this week. It relates to a series of criminal charges the regime fabricated against him in order to be able to imprison him as a "criminal" rather than as a […] Continue reading

    Cuban Prisons: History Repeats Itself

    Cuban Prisons: History Repeats Itself / Iván García Iván García, Translator: Unstated One cold evening with a persistent drizzle, the poet and journalist Raul Rivero in his apartment in the Havana neighborhood of La Victoria, told me that the worst thing in prison was when it came time to sleep. Every night, while sleeping in […] Continue reading

    Who Are The Criminals in Cuba?

    Who Are The Criminals in Cuba? / Lilianne Ruíz Lilianne Ruíz, Translator: Unstated The faces of some who died in the 13 de Marzo Tugboat incident A friend called to ask me an important question about criminality in Cuba. Is Cuba a safe country with a crime rate lower than other countries in Latin America? […] Continue reading

    Declaration of Principles: We Who Are Born With No Horizon / Angel Santiesteban

    Declaration of Principles: We Who Are Born With No Horizon / Angel SantiestebanAngel Santiesteban, Translator: Unstated We were a generation they blindfolded at birth, telling us how we must think and postpone our dreams because, they told us, the light was blinding. Our mothers put up with injustice out of fear and to protect us […] Continue reading

    HRW – 2010 Cuba Report

    Cuba
    Events of 2009

    The change in government leadership in 2006-when Fidel Castro handed
    control to his brother Raul-has had little effect on Cuba's dismal human
    rights record. Cuba remains the one country in Latin America that
    represses virtually all forms of political dissent. The government
    continues to enforce political conformity using criminal prosecutions,
    long- and… Continue reading

    Darsi Ferrer, a Doctor, a Dissident, a Humanitarian Hero

    Dr. Darsi Ferrer, a Doctor, a Dissident, a Humanitarian Hero.

    My blog's readers know Dr. Darsi Ferrer, the Cuban independent doctor
    and peaceful dissident fighting against the regime, and its medical and
    tourist apartheid.
    Dr Darsi Ferrer challenged Mr. Michael Moore by showing the real
    healthcare, the one reserved to ordinary Cubans. He has been victim… Continue reading

    Double Standards on Latin America

    Double Standards on Latin America
    By Jackson Diehl
    Monday, July 13, 2009

    As the Obama administration and a host of Latin American governments
    campaigned to reverse the coup in Honduras, another democratically
    elected Latin leader embarked on a lonely effort to draw attention to
    the double standard that has lately governed violations of political and
    human… Continue reading

    Going online in Cuba – Internet under surveillance

    “I tested the Cuban Internet for you”
    Story of a freelance journalist’s trip to Cuba from 14 August to 13 September

    Foreign officials attending the Non-Aligned Movement’s summit in Havana from 11 to 16 September must have thought surfing the Internet in Cuba was as much fun as sipping a mojito on one of its white-sand… Continue reading

    Country Reports on Human Rights Practices 2005

    Cuba

    Country Reports on Human Rights Practices – 2005
    Released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
    March 8, 2006

    Cuba, with a population of 11 million, is a totalitarian state led by a
    president, Fidel Castro, whose regime controls all aspects of life
    through the Communist Party (CP) and its affiliated mass organizations,… Continue reading

    Cuba: Annual Survey of Violations of Trade Union Rights (2005)

    Cuba: Annual Survey of Violations of Trade Union Rights (2005)

    Population: 11,300,000 / Capital: Havana / ILO Core Conventions Ratified:
    29 – 87 – 98 – 100 – 105 – 111 – 138

    A number of union leaders sent to prison in 2003 remained there, and some
    endured very bad conditions. One of them was released… Continue reading