Cuba Archive

As the International Society for Human Rights (ISHR) reports, there were heavy protests against the Castro regime in front of  the convention center in the historic district of Havana last Sunday. Pedestrians and tourists showed their solidarity and mingled under the protesters until the police came and battered them  brutally and finally arrested six dissidents. "Instead of taking the legitimate demands for social justice and respect for human rights finally seriously, Raúl Castro again had silenced them violently", says ISHR.

Oswaldo Payá Sardiñas, one of the most important leaders of the Cuban democracy movement, died after a fatal car accident on Sunday, July 22. Payá’s family members have justified doubts on the official version about the car accident. Just three weeks ago, Payá has been involved into an accident, in which a car has crashed into the side of his own vehicle.

The Cuban opposition leader Oswaldo Paya Sardinas, winner of the Sakharov Prize of the European Parliament, died on July 22, 2012 at the age of 60 years under mysterious circumstances in a car accident. While Cuban authorities state, the driver of the car had lost control of the vehicle, Ofelia Acevedo, the wife of the deceased, fears that her husband's death was planned by the Cuban regime. Face to face with ISHR representatives Oswaldo Paya expressed recently that he felt threatened and couldn't exclude an attempt on his life.

Following recent news from Cuba about the use of intimidation, violence and temporary detentions by Cuban government against the "Damas de Blanco" nine NGO demonstrate in a statement respect, support and admiration for their non-violent protests and ask for even greater support and recognition for this civil group in particular.

The abbriviated report of the Consejo de Relatores de Derechos Humanos de Cuba (CRDHC) - The Cuban Council of Human Rights Reporters (CCHRC) contains following parts: prison conditions, political repression against the peaceful opposition, economic repression, freedom of worship and religion and recommendations to the Cuban government.

The last months were full of movement in an else wise lethargic Cuban political everyday life between state propaganda and an economy of scarcity. The hunger striking Orlando Zapata Tamayo’s death in February, the following hunger strike of the oppositional journalist Guillermo Farinas, the release of until now 28 political prisoners and the reappearance of Fidel Castro did create a new political situation. In this process two of the most moulded dissidents divine explicit signs for a weakening of the dictatorship. Both hope for the beginning of the Castro regime's end.

When talking about the Castro brothers’ regime in Cuba, it is common to hear not only about the results attained in education or sports, but also on the so-called "achievements" of the country in public health. What is the truth on this matter?

Cuba: Death in Prison

After a 38 day-hunger strike in a prison in Santa Clara, Cuba, a prisoner has died, spurring human rights groups to call for change in the prison regime system of the country. The International Society for Human Rights (ISHR) reported that the victim Roberto Antonio Rivalta began the hunger strike in protest against his arbitrary arrest without a trial. He was accused by the authorities of theft, but Rivalta denied all the accusations and assured his innocence until his death. He was only 46 years old. His sister stated that her brother was persistent in requesting a trial where he expected to be absolved of the accusations because there was no evidence against him. She believed her brother was only held in prison because the authorities did not want to admit that they had accused the wrong person.

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Cuba: Three Kings Day: Castro Arrests 80 People for Fear of Protests

On the occasion of the Three Kings Day (Día de los Reyes Magos) the Cuban authorities arrested civil rights activists and their children. The International Society for Human Rights (ISHR) reports all in all about 80 people where arrested. ISHR explains that in Cuba, Three Kings Day has a similar significance as Christmas, because Cubans exchange gifts on this day. The Cuban government mainly took strong action against civil rights activists in the East Cuban province, Santiago de Cuba, in order to inhibit festivities for fear of protest manifestations, says ISHR.
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NGOs petition EU to support the compliance of Human Rights principles in Cuba

On November 19th, 2012, during talks within the European Union about a common position towards the Republic of Cuba, the Europe-Cuba NGO Network released the following petition to the EU.

Cuban Human Rights Advocate Dr. Óscar Elías Biscet González Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize 2011

Freedom Now and the Lawton Foundation for Human Rights are pleased to announce the nomination of Dr. Óscar Elías Biscet González for the Nobel Peace Prize by the Prime Minister of Hungary, members of the Parliament of Canada, members of the United States Congress, members of the European Parliament, members of the British House of Lords, and a leading member of another government.
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Cuba refuses to issue visa for German MP Markus Meckel

The Cuban government has refused to issue a visa for Markus Meckel MP, Member of the Bundestag and Deputy Foreign Policy Spokesperson of the SPD Parliamentary Group. Meckel had planned to visit Cuba between July 5 and 12 and to meet with representatives of the government as well as of the pro-democracy opposition, churches and civil society. He has visited Cuba already in 2003. Since then he has been committed to raise issues of human rights, freedom and democracy in Cuba, repeatedly criticized the Cuban government for its repressive practices towards opposition and called for the release of all political prisoners.
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Europe - Cuba NGO Network's Response to the EU Council's new Conclusions on the Evaluation of the EU Common Position on Cuba

The Europe - Cuba NGO Network welcomes the EU Council's new conclusions on Cuba, due to the emphasis it placed on reaffirming the EU's commitment to prioritizing human rights; the release of political prisoners; and the relevance of the 1996 Common Position on Cuba. The full text of the EU Council's Foreign Relations, conclusions released after their meeting in Luxemburg on June 15th, 2009 represents a more clearly articulated position than the one from 2008.
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