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    The Cuban Regime Brings Back the Weapon of Fear

    The Cuban Regime Brings Back the Weapon of Fear / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 7 September 2016 — In the autumn of 2002 at an event in a Havana theater, the dictator Fidel Castro sent a clear message to independent journalists and regime opponents in an effort to downplay their importance. Referring to dissidents, he […] Continue reading

    In Castroism, Those Who Deviate From the Script Are Adversaries

    In Castroism, Those Who Deviate From the Script Are Adversaries / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 1 September 2016 — While certain groups and people on the island try to distance themselves from the openly anti-Castro dissidence, however they can, they will always be marked with a scarlet letter by the Department of State Security and […] Continue reading

    55 years of dogma

    55 years of dogma HILDEBRANDO CHAVIANO MONTES | La Habana | 9 Dic 2015 – 5:34 pm. Cuba is one of the countries holding the most celebrations every year. As part of its mission to create another history, in our country even debacles are celebrated as if they were victories, and the founding of different […] Continue reading

    Press Workshop with Raul Rivero

    Press Workshop with Raul Rivero / Ivan Garcia Posted on November 23, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 23 November 2015 — On these hot nights in Havana, when nostalgia, that silent thief that robs you of strength, strikes without warning, Raúl Rivero, the poet, sneaks through my window and offers me a workshop specifically on the latest […] Continue reading

    3,522 Pardoned in order to Cover Up Cuba’s Sad Reality

    3,522 Pardoned in order to Cover Up Cuba’s Sad Reality / 14ymedio, Marlene Azor Hernandez Posted on September 20, 2015 14ymedio, Marlene Azor Hernandez, Mexico City, 18 September 2015 – The pardon of 3,522 ordinary prisoners in Cuba is excellent news, above all for their relatives. At the beginning of July something similar occurred when […] Continue reading

    Cuba: Human Rights at a glance

    Cuba: Human Rights at a glance 17 September 2015, 07:33 UTC Short-term arbitrary detention Peaceful demonstrators and human rights activists are routinely detained for exercising their rights to freedom of expression, association, assembly and movement. Activists are often detained to stop them from attending public demonstrations or private meetings. Independent journalists reporting on these detentions […] Continue reading

    Obama’s new policy toward Cuba could mark the end of the olive-green autocracy

    Obama’s new policy toward Cuba could mark the end of the olive-green autocracy / Ivan Garcia Posted on January 7, 2015 I understand the discontent of an important sector of Cubans in exile and within the internal dissidence. On 17 November, just one month before the momentous diplomatic turn of events between Cuba and the […] Continue reading

    Cuba’s 14ymedio Journalists Spend Two hours With the New York Times’ Ernesto Londoño

    Cuba’s 14ymedio Journalists Spend Two hours With the New York Times’ Ernesto Londoño Posted: 12/06/2014 4:24 am EST 14ymedio, 1 December 2014 — Ernesto Londoño, who authored six editorials on Cuba published recently by The New York Times engaged in a friendly conversation on Saturday with a part of the 14ymedio team, in the hotel […] Continue reading

    The Need for Light

    The Need for Light / Lilianne Ruiz Lilianne Ruiz, Translator: Unstated "Declaration of the Minister of Foreign Affairs." The article accuses the U.S. Interests Section in Havana of fabricating an opposition movement against Cuba's legitimate government, creating dissidents, and trying to provoke "regime change." For the first time I feel like a target of attack […] Continue reading

    Justice

    Justice / Rafael León Rodríguez Rafael León Rodríguez, Translator: Unstated Elias Carranza. From adelante.cu Dr. Elias Carranza, Director of the United Nations Latin American Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders, shocked us when he said that Cuba is the safest country in the region, during his Keynote Address at the […] Continue reading

    Strange “Estrangement” of the Foreign Press in Cuba / Miriam Celaya

    Strange "Estrangement" of the Foreign Press in Cuba / Miriam CelayaMiriam Celaya, Translator: Norma Whiting An article by a foreign news agency recently reported on the Internet, "Cuban Dissidents at a Crossroads"by Paul Haven and Andrea Rodríguez of the Associated Press, suffers from, at least, two of the most common and serious limitations of accredited […] Continue reading

    After the Black Spring, Cuba’s new repression

    After the Black Spring, Cuba's new repression When the last of 29 journalists jailed in a notorious 2003 crackdown was finally freed this year, it signaled to many the end of a dark era. But Cuban authorities are still persecuting independent journalists through arbitrary arrests, beatings, and intimidation. A CPJ special report by Karen PhillipsPublished […] Continue reading

    Cuba: Freedom on the Net 2011 – Freedom House

    FREEDOM HOUSE Freedom on the Net 2011 CUBA 2009 2011INTERNET FREEDOM STATUS Not Free Not FreeObstacles to Access 25 24Limits on Content 30 30Violations of User Rights 33 33Total 88 87 POPULATION: 11.3 millionINTERNET PENETRATION: 1 percentWEB 2.0 APPLICATIONS BLOCKED: YesSUBSTANTIAL POLITICAL CENSORSHIP: YesBLOGGERS/ONLINE USERS ARRESTED: YesPRESS FREEDOM STATUS: Not Free INTRODUCTION Despite a slight […] Continue reading

    Does last Black Spring journalist’s release mark turning point for free expression?

    Does last Black Spring journalist's release mark turning point for free expression?Published on Monday 7 March 2011. The last journalist detained since the March 2003 "Black Spring" crackdown, Pedro Argüelles Morán, was released from a prison in Ciego de Ávila, his home town, on the evening of 4 March and was reunited with his family, […] Continue reading

    DECLARATION OF SANTIAGO

    DECLARATION OF SANTIAGO03-03-2011.Concilio Cubano(www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- The Cuban people live in very difficult times. However, this is not news. For more than fifty years we have witnessed increasing poverty and the ongoing violation of our hum... Continue reading

    What Cuba’s dissidents want

    What Cuba's dissidents want27/07 20:16 CETHuman Rights On July 13, seven freed Cuban dissidents arrived at Madrid airport in Spain. They were part of a group of 75 people who were given long prison sentences in a crackdown in early 2003. Their release followed negotiations between the Cuban Catholic church and Raúl Castro. The Cuban […] Continue reading

    Cuban Government Continues to Stifle Dissent, Despite Assertions that Freedom of Expression is Respected, Says New Amnesty International Report

    Cuban Government Continues to Stifle Dissent, Despite Assertions that Freedom of Expression is Respected, Says New Amnesty International Report June 30, 2010 Cuba's government continues to stifle dissent through arbitrary arrests, surveillance, intimidation and harassment of journalists, dissidents and activists, despite recent assertions that freedom of expression is respected inside Cuba, Amnesty International said in […] Continue reading

    Restrictions to freedom of expression create climate of fear in Cuba

    Restrictions to freedom of expression create climate of fear in Cuba30 June 2010 Full report:http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/AMR25/005/2010/en/62b9caf8-8407-4a08-90bb-b5e8339634fe/amr250052010en.pdf Cuba's repressive legal system has created a climate of fear among journalists, dissidents and activists, putting them at risk of arbitrary arrest and harassment by the authorities, Amnesty International said in a report released on Wednesday. The report Restrictions on […] Continue reading

    Freedom on the Net – Cuba

    CubaFreedom on the Net Status: Not FreeObstacles to Access: 25 (0–25)Limits on Content: 32 (0–35)Violations of User Rights: 33 (0–40)Total Score: 90 (0–100)Population: 11.2 millionInternet Users/Penetration 2006: 190 thousand / 2 percentInternet Users/Penetration 2008: 1.3 million / 11 percent (Note: includes users with access only to intranet)Mobile Phone Users/Penetration 2006: 152 thousandMobile Phone Users/Penetration 2008: […] Continue reading

    Cuba: Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review: Fourth session of the UPR Working Group of the Human Rights Council, February 2009 Amnsety International

    Document – Cuba: Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review: Fourthsession of the UPR Working Group of the Human Rights Council, February 2009 8 September 2008 Publicamnesty internationalCuba Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review Fourth session of the UPR Working Group of the Human Rights Council February 2009 Executive summary In this submission, Amnesty […] Continue reading

    ANNUAL REPORT OF THE IACHR 2007

    ANNUAL REPORT OF THE IACHR 2007CHAPTER IVCUBA I. COMPETENCE FOR OBSERVING AND EVALUATING THE HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATION IN CUBA 84. The authority of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to observe the human rights situation in Cuba derives from the provisions of the OAS Charter, from the Commission's own Statute, and from its Rules of […] Continue reading