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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

    Declaration from Cuba’s Independent Civil Society in Advance of Obama’s Visit to the Island

    Declaration from Cuba’s Independent Civil Society in Advance of Obama’s Visit to the Island Posted on March 20, 2016 Declaration from Cuba’s Independent Civil Society 19 March 2018 The March 20 to 22 visit [to Cuba] of Mr. Barack Obama, president of the United States, in the company of his wife, Mrs. Michelle Obama, closes […] 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

    Laritza Diversent, the Cuban Lawyer who met with Obama

    Laritza Diversent, the Cuban Lawyer who met with Obama / Cubanet, Manuel Guerra Perez Posted on May 28, 2015 Cubanet, Manual Guerra Perez, Havana, 30 April 2015 — Laritza Diversent is a lawyer and director of the Cubalx Center of Legal Information, an independent office that has offered free legal advice since 2010. She graduated […] Continue reading

    Forum for Rights and Freedoms, Declaration, VII Summit of the Americas

    Forum for Rights and Freedoms, Declaration, VII Summit of the Americas Posted on April 8, 2015 Forum for Rights and Freedoms: Declaration VII Summit of the Americas April 2015 Violations of fundamental rights in Cuba are enshrined in the current legal system. The full exercise of these fundamental rights is considered directly opposed to the […] Continue reading

    American Tourists Won’t Bring Democracy to Cuba

    American Tourists Won’t Bring Democracy to Cuba [02-02-2015 14:24:56] Jaime Suchlicki Director del Instituto de Estudios Cubanos y Cubano-Americanos de la Universidad de Miami (www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- Over the past decades hundred of thousands of Canadian, European and Latin American tourists have visited the island. Cuba is not more democratic today. If anything, Cuba is more totalitarian, […] 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

    What do Cubans Hope For in the New Year?

    What do Cubans Hope For in the New Year? / Ivan Garcia Posted on December 22, 2013 December is a month of epilogues. 2013 brought new things for Cubans. After the 14th of January, those born on the island could travel abroad without so much government oversight. Even the dissidents. Although with exceptions. Opponents, hostages […] 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

    First Anniversary of the Death of Laura Pollan

    First Anniversary of the Death of Laura Pollan Translating Cuba Of short stature, with blue eyes and a firm voice, Laura Pollan was for years one of the most visible faces in Cuba of the Ladies in White. A teacher by profession and a civic activist by choice, she participated in the creation and strengthening […] Continue reading

    Not Twelve, Seventeen / Miguel Iturria Savón

    Not Twelve, Seventeen / Miguel Iturria SavónMiguel Iturria Savón, Translator: Unstated Since the release of latest political prisoners from the repressive crackdown known as the Black Spring of 2003, foreign correspondents in Cuba cling to a mythical number twelve, referring to those who refused exile and stayed on the island, which is a half truth. […] Continue reading

    Cuba: The Gag Law / Laritza Diversent

    Cuba: The Gag Law / Laritza DiversentLaritza Diversent, Translator: Unstated In the first of the two annual sessions of the National Assembly, held in the final days of last July, the International Relations committee agreed to instruct its counterpart on Constitutional and Legal Matters, an aggravation of the measures contained in the No. 88. The […] 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

    Political Decisions Above Cuban Laws / Laritza Diversent

    Political Decisions Above Cuban Laws / Laritza DiversentLaritza Diversent, Translator: Raul G. The American contractor, Alan Gross, was sentenced this past March 4th in Havana for carrying out acts which uphold the interests of a foreign State with the "objective of damaging Cuban state independence or territorial integrity", according article 91 of the Penal Code. […] Continue reading

    Jailed U.S. contractor, sour U.S.-Cuba relations

    Jailed U.S. contractor, sour U.S.-Cuba relationsSun Oct 24, 2010 8:21am EDT (Reuters) – American Alan Gross has been held in Cuba since December on suspicions of espionage, although he has not been officially charged with a crime. The U.S. government has said he was not a spy but was in Cuba setting up Internet systems […] 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

    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