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Cuban Government Turns To New Forms Of Repression

Cuban Government Turns To New Forms Of Repression

14ymedio, Havana, 3 July 2014 — Last June, there were 198 fewer
arbitrary arrests of Cuban activists and opponents compared to the same
month last year, according to a report by the Cuban Commission on Human
Rights and National Reconciliation, which recorded a total of 380
arrests in June 2017.

The number,… Continue reading

Violent Weekend in Cuba: 30 Ladies in White Arrested Again Trying to Attend Mass

Violent Weekend in Cuba: 30 Ladies in White Arrested Again Trying to
Attend Mass
by FRANCES MARTEL26 Jun 2017

Over thirty members of the Ladies in White, a peaceful Catholic
dissident group in Cuba, were violently arrested over the weekend for
attempting to attend Sunday Mass, including leader Berta Soler.
The Cuban government recently banned Soler from leaving the country… Continue reading

El Sexto’ Will Stay In The US But Will Continue To Fight Against Arbitrary Detentions In Cuba

El Sexto’ Will Stay In The US But Will Continue To Fight Against
Arbitrary Detentions In Cuba

14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 15 May 2017 — The artist Danilo
Maldonado, known as ‘El Sexto’ (The Sixth), announced his desire to
reside in the United States, although he will remain attentive to what
happens in Cuba to be able to denounce the… Continue reading

State Security Doctors Constantly Mistreated Us

“State Security Doctors Constantly Mistreated Us”

14ymedio, Havana, 4 April 2017 — Maydolys Leyva can breath easy for the
first time since last March 7. Her three children have abandoned their
hunger strike after being released on parole. This Monday, their mother
prepared a meal of mild creamed vegetables, root vegetables and meat for
her daughter Anairis and son Fidel… Continue reading

Three Siblings On Hunger Strike Released On Parole

Three Siblings On Hunger Strike Released On Parole

14ymedio, Havana, 3 April 2017 — The three Holguin siblings who had been
on hunger strike since last March 7 were released on Sunday on parole,
according to what their mother, Maydolys Leyva, told this newspaper.

The activists Anairis Miranda, Adairis Miranda and Fidel Batista were
sentenced were sentenced to one year… Continue reading

The regime paroles the three siblings from Holguín who went on a hunger strike

The regime paroles the three siblings from Holguín who went on a hunger
strike
DDC | Madrid | 4 de Abril de 2017 – 11:01 CEST.

On Sunday the regime released on parole the three siblings from Holguín
who had been on a hunger strike since March 7, when they were sentenced
to a year in prison for the alleged… Continue reading

PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE ON HUNGER STRIKE – URGENT ACTION

UA: 76/17 Index: AMR 25/6001/2017 Cuba Date: 31 March 2017
URGENT ACTION

PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE ON HUNGER STRIKE

Two days after Fidel Castro’s death, a family of four human rights
defenders were
arrested in Holguín, south-east Cuba. They received a one-year sentence,
and the three
siblings are currently on hunger strike. They are prisoners of
conscience and must be
released… Continue reading

Activist on hunger strike is transferred to an isolated intermediate care room

Activist on hunger strike is transferred to an isolated intermediate
care room
DDC | Holguín | 30 de Marzo de 2017 – 11:20 CEST.

On Monday Cuban activist Anairis Miranda Leyva was moved to an isolated
intermediate care room at the provincial hospital of Holguin after
spending 22 days on a hunger strike, her mother, Maydolis Leyva, told
Martí Noticias.… Continue reading

Health Of Three Siblings On Hunger Strike In Cuba Worsens

Health Of Three Siblings On Hunger Strike In Cuba Worsens

14ymedio Havana, 27 March 2017 — The health of the siblings Fidel
Batista Leyva, and Anairis and Adairis Miranda Leyva is worsening, as
Monday marked their 21 days on a hunger strike, according to their
mother, Maydolis Leyva Portelles, who spoke with 14ymedio.

Members of the Cuban Reflection Movement, the… Continue reading

Cuban migrants stranded in Mexico claim abuse by authorities following protest

Cuban migrants stranded in Mexico claim abuse by authorities following
protest
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

A group of Cuban migrants detained in the southern Mexico city of
Tapachula have accused authorities of beating and mistreating them after
they staged a hunger strike — some by sewing their lips together — to
demand their release.

The Quadratín news agency reported… Continue reading

The case of Omara Isabel Ruiz Urquiola

The case of Omara Isabel Ruiz Urquiola
BORIS GONZÁLEZ ARENAS | La Habana | 10 de Marzo de 2017 – 09:21 CET.

This interview is important in many ways. But, if I had to choose one,
it would be how it illustrates the existence of Cuba’s civil society.
Castroism has endured by enfeebling the individual, fomenting his social
diminution and… Continue reading

Broken Dreams

Broken Dreams / Cubalex

Translator’s note: The references here to the empty offices and the
inability to work relate to a police raid that occurred in September of
last year, during which much of the organization’s equipment was
confiscated.

Cubalex, 20 February 2017 – It is an ordinary November day. Cubalex
members are visiting the headquarters, the emptiness of the… Continue reading

Cuban emigrants declare a hunger strike in Panama

Cuban emigrants declare a hunger strike in Panama
JUAN ARTURO GÓMEZ TOBÓN | Turbo | 31 de Enero de 2017 – 11:13 CET.

A group of six Cuban emigrants, including several identifying themselves
as members of the Movimiento Prodemocrático Pedro Luis Boitel, declared
themselves on a hunger strike in the locality of Laja Blanca,
Darien (Panama)

Another group of 13… Continue reading

The Punk Who Didn’t Cry For Fidel

The Punk Who Didn’t Cry For Fidel / 14ymedio, Pablo De LLano

14ymedio, Pablo de Llano, Miami, 22 January 2017 — Minutes after the
announcement of the death of Fidel Castro, last November 25, Danilo
Maldonado Machado passed by his mother’s house and knocked on the window
of her room. Maria Victoria Machado opened and her son asked: “Mom, are… Continue reading

Activist Abandons Hunger Strike After Promise Of Not Being Deported To His Home Province

Activist Abandons Hunger Strike After Promise Of Not Being Deported To
His Home Province / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 10 January 2017 — Vladimir Martín Castellanos, a
member of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (Unpacu), abandoned his hunger
strike this Monday after the authorities promised that he would not be
deported from Las Tunas to Santiago de Cuba, as confirmed by… Continue reading

Cuban Faces of 2016 – Ariel Ruiz Urquiola, Scientist (b. 1974)

Cuban Faces of 2016: Ariel Ruiz Urquiola, Scientist (b. 1974) / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 26 December 2016 – Cuban Faces of 2016: Ariel
Urquiola, a biologist and doctor of science, has participated in several
research projects on Cuban biodiversity, especially related to marine
and terrestrial species. He directed an international research project
carried out between the University of Havana, the… Continue reading

Regime forces ‘assault’ the headquarters of the UNPACU and the homes of several activists

Regime forces ‘assault’ the headquarters of the UNPACU and the homes of
several activists
DDC | Santiago de Cuba | 20 de Diciembre de 2016 – 10:08 CET.

Early Sunday regime forces simultaneously “assaulted” the headquarters
of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) in Santiago of Cuba and another
eight houses of activists in that city and Palma Soriano, reported… Continue reading

Two Years After U.S.-Cuba Opening, What’s Next Under Trump?

Two Years After U.S.-Cuba Opening, What’s Next Under Trump?
by CARMEN SESIN

MIAMI, Fla. — After recently returning from her first trip to Cuba,
Elizabeth Díaz, 24, went to her grandmother’s house to show her pictures
of the home she left behind in 1962. It still had the same furniture.
Her grandmother cried looking at pictures of where she had… Continue reading

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 mother Maria Victoria Machado. The… Continue reading

U.S. businesses to pressure Trump to keep ties to Cuba

U.S. businesses to pressure Trump to keep ties to Cuba
Alan Gomez , USA TODAY 4:12 p.m. EST November 20, 2016

MIAMI — A powerful coalition of U.S. companies is preparing to appeal to
President-elect Donald Trump’s business instincts and drop his vow to
reverse one of President Obama’s signature achievements: renewed
relations with Cuba.

Candidate Trump pledged to close… Continue reading

Cuban human rights activist urges U.S. to suspend trade and investment in Cuba until regime stops oppression

Cuban human rights activist urges U.S. to suspend trade and investment
in Cuba until regime stops oppression
By Elizabeth Llorente Published November 18, 2016

One of Cuba’s most prominent human rights activists is in the U.S. to
push for a halt or suspension of U.S.-Cuba trade and investment changes
that he and other leaders say are enriching and empowering the… Continue reading

Cuban-American leaders, dissidents urge Trump to get tough with Castro regime

Cuban-American leaders, dissidents urge Trump to get tough with Castro
regime
By Elizabeth Llorente Published November 16, 2016

Cuban-American leaders and human rights activists within the island
nation are hoping that the incoming Trump administration will scale back
President Obama’s efforts to restore relations between the two
countries, measures they say emboldened the communist regime and brought
the U.S. little… Continue reading

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