A SURVIVOR’S STORY. THE STORY OF CUBAN TORTURE SURVIVOR AMADO RODRÍGUEZ
(www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- Miami Dade College – Freedom Tower, Junio
25 de 2010.- Amado Rodriguez was born in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba in 1943.
At 13, he joined the 26th of July Movement against the Batista regime
and was later sent into exile to save his life. At the height of the
revolution, he returned and became an activist against the Castro regime.
He was arrested and spent a total of 23 years as a political prisoner
during two different terms. He was 18 years old when he was first
arrested in 1961 and sentenced to 30 years, of which he served 18. Four
years later, Amado was arrested and sentenced to 15 years.
He was released in 1989 after serving five years, four of which he spent
in solitary confinement. Amado Rodriguez was considered a Prisoner of
Conscience by Amnesty International and other human rights
organizations. His release was the result of personal visits and
petitions to the Cuban government from representatives of Amnesty
International, Human Rights Watch, the Red Cross International, the UN
High Commissioner for Human Rights and a US Senator.
Once in the USA, in the 90’s, Amado collaborated with Amnesty
International investigator for Cuba and worked for Human Rights in Cuba,
under the umbrella of Human Rights Watch.
Today, Amado Rodriguez is the coordinator of human and labor rights for
the Solidaridad de Trabajadores Cubanos, and founder & executive board
member of the Instituto de la Memoria Historica Cubana Contra el