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Prisoner of conscience

Artist jailed in Cuba since November for anti-Fidel Castro graffiti may be released Jan. 28 By Elizabeth Llorente Published January 18, 2017 A prominent graffiti artist in Cuba who was jailed the day after Fidel Castro died for actions that appeared to celebrate the late Cuban leader’s passing, reportedly will be released on Jan. […] Continue reading
Cuban Man Says He Relied on God to Survive 22 Years of Torture in Castro’s Gulag BY SAMUEL SMITH , CP REPORTER November 21, 2015|11:20 am A former Cuban prisoner of conscience who was imprisoned for opposing the Communist regime of Fidel Castro and used his own blood to write poetry throughout his 22-year detention […] Continue reading
RWB Exhorts Cuban Authorities to Clarify Angel Santiesteban-Prats’ Situation Posted on August 12, 2014 Published Wednesday, August 6, 2014 Cuban writer and blogger Angel Santiesteban-Prats disappeared from the jail at San Miguel del Padron on July 21, 2014. Authorities at first said that he had escaped; nevertheless, ten days later his daughter managed to speak […] Continue reading
Posted on Sunday, 06.22.14 On Cuba, Hillary Clinton’s not as smart as she seems BY HUMBERTO FONTOVA HFONTOVA@EARTHLINK.NET “The Smartest Woman in the World” flunked her foreign-policy exam. Worse still, she was U.S. secretary of state. Back in the ’90s, when first lady, Hillary Clinton was widely known as “The Smartest Woman in the World.” […] Continue reading
S.O.S.: They Continue Harassing Angel Santiesteban in Prison / Angel Santiesteban Posted on March 24, 2014 My incarceration is not enough for the dictatorship At dawn on last March 22, we prisoners, once again, were awakened by henchmen’s boots for another search procedure. Several officers, directed again by Major Cobas, ousted us from the barracks […] Continue reading
Angel Santiesteban: Open Letter to the UN Commission on Human Rights* Posted on April 24, 2013 I write to you from the depths of despair produced by being a prisoner of conscience in one of the horrendous prisons of the Castro brothers. In their hands is the opportunity to impose agony upon an extensive penal [...] Continue reading
Calixto, the Resolute* / Lilianne Ruiz Posted on April 15, 2013 This past Tuesday, the Cuban authorities finally acknowledged Calixto R. Martinez Arias's right to go free, after he had served more than six months in prison, initially for the crime of "insulting the leadership figures of the Revolution." He had no trial. Martinez Arias [...] Continue reading
The Solitude of the Desert / Angel Santiesteban Angel Santiesteban, Translator: Unstated Translator's note: This blog post does NOT relate to Angel's most recent arrest this week. It relates to a series of criminal charges the regime fabricated against him in order to be able to imprison him as a "criminal" rather than as a [...] Continue reading
Posted on Wednesday, 03.21.12 Amnesty denounces detentions of Cuba oppositionBy PAUL HAVENAssociated Press HAVANA — Amnesty International on Wednesday placed four jailed Cubans on its global list of prisoners of conscience, the only inmates on the island to have such a designation, and denounced the Communist-run government for what it called a campaign of intimidation [...] Continue reading
ANNIVERSARY OF PRISONER´S DEATH HIGHLIGHTS CONTINUED ABUSES IN CUBA23-02-2011.Freedom House( Washington – February 23, 2011 – It is with great sadness that Freedom House marks the one-year anniversary of Cuban poli... Continue reading

Posted on Sunday, 02.20.11

Cuba braces as dissidents remember a martyr
Castro critics will commemorate the 1-year anniversary of the death of
Orlando Zapata Tamayo, who was a political prisoner.

Orlando Zapata Tamayo was one of Cuba's least-known political prisoners,
a 42-year-old Afro-Cuban plumber and bricklayer from the remote eastern
town… Continue reading

Premature thanks in Cuba
The myth of Raul the Reformer
By Daniel Allott
The Washington Times
4:21 p.m., Wednesday, November 24, 2010

It has been more than four years since Raul Castro assumed the duties of
the presidency of Cuba and more than 2 1/2 years since he officially
took over for his older brother, Fidel.… Continue reading


( 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… Continue reading

Cuba urged to respect press freedom as repression of journalists intensifies
30 April 2010

Amnesty International today called on the Cuban authorities to end
harassment of independent journalists following a month in which several
reporters were arbitrarily detained and intimidated for criticizing the

"Journalists who try to work independently of the state-owned media
outlets in… Continue reading

Posted on Friday, 03.05.10
Most deaths largely ignored

The recent death by hunger strike of Orlando Zapata Tamayo is not a
first-time event in Cuba. Sadly, we have records of another 12 political
prisoners who died in hunger strikes during the Castro regime. More such
deaths are probably unrecorded.… Continue reading

Cuban political prisoners who have died in hunger strikes (1959-present)

11 Cuban political prisoners have died in hunger strikes
By Cuba Archive Saturday, February 27, 2010

Fidel Castro served only 18 months of a 15-year prison sentence for
leading an attack on the Moncada Army Barracks. Dictator, Fulgencio
Batista caved to public demands and freed all… Continue reading

Dissident's Death Ignites Protest Actions in Cuba
Published: February 26, 2010

Friends and relatives of the Cuban activist Orlando Zapata Tamayo on
Wednesday with a condolence book during his wake in Havana. He had been
arrested in a mass roundup of dissidents in 2003. Mr. Zapata, 42,
stopped eating solid foods on Dec.… Continue reading

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