July 8, 2010 |
The Cuban government has agreed to release the largest group of political prisoners in a decade, following months of talks and the intervention this week of Spain, the Roman Catholic Church in Cuba said Wednesday. In a statement posted on its website, the Archdiocese of Havana said 52 prisoners would be freed — five "in the next hours" and an additional 47 in the next three to four months. All will be allowed to leave the country, the church said. It was not clear, however, whether the Cuban government would require them to do so. Human rights activists in Cuba have insisted that freedom be granted unconditionally.
August 4, 1987 |
Of all the places to interview Ricardo Bofill, a dissident who confronts the government of Cuba on human rights abuses, his apartment on the outskirts of Havana might seem the least likely. The apartment is one floor above the residence of the local representative of the Committee for the Defense of the Revolution, the Cuban government's grass-roots vigilance network.
January 12, 1989 |
The Cuban government has launched a new crackdown against human rights activists and for the first time stands accused of using electric shock treatments and psychoactive drugs against forcibly hospitalized political prisoners, according to leaders of the country's two major human rights groups.
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April 13, 1989 |
Cuban human rights activists Wednesday called for a general amnesty for all political prisoners held in Cuba. Elizardo Sanchez Santa Cruz, head of the Cuban Commission of Human Rights and National Reconciliation, said there are at least "between 700 and 800 political prisoners currently held in Cuban jails." The government says Cuba has no political prisoners.
September 26, 1986
Cuba expelled two Havana-based Western news agency correspondents and reportedly arrested three Cuban members of an independent human rights organization. The Cuban news agency Prensa Latina reported the expulsions of Robert Powell of the Reuters news agency and Noel Lorthiosis of Agence France-Presse.
May 20, 2004 |
Cuba held its third trial of dissidents in less than a month, sentencing three people who participated in a human rights meeting to three years in prison, a local human rights group said. The trials marked a new push by the government to quell dissent after a much larger crackdown last year, in which 75 government opponents were arrested and sentenced to six to 28 years in prison.