February 7, 1995 |
Life is never easy in Cuba. Nearly everyone is short of money, food and decent housing. But for Jorge and Ponce there is a special emptiness resulting from a discrimination that affects not only their livelihoods but their place in society. Jorge and Ponce are artists and homosexuals, two groups disdained by Cuban society under the more than 35 years of Fidel Castro's dictatorship. "I am a creator," Ponce said, "and by definition I see the world in a different way.
June 3, 1988
Three leading members of Cuba's unofficial human rights group have received permission to emigrate to the United States and will leave Havana for Miami tonight, Enrique Hernandez Mendez, a vice president of the self-styled Cuban Human Rights Committee, said. Hernandez said that he and two other dissidents, Ramon Guin and Edmigio Lopez Castillo, will be granted refugee status in the United States.
March 9, 1993 |
On Dec. 19, Orestes Lorenzo Perez, a Cuban military pilot who had defected to the United States in 1991, took a daring risk. Flying a small, aging plane back into Cuba, he landed in the middle of a crowded highway, picked up his wife and two sons and returned to this country. When Lorenzo's plane landed in the Florida Keys, it was met by a group of supporters, including a representative of the Valladares Foundation, the Virginia-based human rights organization that helped set up the rescue.
July 17, 1988 |
Imagine a man sinking in muddy water until it reaches his lips. Then the years go by. Twenty-six years. Finally, that man is taken out and put in the middle of the city where there is walking and buses and signs of life. Ask that man how he feels, I don't know that he could tell you. He has no eyes for wonders. He is amazed only that he is free and his companions are not. He is free--and yet still wishes to be with them. Now imagine I am that man.
March 16, 1999 |
In one of the most important human rights cases in Cuba in years, a court sentenced a leading dissident Monday to five years in prison and gave three co-defendants lesser terms for stirring up unrest against the government of Fidel Castro. A five-member tribunal tried Vladimiro Roca, a former military pilot and son of the late Cuban Communist Party leader Blas Roca, and three others behind closed doors the first week of March.
April 24, 1996 |
The U.N. Commission on Human Rights, meeting in Geneva, passed a U.S.-backed motion of censure against Cuba for violating human rights but did not take similar action against China. With more than half the members of the 53-nation forum abstaining, the commission voted 20 to 5 to adopt the resolution criticizing Cuba.