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August 4, 1987 | DAN WILLIAMS, Times Staff Writer
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.
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March 3, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Cuban security forces released some of the scores of activists detained during the sedition trial of four well-known dissidents. Cuba accused the four dissidents of promoting aggressive U.S. policies toward their homeland. A verdict is pending after Monday's trial, which has focused international attention on Cuba's human rights policies. The tribunal has until March 17 to issue a decision.
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July 17, 1988 | BARRY BEARAK, Times Staff Writer
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.
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February 28, 1999 | Reuters
Cuban authorities have arrested up to a dozen people in order to prevent trouble at the upcoming trial of the island's best-known jailed political activists, dissident groups said Saturday. A trial on sedition charges is set to begin Monday for four prominent dissident leaders whose 19-month imprisonment has been a focus of foreign pressure on the Cuban government.
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February 27, 1999 | Reuters
Cuba plans to try in Havana on Monday the island's four best-known dissidents, whose 19-month imprisonment has been a focus of international pressure on Fidel Castro's Communist government, relatives said Friday. State security officials confirmed that the four dissidents, who were charged with sedition after openly calling for democratic changes to Cuba's one-party system, would be tried at Havana's Provincial Court, family members told Reuters. "The news made me cry.
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March 3, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Cuban security forces released some of the scores of activists detained during the sedition trial of four well-known dissidents. Cuba accused the four dissidents of promoting aggressive U.S. policies toward their homeland. A verdict is pending after Monday's trial, which has focused international attention on Cuba's human rights policies. The tribunal has until March 17 to issue a decision.
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February 13, 1998 | Times Wire Reports
Cuba said Thursday that it had decided to release more than 200 prisoners, including some political detainees, after Pope John Paul II's visit to the Communist nation last month. The group release will be the largest by President Fidel Castro's government in years. It was unclear when people would actually start walking free. The release was first announced by the Vatican, which said Cuba called it "an act of clemency and goodwill in memory" of John Paul's five-day visit last month.
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March 13, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Communist government announced it has detained eight leading human rights activists, accusing them of helping prepare for a U.S. invasion. The arrests were announced by the state media in a clear break from a past policy of official silence on such detentions. Unofficial statements identified the detainees as leading members of the Pro-Human Rights Party of Cuba, an outlawed rights group.
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June 6, 1988
As part of an effort to clean up his human rights image, Cuban President Fidel Castro has said he will release all but 44 of his country's political prisoners, the New York Times reported. Castro announced his decision in a letter to Cardinal John O'Connor of New York, the newspaper said. The cardinal recently returned from a visit to Cuba but could not be reached for immediate comment.
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June 9, 1987 | United Press International
Cuban President Fidel Castro has agreed to release 348 current and former political prisoners, all jailed at least 10 years, and allow them to immigrate to the United States, the U.S. Catholic Conference said Monday. The Rev. Nicholas DiMarzio, executive director of the Roman Catholic agency's migration and refugee services, obtained the commitment from Castro in a meeting in Cuba last week, church officials said. Castro agreed to issue exit permits for 204 people on an updated U.S.
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February 27, 1999 | Reuters
Cuba plans to try in Havana on Monday the island's four best-known dissidents, whose 19-month imprisonment has been a focus of international pressure on Fidel Castro's Communist government, relatives said Friday. State security officials confirmed that the four dissidents, who were charged with sedition after openly calling for democratic changes to Cuba's one-party system, would be tried at Havana's Provincial Court, family members told Reuters. "The news made me cry.
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February 14, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
The government has released the first 19 of more than 200 prisoners it has said it will free after Pope John Paul II's visit to the island last month, a leading dissident said. Odilia Valdes Collazo, president of a group called the Cuban Party for Human Rights, said those released included Hector Palacios, a well-known dissident who was serving an 18-month term on a charge of "disrespect for authority."
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February 13, 1998 | Times Wire Reports
Cuba said Thursday that it had decided to release more than 200 prisoners, including some political detainees, after Pope John Paul II's visit to the Communist nation last month. The group release will be the largest by President Fidel Castro's government in years. It was unclear when people would actually start walking free. The release was first announced by the Vatican, which said Cuba called it "an act of clemency and goodwill in memory" of John Paul's five-day visit last month.
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January 25, 1998 | MARK FINEMAN and RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In a challenge to Fidel Castro's government, Pope John Paul II called on his host Saturday to release all "prisoners of conscience" from Cuba's jails and open its tightly controlled Communist system to freedom of expression and assembly. The pontiff's prisoner appeal, made during an emotional evening visit to a leper sanctuary in suburban Havana, was similar to requests he has made on other trips abroad.
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February 13, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
After negotiating with Cuban President Fidel Castro in January for the release of 10 Cuban political prisoners, Rep. Bill Richardson (D-N.M.) got word last week that Castro wanted to see him again. They met at 1 a.m. Saturday and Castro agreed to free two men and one woman, the lawmaker said. Carmen Arias, 31, Jose Luis Grave de Peralta, 38, and Eduardo Prida, 49, arrived in Miami later Saturday on a small Air Force jet, accompanied by Richardson.
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January 20, 1992 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Cuba announced Sunday that its highest government council has upheld the death penalty against one of three Miami-based Cuban exiles convicted of landing on the Communist-ruled island armed for a sabotage mission. The Council of State, led by President Fidel Castro, also commuted the death penalty against a second convicted man to 30 years in prison. The third man had also been condemned to death but the Supreme Court commuted his sentence Thursday to 30 years, the maximum prison term in Cuba.
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March 27, 1991 | Reuters
Cuba's Communist authorities have freed one of the island's longest-serving political prisoners, Ernesto Diaz Rodriguez, but the release was on health grounds and not for political reasons, a senior judicial official said Tuesday. Lizzel Santana Gomez, assistant to Cuba's attorney general, said that Diaz left prison Friday after serving 22 years of his 40-year sentence. He was arrested in 1968 for involvement in attempts to overthrow Cuba's government.
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March 13, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Communist government announced it has detained eight leading human rights activists, accusing them of helping prepare for a U.S. invasion. The arrests were announced by the state media in a clear break from a past policy of official silence on such detentions. Unofficial statements identified the detainees as leading members of the Pro-Human Rights Party of Cuba, an outlawed rights group.
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