FHRC releases names of key political prisoners in Cuba.

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Majority of political prisoners on FHRC’s list released…several with conditions.

Many prisoners of conscience remain incarcerated, denied basic human rights.

Miami, FL – The Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba (FHRC) can now confirm the release of the following political prisoners and prisoners of conscience cited in FHRC’s original political prisoner list as of 3 pm (EST), January 13th, 2015:

  • Alexander Otero R. (List # 1) released on 1/8/15
  • Alexeis Vargas (List # 2) released on 1/8/15
  • Angel Figueredo C. (LIst # 5) released on 1/8/15
  • Ángel Yunier Remón “El Crítico” (List # 6) released on 1/8/15
  • Anoy Almeida P. (List # 7) released on 1/8/15
  • Aracelio Riveau N. (List # 8) released on 1/8/15
  • Bianko Vargas M. (List # 10) released on 1/7/15
  • Carlos M. Figueredo (List # 11) released on 1/8/15
  • Daniel E. Quesada (List # 13) released on 1/8/15
  • David Piloto B. (List # 15) released on 1/8/15
  • Diango Vargas M. (List # 16) released on 1/7/15
  • Emilio Plana R. (List # 20) released on 1/8/15
  • Enrique Figuerola M. (List # 21) released on 1/7/15
  • Ernesto R.Riveri G. (List # 22) released on 1/7/15
  • Ernesto Tamayo G. (List # 23) released on 1/8/15
  • Haydee Gallardo S. (List # 24) released on 1/8/15
  • Ivan Fernandez D. (List # 26) released on 1/8/15
  • Jose Lino Asencio (List # 28) released on 1/8/15
  • Julio Cesar Vegas S. (List # 31) released on 1/8/15
  • Lazaro Romero H. (List # 32) released on 1/7/15
  • Leonardo Paumier R. (List # 33) released on 1/8/15
  • Marcelino Abreu H. (List # 35) released on 1/6/15
  • Mario Hernandez L. (List # 36) released on 1/8/15
  • Miguel Guerra H. (List # 37) released on 1/8/15
  • Roberto A. Fernandez (List # 41) released on 1/9/15
  • Roberto Hernandez (List # 42) released on 1/8/15
  • Rolando Reyes R. (List # 43) released on 1/8/15
  • Ruberlandis Maine V. (List # 44) released on 1/8/15
  • Vladimir Ortiz S. (List # 45) released on 1/8/15
  • Wilbert Parada M. (List # 46) released on 1/8/15
  • Yohannes Arce S. (List # 50) released on 1/8/15
  • Yordanis Mendoza (List # 51) released on 1/8/15

The following political prisoners, not mentioned in FHRC’s original list, have also been released, including those released prior to December 17th of last year and those for whom FHRC has not been in direct communication and / or is not familiar with their individual cases:

  • Aliciabades Guerra Marin (release details unknown)
  • Cesar Andres Sanchez Perez (release / case details unknown)
  • David Bustamante Rodriguez released November 2014
  • Eider Frometa Allen released November 2014
  • Eliso Castillo Gonzalez released November 2014
  • Eugenio Hernández released on 12/9/14
  • Jorge Cervantes Garcia released November 2014
  • Jorge Ramirez Calderon released on 1/8/15
  • Jose Leiva Diaz (release / case details unknown)
  • Jose M. Rodriguez Navarro released on 1/8/15
  • Juan Carlos Vasquez Osoria (released November 2014)
  • Juliet Michelena Diaz (release details unknown)
  • Luis Enrique Labrador Diaz released on 1/8/15 (case details unknown)
  • Madeline Lazara Caraballo Betancourt (release / case details unknown)
  • Miguel Alberto Ulloa (release / case details unknown)
  • Miguel Angel Tamayo Frias released on 1/9/15
  • Ramón Alejandro Muñoz released on 12/9/14
  • Reiner Mulet Levis (release / case details unknown)
  • Rubisney Villavicencio Figueredo (release / case details unknown)
  • Sonia Garro Alfonso released on 12/9/14
  • Vladimir Morera Bacallao (release / case details unknown)

The FHRC has been informed that several of the political prisoners released were excarcerated with certain conditions including “parole,” similar to the conditions placed on the 75 Cuban political prisoners released following Cuba’s “Black Spring” in 2003. This indicates that these individuals could be returned to prison or face a trial at a later date.

In addition, since December 26th of 2014, Danilo Maldonado Machado, a graffiti artist and activist, known as “El Sexto,” has been incarcerated and without trial. According to family members Maldonado has also suffered from pneumonia without proper medical treatment. The FHRC considers Maldonado to be a political prisoner and demands his immediate, unconditional release.

The FHRC continues to track 21 political prisoners and prisoners of conscience that remain in Cuban jails as of today. The names are provided in the original list below, except for two additional names including Osvaldo Rodriguez Castillo and Alfredo Limonte Rodriguez.

The FHRC continues to call on the Obama Administration and the Vatican to demand the immediate release of all remaining Human Rights activists, permanently and without conditions, including forced exile, parole, house arrest, and or any type of further harassment, detainment, or repression for political motives.

Again, the FHRC is aware that there continue to be additional political prisoners, outside of the list provided below, who are currently serving unjust sentences in Cuba, and being denied basic human rights, including several who have been detained since the December 17th announcement. The FHRC requests that these individuals also receive full consideration for their immediate, unconditional release.

FHRC Political Prisoner List (1/13/15 Updated)

 

NAME of PRISONER

DATE ARRESTED

SENTENCE

ALLEDGED CRIME

PRISON

1

Alexander Otero R.

3/26/2013

Released 1/8/15

Assault

Bayamo

2

Alexeis Vargas

11/27/2012

Released 1/8/15

Assault

Santiago de Cuba

3

Amado Verdecia D.

10/20/2014

5 years

Assault & Contempt

Santiago de Cuba

4

Andris Frometa C.

4/12/1991

47 years

Disrespect to authority

Guantanamo

5**

Angel Figueredo C.

5/26/2014

Released 1/8/15

Public Disorder

La Habana

6

Angel Yunier Remon

3/26/2013

Released 1/8/15

Assault

Bayamo

7

Anoy Almeida P.

5/9/2013

Released 1/8/15

Public Disorder

Villa Clara

8

Aracelio Riveau N.

11/27/2012

Released 1/8/15

Public Disorder

Santiago de Cuba

9

Bianko Vargas M.

2/12/2012

Released 1/7/15

Public Disorder

Santiago de Cuba

10

Carlos M. Figueredo

5/15/2014

Released 1/8/15

Assault

La Habana

11

Ciro A. Casanova P.

6/5/2014

4 years

Disorderly Conduct

Villa Clara 

12

Daniel E. Quesada

9/10/2013

Released 1/8/15

Assault

Santiago de Cuba

13

Darian E. Dufo P.

5/15/2014

2 years

Public disorder

Guantanamo

14

David Piloto B.

1/14/2011

Released 1/8/15

Public Disorder

La Habana

15

Diango Vargas M.

2/12/2012

Released 1/7/15

Public Disorder

Santiago de Cuba

16

Eglis Heredia R.

5/13/2014

5 years

Theft

Santiago de Cuba

17

Elieski Roque C.

 

5 years

Lustful abuse

Cienfuegos

18

Eliover Quevedo V.

 

3 years

Trespassing

Cienfuegos

19

Emilio Plana R.

9/23/2012

Released 1/8/15

Dangerousness

Guantanamo

20

Enrique Figuerola M.

7/28/2012

Released 1/7/15

Assault

Santiago de Cuba

21

Ernesto R.Riveri G.

11/27/2012

Released 1/7/15

Public Disorder

Santiago de Cuba

22

Ernesto Tamayo G.

6/13/2014

Released 1/8/15

Contempt

La Habana

23

Haydee Gallardo S.

5/26/2014

Released 1/8/15

Public Disorder

La Habana

24

Hector Hierrezuelo 

3/20/2014

1 year

Drug traffic

Santiago de Cuba

25

Ivan Fernandez D.

7/30/2013

Released 1/8/15

Propensity to Crime

Placetas

26

Joel M. Bencomo M.

7/6/2014

3 years

Disobedience

Villa Clara

27

Jose Lino Asencio 

5/9/2013

Released 1/8/15

Public Disorder

Villa Clara

28

Juan M. Valdes M.

 

45 years

Dissident 

Pinar del Rio

29

Julio C. Valdes D.

7/24/2013

2 yrs.6 mo

Contempt

La Habana

30

Julio Cesar Vegas S.

1/18/2013

Released 1/8/15

Theft

Santiago de Cuba

31

Lazaro Romero H.

11/27/2012

Released 1/7/15

Assault

Santiago de Cuba

32

Leonardo Paumier R.

6/13/2014

Released 1/8/15

Resistance to Arrest

La Habana

33

Liusban J. Utra

3/6/2013

7 years

Theft w. force

Las Tunas

34*

Marcelino Abreu H.

8/13/2012

*Released 1/6/15

Assault & Contempt

 

35**

Mario A. Hernandez L.

5/26/2014

Released 1/8/15

Public Disorder

La Habana

36

Miguel Guerra H.

11/8/2013

Released 1/8/15

Assault

Holguin

37

Misael Delgado R.

7/2/1905

6 years, 6mo

Illegal possession of Beef

Pinar del Rio

38

Osvaldo Rodriguez A.

9/23/2012

9 years

Assault

Mayabeque

39

Ricardo Pelier F.

5/15/2014

3 years 

Public disorder

Guantanamo

40

Roberto A. Fernandez

4/17/2012

Released 1/9/15

Contempt

La Habana

41

Roberto Hernandez

3/30/2013

Released 1/8/15

Assault

La Habana

42**

Rolando Reyes R.

5/8/2014

Released 1/8/15

Disorderly conduct

La Habana

43

Ruberlandis Maine V.

8/25/2013

Released 1/8/15

Assault & Contempt

Santiago de Cuba

44

Vladimir Ortiz S.

6/15/2014

Released 1/8/15

Resisting arrest

La Habana

45

Wilbert Parada M.

3/30/2013

Released 1/8/15

Assault

La Habana

46

Yessel Rivero Boni

 

 

Common Crime

La Habana

47

Yoanny T.Gonzalez

4/2/2003

Life in prison

Hijacking

La Habana

48

Yoelkis Rosabal

5/15/2014

4 years

Public Disorder

Guantanamo

49

Yohannes Arce S.

5/13/2014

Released 1/8/15

Assault

Guantanamo

50

Yordanis Mendoza

3/20/2014

Released 1/8/15

Assault 

Guantanamo

51

Yuselin Ferrera E.

9/24/2014

1 year

Injuries to authority

Santiago de Cuba

52

Danilo Maldonado Machado “El Sexto”

12/26/14

Pending

Disrespect

La Habana

NOTES:

1)      *We  have received information that Marcelino Abreu, #34 on the list, was released on 1/6/15. Abreu has been jailed and subsequently released on various occasions due to multiple hunger strikes. Charges have included “disrespecting the figure of Fidel Castro” and “public disorder.”

2)      **There are three pending sentences. (5, 35 & 42)                

3)      Under the Cuban judicial system any person can be sentenced for “Assault” for simply resisting arrest.

4)      Any “nonviolent protester” may be accused & sentenced for Public Disorder, Disorderly Conduct or Contempt.

5)      Contact FHRC for further Information on prisoners.  

The Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba (“FHRC”) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization established in 1992 to promote a nonviolent transition to a free and democratic Cuba by empowering independent Civil Society within Cuba.  FHRC maintains regular contact with human rights defenders and civic activists who are working for change in Cuba through nonviolent means.

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