We are excited to announce that the Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba (FHRC), in close partnership with CANF and other organizations, have begun our annual Reyes Magos celebration! Reyes Magos was once a custom for all children in Cuba, and today we continue to revive this special tradition and give hope and joy to children across the […]
First prize ($ 1000 USD): “Individual development as a component of collective well-being” by Alejandro Puerto. Second prize ($ 500 USD): “New type of trade in Cuba” by Reinaldo Villafaña Villavicencio. Third prize ($ 300 USD): “A better Cuba is possible” by Pedro Cabezas Crespo. Mention ($ 100 USD): “The obstacles to the creativity of […]
FHRC & SCW ANNOUNCE EVENT ON ECONOMIC AND LABOR RIGHTS IN CUBA
The Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba (FDHC – FHRC) and Solidarity of Cuban Workers (Solidaridad de Trabajadores Cubanos [STC] ) are convening a conference on Economic and Labor Rights on the island to be held on January 21, 2017. The event – which is open to the public and will feature specialists as well […]
FHRC Creates campaign against labor rights violations in Cuba
The Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba (FHRC) has launched a campaign for the defense of workers and labor rights, based on the fact that economic openness can not be built upon the basis of complicity of foreign companies with the Cuban government to perpetuate serious labor and human rights violations promoted by the legislation […]
FHRC creates a site to serve as a platform to register cuban repressors
The Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba announced the creation of a online database for Cuban Repressors that will be shared with governments and intelligence agencies from around the globe. This project is sponsored by the Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba (FDHC | FHRC) with the cooperation of relevant organizations from the cuban civil […]
Cuban dissident becomes weak from hunger strike; church may step in
Internationally-known Cuban dissident Guillermo Fariñas is growing gravely weak from a two-week-old hunger strike to protest human rights abuses while the Catholic Church has emerged as a possible mediator between the opposition leader and the government of Raúl Castro. Fariñas, who is refusing any food or water, said Tuesday that he feels “very weak” but […]
Change In Cuban Travel Regulations In Cruises And Merchant Vessels
PRESS RELEASE The Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba welcomes the information concerning the change of regulations intended to prevent citizens from that country to embark on cruise ships or merchant ships to the island. The decision was taken by the immediate and effective mobilization of the Cuban-American community. Their protests and actions were instrumental […]
The Ladies in White Receive “Surprise” Dedication from Spider-Man Writer Jose Molina
Last week at their Havana headquarters, during the weekly meeting known as “The Literary Tea,” the Ladies in White received a special “surprise” from acclaimed comic book and television writer Jose Molina. The package included four autographed Spider-Man comics from the popular Marvel comic book series, which features the well known superhero going to Cuba, […]
Cuban Residents “Revolt” when Political Police Arbitrarily Tries to Detain Neighbor
According to 14ymedio, “the arrest of a Cuban woman who demanded respect for human rights has gone viral on social networks. Allegedly filmed in the Cerro municipality, “the video…shows the moment when the person is led to a patrol car followed by the reaction of neighbors when a police attempts to silence the claims of the […]
As published in Diario de Cuba, yesterday, “the President of the United States, Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry met with a group of Cuban dissidents at the headquarters of the US Embassy in Havana.” The Spanish daily mentioned that, “at the meeting, held after Obama spoke directly to the Cuban people from […]
Google Has a Tough Road Ahead if it Wants to “Connect Cuba” to a Free and Open Internet
"As long as Cuban State Telecom Monopoly, ETECSA, remains the sole or even primary provider of internet in Cuba, companies like Google will be providing limited support in the expansion of internet..."
People in Need Presents “The Homo Homini Award” for human rights to 11 Cuban dissidents
Photo Montage (People in Need website) In a release issued by People in Need, “The Homo Homini Award for 2015 has been given to a group of eleven Cuban dissidents for their perseverance, fearlessness and moral fortitude in pushing for human rights in Cuba, while willingly sacrificing their own personal freedom. ‘The prize has been awarded […]
CPJ: Cuba has the most restricted climate for press freedom in the Americas.
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has released their 2015 Report where Cuba once again finds itself among the 10 most censured countries in the world. Some of the report’s “lowlights” on Cuba include the following: Cuba continues to have the most restricted climate for press freedom in the Americas. Print and broadcast media are wholly […]
Amnesty International on Cuba: “Severe Restrictions” on Expression, Association, Movement, Continue
According to Amnesty International’s latest 2015/2016 Cuba Report, “despite increasingly open diplomatic relations, severe restrictions on freedoms of expression, association and movement continued. Thousands of cases of harassment of government critics and arbitrary arrests and detentions were reported.” On the Freedom of Expression and Association Amnesty states the Cuban Government’s “critics continued to experience harassment, ‘acts […]
Letter from Cuban Opposition Group to U.S. President Barack Obama on Cuba Visit
The Patriotic Union of Cuba gives a warm welcome to President Barack Obama to the largest of the Antilles. The Patriotic Union of Cuba, UNPACU, welcomes the news of the visit of U.S. President Barack Obama to Cuba. On behalf of our organization and thousands of supporters of our cause in favor of the democratization […]
Two Women Arrested, Released by Cuban Political Police for Activism Caught on Camera
As published in Martí News, “activists from The Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU), Caridad González Mejías and Melkis Faure Echavarria were released on Sunday. The Women were arrested on Friday in Old Havana when they staged a peaceful protest that was widely shared on social media after the activists were defended by local Cuban onlookers.As […]
DDC Offers Interactive Look at Regime’s Official “Media Power” Inside Cuba
(Screenshot DDC Website) Utilizing an interactive map titled “The media power of Castroism,“ Diario de Cuba (DDC) illustrates just how far reaching the Cuban government’s “media apparatus” is in order to “convey their propaganda to the Cuban people and the ‘authorized version’ of reality” which includes “550 press media, most with digital editions, for which some 2,175 pro-government journalists work […]
RSF 2015 Report: Cuba is Western Hemisphere’s “Lowest Ranked” in Press Freedom
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has released their 2015 World Press Freedom Index, where once again, Cuba received the worst index ranking in the entire Western Hemisphere and is in the bottom eleven worldwide (#169 out of 180 countries). According to Reporters without Borders, “Freedom of information is extremely limited in Cuba, which is ranked lower […]
Ladies in White Respond to Orchestrated Harassment by Cuban Government
According to reports received by the Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba, and published in Diario de Cuba, late last week, the Cuban government mobilized their “rapid response brigade,” which according to former political prisoner Angel Moya, consisted of “civilian dressed military officials and “people pulled from work centers” by the ruling Communist party to […]
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ~ The “Six Principles of Nonviolence”
(Photo Courtesy: Hana Jakrlova / Photographer / www.hanajakrlovaphoto.com) In honor of “Martin Luther King, Jr. Day”, and also as recognition of the brave human rights activists in today’s Cuba, we would like to share MLK’s now famous “six principles of nonviolence,” based on his first book, “The Stride Toward Freedom.” SIX PRINCIPLES OF NONVIOLENCE PRINCIPLE […]
DESPITE OPPRESSION, CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZES EVENTS FOR 5,000 CHILDREN ACROSS CUBA
Over several months, Cuban civil society groups, facilitated by the Foundation and led mainly by local human rights activists, have worked hand in hand within their communities to organize and host children’s events nation-wide in order to commemorate Three Kings Day, a tradition that has practically been dissolved in the decades following the Cuban Revolution, […]
Heavy Oppression of Cuba’s Human Rights Activists for Hosting Children’s Events Across the Island
For several weeks, all across Cuba, independent civil society groups have been hosting Reyes Magos cultural events benefiting children and families in their respective communities. Unfortunately, the Foundation has been receiving multiple reports of harassment, repression, arbitrary arrests, and confiscating of toys, food, and decorations intended for innocent Cuban children and families, at the hand’s […]
U.S. and Cuba: One Year Navigating the Warming Waters (Special Report)
Report by: Omar López Montenegro (Human Rights Director, Cuban American National Foundation) & José Luis Martínez (Communications Director, Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba) One year after the announcement of the reestablishment of relations between the United States and Cuba, the Cuban American National Foundation (CANF) and the Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba (FHRC) […]
UN to Cuba: “Halt Harassment of Activists and Respect Human Rights”
As published by the United Nations, their top human rights official “expressed concern today over the extremely high number of arbitrary arrests and short-term detentions of individuals, including human rights defenders and dissidents, in Cuba in recent weeks.” “There have been many hundreds of arbitrary arrests and short-term detentions – which in my view amount […]
Holiday Gift Guide – Take A Second Look At Our Remaining Auction Items
If you missed the chance to take home one of our exclusive auction items during Noche Tropical, we have got you covered. There are a few remaining items that would be great Christmas gifts. What better way to get into the holiday spirit than giving gifts that help a good cause. If getting into shape is on your […]
Following is an excerpt as originally published by Amnesty International: Cuban human rights activists are at increased risk of detention or harassment from the authorities amid demonstrations on International Human Rights Day, 10 December, said Amnesty International following a wave of almost 1,500 arbitrary arrests in just over a month. Yesterday, police in the capital Havana […]
What is it Like to be an Independent Journalist in Havana?
The following excerpts, from the Diario de Cuba (DDC) article “This isn’t News, it’s Counterrevolution”, paints a very real and disturbing picture of what it means to be an independent journalist in Havana today. This first hand account by DDC reporter Pablo Pascual Méndez Piña, took place during the recent protest in front of the Ecuadorian Embassy in the […]
“El Sexto” Tells His Story to Miami Media on Cuba, Human Rights
As published in WLRN, “It’s been almost a year since President Obama announced the U.S. was normalizing relations with communist Cuba. Some Cuban dissidents embrace the move. But others – including artist Danilo Maldonado, known as ‘El Sexto’ – say it’s done little to improve human rights on the island.” El Sexto is in Miami […]
#TodosMarchamos Campaign Continues Despite Ongoing Repression by Cuban Government Forces
(Foto Courtesy: Hana Jakrlova / Photographer / www.hanajakrlovaphoto.com) As published in CubaNet, “On Sunday special [Cuban] troops from the Ministry of the Interior and official groups dressed as civilians repressed and arrested the Ladies in White and their companions as they marched through 3rd Avenue between 26 Street and 28 in the municipality of Miramar, […]
Donate to children in Cuba this Holiday Season! This January, members of Cuban civil society are organizing the largest nation-wide cultural event of the season in commemoration of Three Kings Day. The one-day event will benefit over 4,000 Cuban children in 14 different provinces. Check out the map above for the expected number of children […]
Forum for Diversity and Identity to be held in Havana December 17 & 18
As published in Diario de Cuba, the “Committee of Citizens for Racial Integration (CIR) and #Otro18 (Another 18 campaign) will convene the Forum for Diversity and Identity, to be held in Havana on the 17 and 18 of December under the central theme Cuba, all possible diversity.“ The meeting “will be held as part of […]
On November 19th, FHRC’s #GiveMiamiDay Campaign to Benefit Children this Holiday Season!
The Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba (FHRC) has been approved to participate for the third year in a row on Give Miami Day, where select Miami nonprofits will benefit from the Greater Miami community’s growing generosity on one specific day of online giving. The digital event will take place on: NOVEMBER 19TH, 2015 This […]
Pope’s Bodyguard in Cuba Helped Cuban Activists Reach the Pontiff: “Run and Tell Him.”
According Marti News, “the three activists from Cuba’s Patriotic Union (UNPACU) that had been held in detention since September 20th for approaching Pope Francis in Cuba’s Plaza of the Revolution, were released on Monday afternoon, but must still face trial for the alleged crimes of public disorder, disrespect and resistance.” In addition, “although there were […]
Message from a Lady in White: The Regime “Will Not Succeed to Intimidate Us”
According to Diario de Cuba, “Lismeyris Quintana, 39, is one of the activists that forms part of the Ladies in White. As is common with many of the women who join the organization, the political activities of her husband, Enrique Diaz Rodriguez, contributed to her joining the opposition group. At that rate it also helped […]
A Night of “One Community,” Noche Tropical’s Tropicana 2020 (2015 Edition)
Photos by MagicalPhotos.com / Mitchell Zachs On Saturday, October 24th, 2015 the Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba, celebrated its 9th annual gala and fundraising auction to empower Cuban civil society. The event, Noche Tropical presents Tropicana 2020, was inspired by the idea of what the famous Havana Tropicana club would look and feel like […]
Freed at Last! Political Prisoner Danilo Maldonado Machado “El Sexto” released after 10 months Without Trial
14Ymedio reports: “Danilo Maldonado, El Sexto, was released Tuesday after 10 months in detention in the prison of Valle Grande. Around 10 am, an officer entered the cell where the artist was detained and informed him to collect all his personal belongings. ‘I was handcuffed and waited outside for ‘the negotiator’ and that’s when they said […]
Via The Stream: Cuban Artist Still in Prison for Painting Names on Pigs
Cuban artist in prison for painting leaders’ names on pigs Cuban artist “El Sexto” is in prison for painting the words “Fidel” and “Raul” on pigs. He was accused of “disrespecting the leaders of the Revolution”. We spoke with his mother after authorities refused to release him on Thursday. Posted by The Stream on Saturday, […]
According to the mother of Danilo Maldonado Machado, aka “El Sexto,” if he is not released from prison today, as promised by the Cuban government, he will resume his hunger strike. #FreeElSexto Cover photo by: Hana JakrlovaPhotographerwww.hanajakrlovaphoto.com
Cuban Regime Intensifies Repression Against Pro-Democracy Group UNPACU
The following is a compilation of recent reports by Jose Daniel Ferrer, ex 75 political prisoner, and executive secretary of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU): From Sunday September 20th to date the dictatorship of the Castro brothers in Cuba has intensified repression against UNPACU. The courageous action of two members of our organization and […]
Valle Grande Prison From the “cell” (of punishment) September 16, 2015… Where I am there is little light and I am in my underwear because I do not want to wear the prison uniform. They give me a mattress for 5 or 6 hours at night. I only drink water and there will be no […]
UNPACU publishes list of 142 activists arrested during Pope’s visit to Cuba
The following report was issued by the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU), a Santiago de Cuba based pro-democracy organization that has activists throughout the island: List of the human rights defenders that the Pope “did not know were repressed” during his visit to Cuba. Following are the names and some other information on members of […]
Names of Activists Arrested after Receiving Pope Francis Blessing in Havana
As broadcast in Univision, “state security officers took away by force” four human rights activists “seeking to communicate with Pope Francis as the pontiff headed to his first Mass in Cuba on Sunday.” In fact, “one of them managed to approach the Popemobile and receive a blessing from Pope Franic before being pulled away by […]
In a Photographer’s Own Words: “I Have A Dream: The Ladies in White”
I have a dream: Ladies in White By Hana Jakrlova I feel sorry for the Pope for not meeting the dissidents while in Cuba. Going to Damas de Blanco (Ladies in White) silent march in Havana was the strongest experience of my visit in the country. Growing up in communist Czechoslovakia, there was an on-going sense of […]
Social and Political “Cleansing” in Anticipation of Pope’s Cuba Visit
Miami, FL – Over the course of the last 48 hours The Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba (FHRC) and the Cuban American National Foundation (CANF) have been receiving disturbing reports from Cuba regarding the temporary arrests, harassment and intimidation on the part of Cuba’s state security apparatus towards human rights activists. This is in […]
Miami, FL – As His Holiness Pope Francis prepares to embark on his first official papal visit to Cuba this coming weekend, the Cuban American National Foundation (CANF) and the Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba (FHRC) feel obliged to provide a glimpse into a Cuba His Holiness will not be exposed to, willingly, by […]
REPORT FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST 2015 LADIES IN WHITE MOVEMENT August 2, 2015: March 647 on Saturday August 1 began with the besieging of the homes of Ladies in White members, 6 were arrested before mass at Santa Rita Church of Cascia Miramar Beach, 52 attended mass, then completed the march down 5th Avenue. […]
VICE News: “Cuban Political Activists Still Face Arrest and Detention”
According to a recent post in VICE News, “in Havana’s Central Park, visitors have the opportunity to enjoy an idyllic Cuban scene: dashing men in white shirts and straw hats, elderly women in flowery skirts making cigars, children chasing soccer balls through the well-tended grass, and classic American cars with gaudy paint jobs making their rounds.” […]
ALERT: “El Sexto” along with other Havana Prisoners Promised Freedom Today…Denied Thus Far
(Drawing by Danilo Maldonado “El Sexto” from Valle Grande Prison, Havana, Cuba) According to Danilo Maldonado Machado aka El Sexto’s family and fellow activists, Cuban State Security had promised Danilo would be released from Valle Grande prison in Havana this morning, August 24th, at approximately 10 am ET, after having served almost 8 months in […]
First Hand Repression Account by a Cuban Human Rights Activist
Sunday August 16, 2015 Movimiento Opositores por una Nueva Republica.Movimiento Democracia,Todos Somos Resistencia Orlando Zapata Tamayo. This Sunday 16 August repression continued unabated. Beatings, arrests, insults and acts of repudiation against the Ladies in White and the activists supporting them in their claim for the release of all political prisoners and the cessation of all […]
San Juan Declaration from the First Cuban National Encounter
Below is the full, translated statement released after the first Cuban National Encounter in San Juan, Puerto Rico on August 15, 2015 (translated by FHRC): “Between August 13 and 15, 2015, the first Cuban National Encounter was held in San Juan, Puerto Rico. 23 organizations from the island and 32 from exile participated, duly represented […]
NPC to Kerry: Freedom of Press and “Connecting Cuba” Should Be Cornerstones
Print and broadcast outlets in Cuba are entirely under the control of the Communist government, according to CPJ. Local law requires that reporting must be "in accordance with the goals of the socialist society."
A Sunday with The Ladies in White: Demanding Human Rights in Cuba
As published in Diario de Cuba, “The seventeenth Sunday of repression against the Ladies in White will be remembered perhaps by the imminent opening of the US embassy in Havana and a performance proposed by the Forum for Rights and Freedoms.” “The Sunday routine is as follows: The Ladies leave Mass at Santa Rita at […]
“MARCH MADNESS” IN HAVANA: ONGOING REPRESSION MET WITH INCREASED SOLIDARITY BY CUBA’S HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS
Miami, FL – For the sixteenth consecutive Sunday, the Ladies in White movement reported excessive repression and politically motivated arrests as a response to their weekly, nonviolent marches in Havana. According to Ladies in White Leader, Berta Soler, “after the Sunday march and gathering in Ghandi Park, more than ninety activists and Ladies in White […]
Twenty One Years Later, Horrors of Cuban Tugboat Massacre Loom over Cuban Government
Miami, FL – The Cuban American National Foundation (CANF) and the Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba (FHRC), would like to remember and highlight victims of the “Cuban Tugboat Massacre,” an event that took place 21 years ago this Monday July 13th, 2014. The incident occurred seven miles off Cuban shores, opposite the port of […]
Release: List of Political Prisoners Still Serving Unjust Time in Cuban Jails Whose Families Receive Monthly Humanitarian Support from CANF & FHRC
UPDATED (February 19th, 2016): See updated list below. UPDATED (January 6th, 2016): #54 Vladimir Morera Bacallao Morera is no longer on hunger Strike. #7 Yuselín Ferrera sentence completed. #48 Eliover Quevedo sentence completed. #53 Rafael Felipe sentence completed. In addition, the Foundation has updated the list below to include the following additional political prisoners currently serving unjust time in Cuban prisons: #20 […]
Noche Tropical’s Tropicana 2020 featuring Willy Chirino On Sale Now!
Noche Tropical presents Tropicana 2020 is coming back in a very big way! On Saturday, October 24th, 2015, please join us for a magical night featuring a performance by the one and only Willy Chirino. Come celebrate with us as we raise much needed funding for our cause: empowering Cuba’s civil society to build a […]
The Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba has published its 2014 Annual Report. The following are excerpts from the Report: “Cuba’s civil society once again made historical strides in 2014, led by human rights defenders and human rights groups supported by the Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba (FHRC). In effect, 2014 was another banner […]
As published in El Nuevo Herald, “unsatisfied with being a successful private businessman in Cuba, Gilberto Valladares dabbled in what the capitalist countries call ‘corporate social responsibility’ and has changed the face of a grim neighborhood of Old Havana.” The article goes on to say that “Papito” Valladares, as he is popularly known, “left his […]
Cuban human rights activist receives 2015 Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom
Washington, D.C. – This morning, The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation presented the 2015 Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom to Cuban human rights activist Guillermo Fariñas Hernández and Russian journalist and human rights activist Alexandr Podrabinek. Past recipients of the award include Hon. Donald Rumsfeld, William F. Buckley, Jr and Pope John Paul II. “It is our honor and privilege […]
“We All March” campaign aims to support opposition in Cuba
According to Diario de Cuba, “Given the harsh repression of the regime against the marches of the Ladies in White during the last several weekends, Cuban activists inside and outside the island have decided to promote a lobbying campaign on social networks to denounce the violation of human rights in Cuba.” The Diario adds that, […]
Cuban regime practices largest number of arrests in last ten months
According to Diario de Cuba, “In May, the Cuban regime realized ‘641 arbitrary arrests for political reasons, across Cuba.” This, according to the monthly report on repression by the opposition group, Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN). In addition, according to the CCDHRN, “it is the highest figure in the last ten […]
El Sexto dedicates Vaclev Havel prize to Ladies in White and fellow creatives Ángel Santiesteban, Tania Bruguera
As published in Diario de Cuba, “Cuban artist Danilo Maldonado (El Sexto), imprisoned for five months, was honored Wednesday at the 2015 Oslo Freedom Forum, where he was given in absentia the Václav Havel International Prize for Creative Dissent, awarded by the Human Rights Foundation (HRF).” The ceremony was broadcast live. “El Sexto was awarded […]
Political Prisoner Danilo “El Sexto” Maldonado’s Drawings from Cuban Prison
Danilo Maldonado Machado aka “El Sexto,” has been incarcerated in Havana’s Valle Grande Prison since last December, without trial, for attempting an artistic performance involving two live pigs with the names “Raul” and “Fidel” printed on the side, which were to be released in Havana’s Central Park. Below are some sketches this Cuban “artivist” and […]
Visual Artists Guild Annual Award Dinner Honoring The Ladies in White: Keynote by Berta Soler
Visual Artists Guild Cordially invite you to our Annual Award Dinner & Commemoration of the 26th Anniversary of Tiananmen Massacre In the spring of 1989, Beijing erupted with the largest spontaneous demonstrations the Peoples’ Republic of China had witnessed in its 40-year history. The pro-democracy movement quickly spread to over 40 cities around China before […]
Cuesta Morua’s request to Hollande: Meet with the Ladies in White & Open Space coalition
According to the digital daily Diario de Cuba, “opposition [leader] Manuel Cuesta Morua, spokesman for the Arco Progressive Party, asked French President Francois Hollande during its visit to Cuba to meet with representatives of the Ladies in White and members of the coalition Open Space of Cuba’s civil society, in order ‘to share other views […]
Watch the Our Voices Resonate: Women and Human Rights conference online now
On March 19th, 2015 the Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba (FHRC), along with Florida International University’s Latin American and Caribbean Center (FIU-LACC) came together to bring to South Florida the inaugural conference on women and human rights in Latin America and the Caribbean: Our Voices Resonate. The event was a tremendous success and became […]
Hundreds of Cuba’s human rights activists face political oppression, arrests, just last month
According to the PanAm Post and the latest CCDHRN reports, “Cuban security forces made 338 politically motivated arrests during April alone. While the figure is lower than that registered in March, April saw other forms of political repression increase, especially against dissident group Ladies in White.” In addition, the commission reported that in “April we’ve […]
Interview with Laritza Diversent, independent lawyer and Cubalex director
In an interview with CubaNet, Laritza Diversent, lawyer and director of the Center for Legal Information Cubalex, declared that the organization is “an office that specializes in human rights issues, focusing on national law and the conventions of international law to which Cuba supposedly protects. We try to document violations of human rights, but our […]
Freedom House: Cuba among “The Worst of the Worst” on latest Freedom of the Press report
According, Martí News, “In its annual report, released on Wednesday, the group Freedom House said press freedom in the world in the past year is at its lowest point in over 10 years. Only one in seven people live in countries where coverage of political news was solid, the safety of journalists is guaranteed and […]
Neighbors rally around opposition candidate in outskirts of Havana, Cuba
(Photo, 14yMedio) According to Martí News, Yuniel O’farrill López, a delegate of the pro-democracy group Cuban Independent & Democratic (CID), in Arroyo Naranjo, who participated as a candidate in elections for the Municipal Assembly of People’s Power, was supported by his neighbors when pro-regime sympathizers attempted a public “act of repudiation” against the candidate after he was […]
Violent acts of repudiation against Havana’s Ladies in White & other human rights activists in Cuba
(Photo Angel Moya) According to reports by various human rights activists in Cuba and the Spanish digital daily Diario de Cuba, “more than fifty Ladies in White were arrested Sunday by Castro’s police after their regular march in Havana”. “Besides the women, [the regime] also reportedly arrested several men who accompanied them. The two groups were […]
Panama Summit Hip-Hop Concert: Cuba’s independent artists risk the little they have for freedom
Following is an excerpt from the PanAm Post, regarding the artists which participated in last week’s electric independent Cuban hip-hop concert, which took place in Panama the night before the Official VII Summit of the Americas was set to begin: “We’re here to risk the little we have for freedom. That’s how Cuban hip-hop artist […]
VII Summit of the Americas: Recommendations from Cuban civil society
The following document, “Recommendations from the Cuban democratic civil society with respect to the mandates for the action of the Seventh Summit of the Americas” is signed by members of the delegation, and signifies an agreement of Cuban civil society present during the VII Summit the Americas: Recommendations from the Cuban democratic civil societyregarding the […]
Cuba’s human rights activists in Panama forum call for unity of the opposition
According to El Nuevo Herald, “Cuban activist Manuel Cuesta Morua called on Wednesday for unity within the Cuban opposition, to improve its outreach to the public and increase their impact, during a forum prior to the Summit of the Americas in Panama on human rights.” In addition, “Morúa made public a document addressed to the […]
Press Release: FHRC Announces Delegates attending the VII Summit of the Americas
Miami, FL – The Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba (FHRC), has combined efforts and resources with the Cuban Soul Foundation (CSF) and the Cuban American National Foundation (CANF) to assist the independent Cuban civil society to be represented in the VII Summit of the Americas to take place in the City of Panama, Panama, […]
Panama Summit: Youth calls to fight against fear and self-censorship
According to 14yMedio, “The Second Regional Youth and Democracy Forum started Monday in Panama City with the challenge of becoming a ‘dialogue space for young student leaders, social and political movements in the region’. The meeting, which runs until Tuesday and is organized by the Latin American Youth for Democracy Network (RLJD), is held in […]
FHRC / FSU Panama Conference 2015: The Road Ahead in the Struggle for Human Rights, Citizen Participation, and Durable Democracy
The Road Ahead in the Struggle for Human Rights, Citizen Participation, and Durable Democracy Program Agenda Wednesday, April 8, 2015 A Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba Conference Florida State University-Panama Campus, City of Knowledge Convention Center, Building E184, Room #108 8:30 am Registration 9:00 […]
Letter written by Danilo “El Sexto” Maldonado to fellow artivist Tania Bruguera from a Cuban prison #FreeElSexto
The following has been transcribed and translated from Danilo Maldonado’s original handwritten letter pictured below: Tania B.: Although we do not know each other well both know about the work of the other. I admire your work and recognize it as an honor that you visit me. I do not know how long I will […]
Communique : Parallel summit in Cuba with members of democratic civil society
The following communique was sent from Cuba and translated from Spanish: Cuba, March 23, 2015 Communique A group of organizations involved in various civic and political platforms in Cuba will conduct a Parallel Summit on the island, connected with the Civil Society Summit in Panama and the Parallel Summit that democratic organizations of Cuban civil […]
Our Voices Resonated: Inaugural conference on Women’s & Human Rights in Latin America
The following excerpts are from an article written by Yusnaby Pérez (translated from Spanish) for the digital daily CubaNet, with respect to the inaugural conference “Our Voices Resonate” on women and human rights in Latin America and the Caribbean. The conference was produced by the Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba (FHRC) and the Center […]
Berta Soler strengthens leadership with Ladies in White
According to Diario de Cuba, “The Ladies in White closed the vote for the recall on Wednesday called by Berta Soler to decide her continuation as national representative of the organization.” In the Havana capital, “79 women voted for Soler and 6 against. One ballot was annulled, according to information released by activists who observed […]
Cuban teacher promotes derision against 8 year old student
According to Diario de Cuba, the “President of the Central Opposition Coalition, Damarys Moya, reported that a teacher at the Pepito Tey School of Santa Clara, attended by her 8 year old daughter, promoted mockery against the girl for refusing to write a letter to the five spies.” In a statement to the Spanish daily, […]
Registration now open for inaugural women’s conference: Our Voices Resonate
JOIN US FOR A UNIQUE ONE-DAY EVENT WE WILL BE HOSTING IN PARTNERSHIP WITH FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY’S LATIN AMERICAN & CARIBBEAN CENTER TITLED “OUR VOICES RESONATE: WOMEN AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN” EVENT DETAILS: WHEN: Thursday, March 19, 2015 TIME: 9am – 4pm (day will be broken up into sessions) – […]
Statement by The Ladies in Whita Laura Pollan Movement: 209 women in favor of Berta Soler
The following is a statement released earlier today by Ladies in White Member Magaly Otero Suárez: Havana, Cuba.- February 27, 2015. StatementMovement Ladies in White Laura Pollan. We, members of the Ladies in White Laura Pollan Movement, publicly declare our full support to our leader Berta Soler Fernández, and we reaffirm our confidence in her leadership […]
Statement regarding recently assaulted Ladies in White member Digna Rodríguez Ibáñez
The Following translated statement was released today by Ladies in White leader Berta Soler regarding fellow member Digna Rodríguez Ibáñez: We can not fail to overlook the magnitude of the last act of vandalism ordered and directed by member agents of the Department of State Security against the Lady in White Digna Rodríguez Ibáñez from the delegation […]
Ladies in White leader Berta Soler announces “recall referendum”
As reported in Translating Cuba and 14ymedio, “during a press conference Sunday afternoon, Berta Soler, leader of the Ladies in White, announced that a recall referendum would be held within the organization to define her continuity at the head of this Human Rights movement.” “Surrounded fifty Ladies in White, Soler read a statement to several foreign […]
UNPACU lanches a campaign to recruit “massive” number of activists in Cuba
The Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) has issued the following press release: ***************************** February 16, 2015 The Patriotic Union of Cuba, UNPACU, has as a main objective to recruit, capacitate, train and lead in a nonviolent struggle the largest possible number of Cubans in order to achieve the democratization of our beloved and beautiful country, […]
Dagoberto Valdés: “Sowing seeds of democracy in Cuba”
"Also U.S. companies may be able to export phone, computer and internet technologies" mentions Valdés while educating local Cubans on the new relations, many of whom remain largely disconnected from outside news...
Underground network administrators offer to “Connect Cuba”
: "Throughout the capital there are many clandestine networks, the government has never taken any steps to try to legalize or encourage their growth, on the contrary, have always taken measures that go against its massification.
Group of nonviolent activists pummeled by Cuban state security
According to Martí News, “more than twenty opposition activists from the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) were physically beaten on Thursday February 5th by forces of [Cuban] State Security in the Santiago locality of Palma Soriano.” According to testimony from the victims themselves “nine of them were taken to the local police station.” The incident […]
In Cuba we have learned very well our duties but not our rights
Yoani Sánchez recently conducted a sit down interview in Havana with Cuban artist Tania Bruguera, whose #yotambiénexijo project is generating lots of buzz on social media as well as some serious retaliation by the Cuban dictatorship. Bruguera is currently awaiting legal action by local authorities for attempting to conduct the artistic performance on December 30th of […]
El Nuevo Herald interviews “El Crítico”, Cuban rapper & human rights activist
The Cuban rapper Ángel Yunier Remón Arzuaga, known as ‘El Crítico’ is the only musician who “formed part of the list of 53 political prisoners released at the request of the United States,” according to the interview published today in El Nuevo Herald. Below are some excerpts from the full interview: “After a journey of nearly […]
Open Internet for all Cubans: The yearning grows in the new year.
Cuba continues to have "one of the lowest internet penetration rates in the world, and has as one of its greatest challenges the improvement of telecommunications in order to jump into the 21st century..."
Freedom House: Cuba only country without liberty in the Americas
According to Martí News, the watchdog organization for freedoms throughout the world, Freedom House, has given Cuba a rating of 6.5 points in its “Freedom in the World 2015 report”, which places the island in a group of countries where the situation of political rights and civil liberties is slightly better than the absolute “worst countries.” […]
Increase in arbitrary detentions of human rights activist being reported
According to CubaNet, “more than fifty organizations including Cuban dissidents living inside and outside the island complained that repression remains and arbitrary arrests of human rights activists have increased in the last month, since the government of President Barack Obama announced that diplomatic relations with Cuba would resume, reports AP.” The article goes on to […]
Performance artist Tania Bruguera meets with Ladies in White: Thanks them for support.
According to Diario de Cuba, performance artist Tania Bruguera participated last Sunday “during the weekly meeting of the Ladies in White at the end of their peaceful march down Fifth Avenue in Havana,” confirmed by Ladies in White leader Berta Soler. Soler explained that Bruguera made an “act of presence” during the weekly reunion to […]
"less than an hour after the forum-debate on the 'informatization' of Cuban society in an official Cuban site began, only three or four responses were allowed before an avalanche of comments were posted.
FHRC releases names of key political prisoners in Cuba.
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 […]
Three Kings Day events benefit more than 1000 children across Cuba.
Between late December 2014 and early January 2015, The Ladies in White along with several other activist groups in Cuba organized multiple Three Kings Day events across the island, including Havana, Matanzas, Santiago de Cuba, Holguin, Palma Soriano, Guantanamo, and Santa Clara. In total over 1000 children benefited from the events which included toys, food, […]
While the "open internet" issue continues to be raised, very few Cubans have only "sporadic Internet access", primarily at institutions or research centers such as the University of Information Sciences (UCI).
Cubans have to go to extremes just to get Internet connection.
The article mentions that "in 2013, only 3.4 percent of Cuban households were connected to the Internet, according to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), which rates the connectivity of countries."
Dozens of Cuban activists detained on International Human Rights Day.
According to The Miami Herald, “Cuban police broke up a demonstration by about 30 dissidents in central Havana on International Human Rights Day, taking away some of them in cars.” El Nuevo Herald meanwhile reported that “dozens of activists from various opposition groups, including the leader of the Ladies in White, Berta Soler, and her husband, […]
Three human rights defenders including Sonia Garro released.
According to Diario de Cuba, “Dissidents Sonia Garro, Ramón Alejandro Muñoz and Eugenio Hernández were released Tuesday afternoon and are in their homes, where they will await trial.” “It’s a change of injunction. We are waiting for the trial at home but do not know when it is,” said Sonia Garro to the daily. Garro […]
Yoani Sánchez & 14yMedio team have frank conversation with New York Times writer Ernesto Londoño in Havana.
According to the independent Havana based digital newspaper 14ymedio, “Ernesto Londoño, who is responsible for the six editorials on Cuba recently published by The New York Times, had a friendly conversation last Saturday with the team of 14ymedio in the hotel where he is staying in Havana.” The journalist declined to be interviewed because “the rules […]
Cuban family stages bold protest on Havana’s streets.
As described in a Martí News article, a short video has appeared on YouTube, depicting “a Cuban family paralyzing traffic on a Havana street, in protest of being evicted from their home in the Mayabeque province.” The images show a mother screaming in tears “because her daughters have gone eight months without being able to […]
Trio of UNPACU activists receive prison sentences. Repression against independent group increases.
According to Martí News, “repression against the opposition group Patriotic Union of Cuba … especially in the east of the country, has increased.” Additionally, a total of three activist members of UNPACU “received confirmation of their sentences imposed by the Provincial Court of Guantanamo on Wednesday.” The condemned include “Yoelkis Rosabal, 31 years old, sentenced […]
Video: Ladies in White visit Havana slum with ‘Extendiendo Nuestras Manos’ program.
The following video shows an activity by the Ladies in White and their ‘Extendiendo Nuestras Manos‘ project during which they visited a poor neighborhood in Havana, Los Pocitos. They went from house to house in the marginalized neighborhood to give children a complete change of clothing and shoes:
According to Mary Anastasia O’Grady in The Wall Street Journal, “Western cultures don’t approve of human trafficking, which the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines as ‘organized criminal activity in which human beings are treated as possessions to be controlled and exploited.’” Yet it’s hard to find any journalist, politician, development bureaucrat or labor activist anywhere in the […]
Amnesty International on Sonia Garro: Fair trial must go ahead without further delay
The following statement was released by Amnesty International today: CUBA: FAIR TRIAL MUST GO AHEAD WITHOUT FURTHER DELAY Further information on UA: 215/12 Index: AMR 25/004/2014 Cuba Date: 6 November 2014 URGENT ACTION fair trial must go ahead without further delay Following three postponements, the trial of two government critics and their neighbour is set […]
Black spring activists demand right to travel abroad.
Twelve of Cuba’s “Black Spring” activists who remain on the island have asked the Minister of Justice to clarify what their legal status is and to restore their political and civil rights, including their right to travel. In a letter signed on Wednesday October 29th, Marta Beatriz Roque Cabello, demanded on behalf of her brothers […]
Save the Date! On November 20th, 2014 the FHRC will return as “Give Miami Day” Participants.
The Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba (FHRC) has been approved to participate for the second year in a row on Give Miami Day, where select Miami nonprofits will benefit from the Greater Miami community’s growing generosity on one specific day of online giving. The digital event will take place on: NOVEMBER 20TH, 2014 Donations […]
Mr. Guillermo Fariñas, winner of the Sakharov Prize from the European Parliament, spoke today before the Senate of the United States of Mexico, pursuant to an invitation by members of the parliament. In his appearance, Mr. Fariñas noted the falsity of the so-called reforms in Cuba, the Castro regime’s continued repression against domestic opposition, and […]
On Monday afternoon a representation of Cuban jurists participated in the hearing of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) in Washington D.C. Lawyers Laritza Diversent and Barbara Estrabao, from the Legal Information Center, Cubalex, took the floor to explain the human rights situation of persons deprived their liberty in Cuba. The “excessive overcrowding and […]
Noche Tropical Presents Tropicana 2020: A “Noche” to Remember
On Saturday October 18th, 2014, the Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba (FHRC) hosted the eighth annual Noche Tropical fundraising gala and auction. The theme this year was “Tropicana 2020,” both an homage to when Cuba was free and a glimpse to when Cuba will be free again… As guests poured into the modern yet […]
Important meeting of human rights activists takes place in Havana
According to 14yMedio, on Thursday September 25, “there was an important meeting in Havana of civil society members with the participation of 16 activists from around the country, including five former prisoners of the 2003 Black Spring.” The article continues, “At the center of the debate were the four minimum points that have gained strength among […]
Interview with Berta Soler of the Ladies in White: “I walk with the truth”
According to CUBANET, “Berta Soler, leader of the Ladies in White Laura Pollan Movement, guides the walk every Sunday along Fifth Avenue in the Miramar district of Havana. The women who often number more than 100, walk quietly. Hieratic and carrying gladiolas as a sign of resistance, at the end of each walk and choir, they […]
Apostolic Harbinger describes the absolute poverty and degradation of Cuban people
According to Martí News “Archbishop Bruno Musaró, Apostolic Harbinger in Cuba, stated that ‘only freedom can give hope to the Cuban people ‘, commenting on the situation on the island after the Mass he celebrated at San Pio of Pietrelcina Park in the Italian city of Castro Marina.” The local newspaper Lecce News24, quoted the […]
In spite of Cuba’s currency unification, prices remain astronomical.
According to El Nuevo Herald “The long transition to currency unification in Cuba has taken a major step with the acceptance of Cuban pesos in most retail stores, in a country where previously items could only be paid for in foreign currency, a measure that is yet to solve the serious problem of high commodity […]
The inaugural scholarship program “Somos un Solo Pueblo” launched by the Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba (FHRC) and Miami Dade College, has finished its first phase for a group of young men and women who shared their experiences with TV Martí:
Cuban doctors in Venezuela desperate to reach U.S. soil
According to the Los Angeles Times, “worsening conditions in Venezuela are causing increasing numbers of Cuban medical personnel working there to immigrate to the United States under a special program that expedites their applications, according to Colombian officials who help process many of the refugees.” The article cites U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services statistics in which […]
According to independent journalist, Henry Constantin Ferreiro, yesterday, Camagüey's streets were "full of people with heart and against the rainfall, not in fear of losing work, school or their future."
"Internet service is offered to foreign visitors or foreign legal persons with permanent or temporary residence in Cuba. At the moment this service is not offered to Cuban individuals (...), nor the Cuban residential sector."
Cuba’s Patriotic Union signs alliance in the Isle of Pines
Cuba’s Patriotic Union (UNPACU), established mainly in Santiago de Cuba, but with representation in many provinces of the island, has signed an alliance with the Cuban opposition group Pinero Autonomous Party (PAP) in the Isle of Pines. José Daniel Ferrer, executive secretary of UNPACU said to Martí News that “the intention is to expand UNPACU within the […]
According to Havana based independent blogger, Yusnaby Pérez, “Every day I open the Granma newspaper (not hard, since it’s only 4 pages), and I find an article (edited, re-edited, published by another journalist, etc.) about ‘the recent discovery that USAID has infiltrated Peruvians into Cuba to destabilize the country ‘and that this is a threat […]
How exactly does Cuba’s government control the foreign press?
According to the recent article by Yoani Sánchez in the Havana based, independent digital newspaper, 14ymedio, she “got to know a Cuba-based foreign correspondent who shared an absurd and revealing anecdote.” It started with a call from “the International Press Center (CPI), who phoned him with a warning about the content of an article. “ The […]
Journalist returns to Cuba after six months of Miami “detox”
Henry Constantin, a Cuban independent journalist assured the AFP that living in Miami for 6 months, where he participated in a student program alongside 16 other Cubans, served to “detoxify” himself of the “lack of hope” in Cuba, and that it helped him to return to Cuba with the energy to fight for change. “This […]
According to El Nuevo Herald, the U.S. government “energetically condemned Monday the arrest of approximately one hundred members of Cuban opposition group The Ladies in White, occurring this past Sunday in Havana.” The activists were arrested by “dozens of uniformed police and civil agents, in the middle of a contra-manifestation of communist government followers while […]
Insights into a Cuban system of “Travel Repression”
Although the Cuban system of repression against human rights defenders seems to be routinely modified, it follows a well-defined strategy to prohibit travel abroad for certain dissidents. As part of this plan, they routinely execute the following actions: False accusations leading to preemptive measures, such as unjustified arrest, on the eve of a trial without […]
After six months of intensive courses at Miami Dade College (MDC), students of Somos un Solo Pueblo were rewarded with a three day trip to Washington D.C. From the moment they set foot in the U.S. capital the students were overwhelmed with positive emotion. According to Marti News, they rushed through breakfast “joking and taking pictures at […]
United States offering new scholarships for Cuban students
According to El Nuevo Herald ” The State Department is offering U.S. $ 1.2 million to bring between 75 and 100 Cuban students between 9th and 12th grade for ‘leadership’ sessions in the U.S., adding to the growing efforts to provide more educational opportunities for young people on the island.” As stated in the article, […]
FHRC holds press conference, releases report on new Cuban Foreign Investment Law
On Friday, May 9th, the Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba (FHRC) held a press conference to unveil its latest special report titled “Foreign Investment in Socialist Cuba: Uncertain Real Profits for Foreign Capital and Continued Exploitation of the Labor Force.” Specific findings of the report, authored by Dr. José Álvarez, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor, University of […]
Latest photos and video from Extending our Hands: A community program for Cuba’s Children
On Saturday, May 3rd, at the headquarters of the Ladies in White in central Havana, 22 children and 2 infants along with some of their mothers, gathered to take part in the latest “Extending our Hands” community event. The afternoon included a few hours of entertainment, fun, and a peaceful community exchange. The Ladies in […]
Warning issued on new foreign investment law in Cuba
According to a recent Miami Herald article “a senior member of the Canadian Parliament has issued a warning about the new investment law in Cuba, saying that one of its constituents has been imprisoned on the island since 2011, without trial, and has been offered leniency if questionable debts are paid. “ Peter Kent, Chairman of […]
Lady in White Liberated by her Peers & other Activists. Gallardo Continues Marching Peacefully Despite Ongoing Repression.
Following the arbitrary detention of Lady in White Aide Gallardo Salazar, and thanks to the presence of 23 members of the Ladies in White along with 17 other human rights activists, Gallardo was released on bail from a pending summary trial in the Municipal Court of Marianao with a deposit of 200 Cuban pesos ($6 […]
LADY IN WHITE AIDE GALLARDO TO FACE SUMMARY TRIAL WITHIN 72 HOURS
Havana, Cuba – Within 72 hours of her arrest, Lady in White member, Aide Gallardo will face a summary trial in the Mariano Court at 8am on Thursday, April 24th. Both Gallardo and her husband, activist Figueredo Angel Castellon, are currently in prison claiming for their immediate freedom. The couple has been charged with “contempt” […]
Ladies in White Surprise Kids and Moms During Holiday Week in Cuba
For the past few years, on the Day of Epiphany in January, The Ladies in White, along with other human rights groups throughout Cuba, gather neighborhood children and their families to hand out presents and snacks as a way of providing hope and a tiny “light in a dark place” for Cuba’s future generation. Unfortunately, […]
BBC Reports on Increased “Frustration” in Island of the Disconnected
According to a recent BBC News report in Cuba on the limits of internet access, although it could be somewhat a welcomed change for international tourists looking to disconnect temporarily "for Cubans who actually live on this island...
More than two hundred Ladies in White march through Cuba’s streets on Palm Sunday
The following report by Cuba’s Ladies in White describe their peaceful marches on Palm Sunday, April 13th, 2014: ACTIVITY: No. 578 DATE: SUNDAY 13 APRIL 2014 This past Palm Sunday, April 13, 2014, 215 Ladies in White participated in their peaceful march, demanding the release of all political prisoners and respect for human rights. In […]
Earlier this week, U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following statement on Cuba: “M. President, as the attention of the world has been focused on the pre-1991 Soviet behavior of President Putin in Crimea – I come to the floor to remind the American public and members of […]
Cuba Internet Access is About More Than the World Wide Web
Imagine a life in which your access to information is censored. Imagine if the act of sending an email could get you thrown in prison. Imagine that simply being able to browse the web is a practically impossible and potentially dangerous activity. This is the reality of life for the Cuban people every day. Their […]
How Cubans Are Using Thumb Drives to Spread Web Access via Fusion
The Connect Cuba campaign was featured in a Fusion Live report earlier this week. According to the new Univision / ABC News venture aimed at engaging U.S. Hispanic millennials, the recent headlines on the "Cuban Twitter"...
“Cuban Twitter” discreetly created by US Government to give social media access to Cuban People
According to the recent Associated Press (AP) article US SECRETLY CREATED 'CUBAN TWITTER' TO STIR UNREST, the U.S. government's "plan was to develop a bare-bones 'Cuban Twitter,' using cellphone text messaging to evade Cuba's strict control of information...
ETECSA subscribers complain about a “scam” at the hand’s of Cuba’s telecom monopoly
According to a recent Martí News article "Activists and independent journalists who report on Twitter from their cell phones , have found in recent weeks that their tweets have never been published anywhere...
When You Encourage Cuban Students, You Offer Hope to the Next Generation
In the U.S., as in all politically free countries, the education system exists to offer an objective opportunity for learning and academic growth for all individuals. Schools are not permitted to discriminate using unjust criteria, curriculum is meant to be objectively informative and within the realm of higher education, debate and critical thinking is encouraged […]
Die Welt on FHRC Scholarship Program and “Educational Trip to Miami”
Last week, German reporters Thomas J. Spang and Uwe Schmitt flew to Miami to report first-hand on FHRC’s academic scholarship program “We Are One People.” Their article was published this past Sunday in Die Welt, a major German daily newspaper which can be obtained in more than 130 countries. Below is the English translation: EDUCATIONAL TRIP […]
Education around the world, is it equal? Unfortunately, no it is not. In some countries this inequality is worse than others. The only way to combat this discrepancy in education around the globe, is to raise awareness of the true state of education. Cuba is known as one of the most oppressed countries when it […]
Recently an official with the Cuban government-run monopoly ETECSA has revealed that in September Cubans will be able to access Internet from their homes through several connection packages. Those will range from 10 to 220 hours and prices will vary...
Jared Leto Shows Support for Activist “Dreamers” at Oscars
Academy Award® winner Jared Leto, used the spotlight after winning his supporting actor Oscar® for “Dallas Buyers Club,” this past Sunday evening to highlight the struggle of pro-democracy activists in Ukraine and Venezuela.
Senator Marco Rubio Delivers Floor Speech on Cuba & Venezuela
Earlier this week, following U.S. Senator Tom Harkin’s talk praising Cuba upon returning from his recent trip there, with no mention of the multiple human rights violations and constant oppression inflicted on the Cuban people by a totalitarian regime, Senator Marco Rubio took the floor and delivered this almost 15 minute speech on the reality of […]
Cuban Students lend their voices in support of Venezuelan students.
Members of FHRC’s “We are One People” or “Somos un solo pueblo” scholarship program have decided to lend their voices for the students struggling for freedom in Venezuela. Below is the video they created expressing their support in their own words. For more info on the SUSP program click here.
Below is a letter published in this weekend’s Miami Herald by FHRC Board Member Jorge Mas Santos. In the letter, Mr. Santos not only provides insight into the genesis of the Cuba Democracy program but also an ideal platform for discussion on why the program should not only be continued, but improved upon. Nonviolent human […]
What You Need to Know about the Fight for Freedom of Speech For Cubans
Five Things You Need to Know About the Lack of Freedom of Speech for Cubans 1. The Cuban government refuses to acknowledge the existence of independent media, outside of the island. The dictatorship wants their citizens only to view and read filtered information; which is what the government provides them with. 2. Activists and human […]
Learning How to Help Children in Cuba For the past few years, the Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba has been discovering how to help children in Cuba overcome unjust odds. Children should not have to live lives of fear and repression. Through a variety of initiatives, FHRC has been able to support Cuban children’s […]
The Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba has published its 2013 Annual Report. The following are excerpts from the Report: “Cuba’s civil society made historical strides in 2013, led by human rights defenders and human rights groups supported by the Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba (FHRC). In effect, 2013 may have been the most […]
CELAC 2014: Activism, Repression & an Important Meeting
January 29th, 2014 marked the end of the 2nd “Community of Latin American and Caribbean States” CELAC Summit hosted in Havana, Cuba. Amongst CELAC’s founding principles are the following: “Determined to build a common space in order to deepen political, economic, social and cultural integration of our region commitments and establish effective joint action to […]
How You can Team up With a Committed Cuban Social Change Organization
The Mission of a Cuban Social Change Organization The Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba is a Cuban social change organization that is working, on a daily basis, to empower the Cuban people in their quest for a democratic society, in which there are no violations of human rights. Under the current system in Cuba, […]
Bringing Cuban Human Rights Topics to the World’s Attention
The laws in Cuba are limiting to the natural rights of freedom of expression, association, movement, assembly, and even the freedom of speech in the press. Due process is also frequently denied, leading many to feel that current Cuban law is oppressive and unethical. Cuba may have been declared a “free” and independent nation on […]
This Cuban Fund for Nonviolence is Changing the Landscape
Here in the US, citizens take for granted the fact that government exists for their benefit and protection, and that it will always protect their basic human rights. In fact, we don’t even think twice about our freedom to travel, to speak openly, to associate with whomever we want, to write and publish material, or […]
A Cuban Nonprofit Organization Fighting for Justice
FHRC- An Active Cuban Nonprofit Organization FHRC (The Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba) is a Cuban nonprofit organization that was founded in 1992 and is working daily to fight for the rights of the Cuban people. The organization supports, promotes and initiates nonviolent activism to help put an end to the oppression that is […]
Generating Light in a Dark Place: The Cuban Ladies in White
The Cuban government has been accused of multiple counts of human rights violations and abuses including unfair trials and executions, torture, and unjust imprisonments. There are many political prisoners currently being held by the Cuban government, many for unfair or unjust reasons. Over the past few decades, Cuba has continued to imprison individuals for their […]
Be a Part of an Effective Cuba Human Rights Organization
One Cuba Human Rights Organization Worth Partnering With The Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba (FHRC) is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1992. This Cuba human rights organization has been working since its beginning to help Cuban civil society move towards a democratic and free state that does not tolerate the violation of […]
CCDHRN Report: Crackdown in Cuba before CELAC Summit
Below is a report released yesterday by the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) regarding the crackdown by the Cuban government before this week’s CELAC Summit. CUBAN COMMISSION FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND NATIONAL RECONCILIATION Communique Crackdown in Cuba several days before CELAC Summit 1. The Cuban government has unleashed a true political […]
Learn How to Help Cuba Are you interested in learning how to help Cuba? Do you realize that there are major problems facing the Cuban people and would like to help make a change but are not sure where to begin? Partnering with The Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba (FHRC) is a great place […]
Ladies in White Submit Letter to “First Ladies” present at the CELAC Summit
MEDIA ADVISORY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ladies in White Submit Letter to “First Ladies” present at the CELAC Summit Havana, Cuba – The Ladies in White “Laura Pollan” Movement has written an official letter, signed by Representative Berta Soler Fernandez, inviting all visiting “First Ladies” to this week’s CELAC summit in Cuba to also consider attending, along with the Ladies in White and other […]
The Fight for Freedom: How to Help the People in Cuba
A beautiful island in the Caribbean, Cuba is home to over 11 million people. Rich with history, the island is multiethnic and known for its diverse culture and celebrated traditions. Many tourists visit Cuba to enjoy the natural beauty of the island and its tropical climate. Though the nation may be beautiful, all is not […]
Freedom Lovers Incite Real Change Through This Fund for Nonviolence in Cuba
Castro’s Cuba has continued to systematically deny the basic rights to freedom of speech and assembly for its citizens and the world is beginning to take notice. Acts of unjustifiable government persecution against journalists, academic leaders and activists have now been documented by human rights organizations and the international community is calling for the Cuban […]
We believe that freedom of internet for Cubans is a cause worth fighting for because it would open the door for Cubans to exercise their freedom of speech. Although Cuba currently has a fully functional fiber optic cable with the ability to increase internet speeds 3,000 times its current rate, connection has been denied to […]
Bringing Cuban Human Rights Topics to the World’s Attention
The laws in Cuba are limiting to the natural rights of freedom of expression, association, movement, assembly, and even the freedom of speech in the press. Due process is also frequently denied, leading many to feel that current Cuban law is oppressive and unethical. Cuba may have been declared a “free” and independent nation on […]
Vendor Protest in Cuba Draws Crowd to the Streets of Holguin
According to various reports coming out of Cuba, hundreds, if not close to one thousand Cubans in Holguin took to the streets spontaneously yesterday to protest the eviction of private vendors from the marketplace. According to Diario de Cuba, “more than 150 police, 15 squad cars and a “paddywagon” were involved in the crackdown on […]
Fighting for Civil Rights in Cuba Civil rights in Cuba are fairly nonexistent. The Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba (FHRC) is working to change this reality. By finding effective ways to back civil rights groups in Cuba, the FHRC is striving daily to see a peaceful turn of events in this beautiful country. Our […]
A Cuba Social Change Organization That Is Making A Difference
The citizens of Cuba do not have the same basic freedoms that residents of other free countries around the world enjoy every day. Our Cuba social change organization is working to change that. The executive branch of the Cuban government is the branch that controls and determines all institutional structures and laws and all forms […]
Miami Herald Op-Ed “Thinking Allowed” Labels New FHRC Program “Innovative”
The Miami Herald published an editorial piece this past weekend, detailing FHRC’s latest educational program: “The innovative program called We Are One People has opened new doors on the path to higher education for 15 young Cubans at the biggest campus in the United States, Miami Dade College. Many of these students have been barred […]
As recently as September of this year, the Cuban government has refused to guarantee Cuban freedom of speech or peaceful assembly for native Cubans. They also have denied the right to free activity for human rights defenders, those in opposition to the government, and even independent journalists. The UN Human Right Council formulated 292 recommendations […]
The Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba is a non-profit, working to raise awareness of Cuban human rights issues and raise funding to support social change. One way the organization is working to achieve these goals is by providing direct support, in a variety of ways, to activist groups that are already working within Cuba. […]
There is an overwhelming desire among Cuba’s younger generation, for individual initiatives, independent civil society activities and networking that, unfortunately, have not been fulfilled by a Cuban system that lacks and/or inhibits institutions that can provide formal educational/training services on various types of professional/vocational skills required to successfully start independent, self-sustaining, socio-cultural, civic organizations, campaigns […]
SPECIAL REPORT: DAY OF EPIPHANY 2014 – CELEBRATION DESPITE REPRESSION
Activists celebrate “Reyes Magos” with community children despite launch of a repressive operation. FOLLOWING RAUL CASTRO’S SPEECH,CUBAN STATE SECURITY LAUNCHES A RUTHLESS, REPRESSIVE OPERATION AGAINST NON-VIOLENT ACTIVISTS OF “UNPACU” AND “LADIES IN WHITE” In the early morning hours of Friday January 3rd, members of Cuban State Security raided the house of Cuba’s Patriotic Union (UNPACU) […]
Connect Cuba: An Internet Campaign for the Cuban people
With the opening of the fiber optic cable from Venezuela to Cuba, it is clear that Cuba has the ability to provide much more access to the Internet for the Cuban people. However, to maintain a “monopoly of information,” the current regime continues to limit access to this precious medium.
Blogger Yoani Sánchez lamented recently in Prague that Cuba, although late to a democratic transition, will hopefully, in time, be a peaceful process based on dialogue. “Any transition based on words is much more durable than the traumatic transition based on weapons and violence.”
September 22nd, the Cuban Regime's political police assaulted the Ladies in White of Matanzas for the eleventh consecutive Sunday. After participating in their usual Sunday Mass, members of the iconic human rights group began a peaceful march that was disrupted by supporters of the Regime, led by State Security officers.
ecently, Guillermo “Coco” Fariñas spokesman of UNPACU in Las Villas, has launched a series of social campaigns to demand justice for those who have been wrongfully evicted, been victims to multiple human rights violations, exposed to government caused environmental pollution, as well as a series of other abuses that the dictatorship commits daily.
After hearing tales of Cuban government ministers for more than 54 years, it is clear that there are two distinct models that lead to two different nations. The dominant Cuban model of submission has destroyed the institutions and the productive capacity of the country as well as the ethical values of its citizens.
According to the new ranking of global economic competitiveness by the World Economic Forum released this week, Latin America is losing ground in the global economy and is not taking the necessary actions to avoid further losses.
Guillermo “Coco” Fariñas Hernández Visits Puerto Rico
The short 60 hours that Guillermo "Coco" Fariñas spent in Puerto Rico was sobering, intense, productive, motivating and vibrant. It has been the visit that the Cuban exiles in Puerto Rico needed and expected. He was able to dialogue with individuals of different ideologies and nationalities but always with one north, "a nonviolent change of government in Cuba."
In an impassioned letter to Nobel Peace Prize Committee Chairman, Thorbjorn Jagland, a delegation of United States Congressional Representatives submitted an official nomination request for The Ladies In White to be considered for the award.
Two of Cuba’s Largest Non-Violent Activist Groups Merge
On January 23rd and 28th of this year, the leaders of The Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) and the United Anti-Totalitarian Forum (FANTU) held two working meetings in order to establish a significant merger of two leading non-violent activist groups currently operating inside Cuba.
Amnesty International Declares Calixto Martínez Arias Prisoner of Conscience
On Wednesday, January 30 Amnesty International declared Cuban journalist, Calixto Martínez Arias, a prisoner of conscience and demanded that he be immediately released by Cuban authorities. He is currently imprisoned for reporting on the Cholera outbreak on the Island, an issue that the Cuban government finds "controversial."
Political Prisoner Count Doubles in Cuba Over the Last 10 Months
According to The Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation's (CCHRNR) recent reports , the number of political prisoners currently incarcerated in Cuba is at 90 individuals. This number has doubled from 45 prisoners since March of 2012, a span of only 10 months
Ladies in White are repressed, but do not quit in the fight for Human Rights
Every Sunday, the Ladies in White attend mass at Santa Rita Church in Miramar, Havana. Afterwards they march peacefully down Fifth Avenue with gladiolas in their hand. They are the only opposition group moderately tolerated by the government on the streets of the Island.
After Sunday mass and the long walk through Fifth Avenue, the Ladies in White, with more than 40 activists, arrived three blocks away from the Holy See in Old Havana. State security had to move aside and let them pass until they arrived at the house of Laura Pollan, former president of Ladies in White.
Ladies in White to participate in the pilgrimage of the Virgin of Charity
September 8th marks one year since Laura Pollán Toleda, alongside her daughter and a group of Ladies in White from the eastern part of the country, were verbally and physically assaulted outside the shrine of the Virgin of Charity of Cobre in Santiago of Cuba. These two women were taken prisoners and withheld for eleven hours in a police unit of that province.
Ladies in White: Sunday activities with intimidating surveillance
44 women of the Ladies in White Laura Pollán Movement attended mass at the church of Santa Rita de Casia, in Miramar, Havana, on Sunday. After the religious service, they made their usual march down 5th Avenue.
Hablemos Press alerts International Community regarding Human Rights Violations
The Hablemos Press Information Center is alerting International Organizations to call attention to the fact that from the 1st-14th of August, the Castro regime has arrested over 200 dissidentes in different regions of the country, and has searched at least 20 activists' homes.
CUBA: Some Acts of Political Repression in June 2012
In June 2012 we documented at least 427 arbitrary detentions for political reasons, a number slightly larger than the one recorded for the previous month. A disquieting fact remains the unequivocally increasing trend of the so called “low intensity” political repression acts and the negative consequences
The Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation reports the arbitrary detention of JOSE DANIEL FERRER GARCIA, an outstanding pro-democracy activist, at around 11 pm Monday 07/30/2012 in the province of Holguin.
The housing problem in Cuba is affecting a large part of the population. At a time when a member of the cultural resistance movement, Omni Zona Franca, is facing a likely eviction, a campaing called “Derecho al Techo” (Right to a Home) has formed. Watch this video for more information.
Jose Daniel Ferrer Garcia, National Coordinator for the Cuban Patriotic Union (UNPACU), was released from prison Sunday, April 29, 2012 after being detained for 27 days at the State Security Headquarters in Santiago de Cuba.
Human Rights Report from the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation
In March 2012 we were able to verify at least 1158 arbitrary detentions for political reasons: the highest number in a month in the last five decades, comparable only to the massive crackdowns throughout the country in April 1961, just after the Bay of Pigs invasion.
José Daniel Ferrer, a former prisoner of conscience of the Group of 75 (Cuba’s Black Spring) who lives in Palmarito de Cauto, Santiago de Cuba, and is the president of Unión Patriótica de Cuba (Cuba’s Patriotic Union, UNPACU), was arrested on April 2. Cuba’s political police forcefully took him out of his house and various electronic means for his activism were confiscated. He was taken to a State Security division at Versalles, Santiago de Cuba, where he has remained under arrest.
While the Castro regime banned human rights activists like the Ladies in White from participating in the recent Papal masses, they required other Cubans to attend by withholding pay from those who failed to show written and signed proof of attendance to their employer.
Ladies in White attend mass at El Cobre – Holy Week 2012
UNPACU: 12 Damas de Blanco attend mass at El Cobre National Sanctuary. 2 were able to attend mass Friday night and 8 attended Saturday The 6 detained were: Aurora Martín Calderín Miraida Martín Calderín Arelis Rodríguez Chacón Teresa Darroman López Yasnai Ferrer Santos Yelena Garcés Nápoles [threecol_one]Santiago de Cuba: Ana Celia Rodríguez Torres Omaglis Gonzalez […]
Statement from the Cuban Democratic Alliance (ALDECU)
This document is issued on behalf of the Cuban Democratic Alliance (ALDECU) forum with the intention of firmly condemning the violent crackdown unleashed in Santiago de Cuba Province in recent hours by the Castros’ totalitarian regime. This new onslaught is the immediate consequence of massive arbitrary measures taken by Cuban authorities and their agents during and after the recent visit to our country by His Holiness Benedict XVI.
Declaration from the Laura Pollan Ladies in White Movement
The members of the Laura Pollan Ladies in White Movement make a call to all organizations defending human rights, to democratic governments, and to public opinion to take urgent action to stop the brutalities of the Cuban regime against pro-democracy activists.
Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation Urgent Action
The Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation makes an urgent call to all organizations that defend fundamental human rights, to the community of democratic governments, and to the public, to express their condemnation or express concern regarding the crackdown unleashed yesterday, Monday, April 2, against peaceful dissidents in Santiago de Cuba province.
Over 30 Human Rights Activists Detained in Eastern Cuba
Political and national police assaulted activists in the home of Raumel Vinajera and Tania Monta Vasquez the afternoon of April 2, 2012, where at least 30 nonviolent activists were gathered in preparation for demonstrations.
The Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba (FHRC) has recieved a number of reports that Jose Daniel Ferrer, leader of the Cuban Patriotic Union (UNPACU), was attacked by Cuban government agents in his home today at around 4:00 PM. He was also at home with his wife and children.
FHRC Identifies Man who Yelled “Down with Communism” During Pope’s Mass
The Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba (FHRC) confirmed through Jose Daniel Ferrer and Alfonso Chaviano Pelaez from UNPACU, that the name of the individual who yelled “down with communism” during the Pope’s Mass in Santiago de Cuba is Andres Carrion Alvarez.
The Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation, as of 9 a.m. Tuesday, has been unable to identify the name of the young man who shouted slogans in favor of freedom and against communism before the Mass held by Pope Benedict 16th yesterday (Monday, March 26) in Santiago de Cuba.
Jose Daniel Ferrer Reports Over 55 Detentions in Eastern Cuba
Through a conversation with Jose Daniel Ferrer yesterday, FHRC received a report from Jose Daniel Ferrer regarding human rights activists detained in the eastern provinces of Cuba prior to the Pope's visit.
Next week, Pope Benedict XVI is coming here to Cuba, marking the first papal visit to my country in over a decade. During the planned three-day trip, His Holiness is set to meet with both Castro brothers and their subordinates, and to bring his spiritual message to the Cuban people.
45 Damas de Blanco Detained in Havana – March 18, 2012
As of this morning, 45 Damas de Blanco have been detained in Havana including Belkys Cantillo, Aimee Garces and Tania Montoya. 18 made it to Santa Rita church and are prepared to walk down Quinta Avenida according to Magalys Norvis Otero: +53.5237 7262 and Berta Soler.
Human Rights Activists Remain in State Security Custody
FHRC spoke with Rosaida Ramirez and Rogelio Tabio Ramirez (Jr.) in Guantanamo on March 12, 2012 and confirmed that members of the a human rights activist group affiliated with the Cuban Patriotic Union, the Cuban Resistance and Democracy Movement, including Rogelio Tabio Lopez (Rosaida’s husband) and Niorbis Rivera, remain in state security custody following their participation in a non violent demonstration on February 27.
Catholic Church in Cuba Publishes Editorial on the Upcoming Papal Visit to Cuba
The Catholic Magazine Espacio Laical (Lay Person’s Forum), published an editorial about the upcoming Papal visit and the need for change in Cuba. The article expresses frustration with the lack of changes following the Communist Party Conference earlier this year.
40 Ladies in White attended Mass at the Cobre church on Sunday, March 4, 2012. The brave women crossed through the woods and rivers to once again attend Mass to pray for political prisoners and respect for human rights.
Lady in White Rosaida Ramires Matos called from a pay phone in Guantanamo to tell Jose Daniel Ferrer that political police searched their home at 09:30 am, beat her husband Rogelio Tabio Lopez (President of the Resistance and Democracy Movement) and his son Rogelio Tabío Ramirez (also a RDM activist) and arrested them, as well […]
FHRC confirms that Ivan Hernandez Carrillo, former political prisoner from the group of 75 prisoners of Cuba's "Black Spring," was arrested shortly after reporting on the detention of the 7 activists this morning.
Gross got into a shouting match with a State Security official after his 15-year prison sentence was upheld on appeal, accusing him of lying by promising “benefits like a reduction in sentence” if he cooperated with the legal process, Mesa said.
Wilman Villar Mendoza – Human Rights Activist – Dies During Hunger Strike in Cuba
Wilman Villar Mendoza passed away Thursday, January 19, 2012 after going on hunger strike following his arrest in November for his participation in a public demonstration against human rights abuses in Cuba.
Yoani Sanchez Included in Foreign Policy Magazine’s “Top 100 Global Thinkers” List
When Yoani Sánchez launched her blog, Generation Y, in 2007, the Havana-born computer programmer turned journalist was a virtual unknown. Four years later, she's a dissident voice of such prominence that the Cuban government has ordered her detained and beaten. A blurb from Barack Obama even graces her recently published book, Havana Real.
Activists and groups advocating individual freedom in Cuba denounced the jailing in maximum security prisons of three peaceful opponents, including Ivonne Malleza Galano, who this year carried out a series of daring street protests.
Cuba to release 2,900 prisoners – but not American Alan Gross
Cuba on Friday announced plans to release more than 2,900 prisoners from jails but imprisoned U.S. contractor Alan Gross is not among them. An official note posted on the government website Cubadebate.cu says the releases correspond to "established policy" and at the "numerous requests of relatives and diverse religious institutions, in a humanitarian and sovereign gesture."
Cuban dissidents send out images of police crackdown
Cuban dissidents have sent out photos and videos of a large police crackdown in the eastern town of Palma Soriano that left at least five government opponents with head wounds, black eyes and other injuries.
Women Arrested in Cuba for Demanding Food and Milk for Children
Two women in Havana were arrested for publicly protesting lack of food and milk for children. During the arrest, police were quickly surrounded by hundreds of Cuban citizens who supported the women and their call for greater access to basic provisions and increased respect for civil liberties.
For two consecutive years, Stephanie Várcia, 11, a sixth grader here, has done something that was unimaginable five years ago. She has spent four weeks in Havana, playing hide-and-seek with her cousins and going to the beach with her aunts and uncles. When summer vacation ended, her mother flew out to bring her back to Miami.
The number of undocumented Cubans intercepted at sea or reaching U.S. shores has more than doubled over the last year. El Nuevo Herald reports that 1,700 Cubans were interdicted or reached land in the 2011 fiscal year, which ended in September. The previous year there were 831. The largest increase was seen in Coast Guard interdictions at sea, which rose from 422 to 1,000.
US Cuba envoy Richardson in standoff over prisoner
Mr Richardson said Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez told him "it was not possible" to see Mr Gross, who is said to be in poor health. The politician is in Cuba to secure Mr Gross' release. He has acted in the past as a diplomatic troubleshooter. Mr Gross is serving 15 years for bringing internet equipment into Cuba.
Cuban singer-songwriter Pablo Milanes has criticized harassment of a leading Cuban dissident group, saying insults and obscenities routinely hurled by pro-government crowds at the Ladies in White during their protest marches are "vile" and "cowardly."
Cuba steps up attacks on dissidents, activists say
Cuba has stepped up its harassment of dissidents in the eastern province of Santiago de Cuba, with authorities beating, gassing and arresting protesters critical of the Communist government, human rights activists said Wednesday.
Ladies in White (a peaceful group of Cuban women who are family members and supporters of Cuban political prisoners) and human rights activists holding meetings in their homes, suffered such violent attacks by the political police that many of them had to be hospitalized this Sunday, August 7, 2011, in the cities of Santiago de Cuba and Palmarito de Cauto, in the Eastern province of Cuba.
Wikileaks: Cuban cardinal pushed to close church magazine
A Vatican expert on Cuba told U.S. diplomats in 2007 that Cuban Cardinal Jaime Ortega has pushed to shutter a highly regarded Catholic magazine that often criticized the communist system, according to a State Department cable made available by Wikileaks.
Raul Castro quietly turned 80 years old Friday, with Cubans hoping the president has enough pep in his step to lift the country from a deep economic malaise. Neither Castro nor older brother Fidel have traditionally thrown big birthday bashes, and there was no word of any plan for a public celebration.
Church: Cuba to release last 2 political prisoners (from the Spring 2003 Group of 75)
The Roman Catholic Church says the Cuban government will release the last two political prisoners held since 2003. The decision will clear Cuban jails of the last of a group of 75 prominent intellectuals, opposition leaders and activists whose imprisonment has long soured relations with the outside world.
The forbidden fruit of American travel is once again within reach. New rules issued by the Obama administration will allow Americans wide access to communist-led Cuba, already a mecca for tourists from other nations.
Shy U.S. Intellectual Created Playbook Used in a Revolution
Halfway around the world from Tahrir Square in Cairo, an aging American intellectual shuffles about his cluttered brick row house in a working-class neighborhood here. His name is Gene Sharp. Stoop-shouldered and white-haired at 83, he grows orchids, has yet to master the Internet and hardly seems like a dangerous man. But for the world’s despots, his ideas can be fatal.
Cuba dissidents Hector Maseda and Angel Moya released
The two men - Hector Maseda and Angel Moya - were also demanding full pardons and the release of other prisoners who are ill. Both have now returned to their homes in Havana. They were among a group of 52 jailed dissidents Cuba's communist government agreed to free last July.
The Egyptian opposition's takeover of the area around the parliament this week began with a trick—the latest example of how, for more than two weeks, young activists have outwitted Egypt's feared security forces to spur an uprising many here had long thought impossible.