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Violent Weekend in Cuba: 30 Ladies in White Arrested Again Trying to Attend Mass by FRANCES MARTEL26 Jun 2017

Over thirty members of the Ladies in White, a peaceful Catholic dissident group in Cuba, were violently arrested over the weekend… Continue reading

Independent Journalism Seeks to Revive Press Freedom / Iván García

Iván García, 3 May 2017 — Let’s step back in time. One morning in 1985, Yndamiro Restano Díaz, a thirty-seven-year-old journalist with Radio Rebelde, took out an old Underwood and… Continue reading

“The Politician Of The Week,” A Citizens’ Initiative

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 10 April 2017 — Facing the times that we live in can be an unpleasant task. And doing it without discrimination based on ideological viewpoints and with immediacy,… Continue reading

Cuba: Thugs Beat Pregnant Pro-Democracy Dissident ‘in the Belly,’ Put Father in the Hospital by FRANCES MARTEL29 Mar 2017110 SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER

An unidentified mob attacked two members of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) – a pregnant… Continue reading

Cuba: Activist sentenced to three years in jail after criticising Fidel Castro 21 March 2017, 16:58 UTC

A three year sentence against the leader of a Christian pro-democracy movement after he criticized Fidel Castro is a stark illustration of ongoing… Continue reading

The Prosecution Asks For Three Years In Prison For The Opponent Eduardo Cardet / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 3 March 2017 — This Friday, the trial against Eduardo Cardet, a doctor and the national coordinator of the Christian Liberation Movement (MCL),… Continue reading

Havana Mobilizes For The Liberation Of The Spy Ana Belén Montes

14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana 27 February 2017 – This Tuesday, a campaign launches in Cuba for the liberation of Ana Belén Montes, a former intelligence analyst for the United… Continue reading

More Than 50% Of Cuba’s Political Prisoners Belong To UNPACU, According To Human Rights Group / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 6 February 2017 – A report released this Monday by the National Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN)… Continue reading

Amnesty International Calls For Release Of Cuban Opponent Eduardo Cardet / EFE, 14ymedio

EFE (via 14ymedio), Havana, 1 Februday 2017 — The global organization Amnesty International on Tuesday called for the “immediate and unconditional” release of Cuban dissident Eduardo Cardet,… Continue reading

URGENT ACTION DEMAND RELEASE OF HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER

Five days after Fidel Castro’s death, human rights defender Eduardo Cardet was detained and has since been held in provisional detention in Holguín, south-east Cuba. He is a prisoner of conscience who… Continue reading

Former Political Prisoner Arturo Pérez De Alejo Dies / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Miami, 25 January 2017 — The former political prisoner Arturo Perez de Alejo, who was part of the Group of 75, died Wednesday in Miami at 66, as reported… Continue reading

The Punk Who Didn’t Cry For Fidel / 14ymedio, Pablo De LLano

14ymedio, Pablo de Llano, Miami, 22 January 2017 — Minutes after the announcement of the death of Fidel Castro, last November 25, Danilo Maldonado Machado passed by his… Continue reading

Artist jailed in Cuba since November for anti-Fidel Castro graffiti may be released Jan. 28 By Elizabeth Llorente Published January 18, 2017 FoxNews.com

A prominent graffiti artist in Cuba who was jailed the day after Fidel Castro died for actions… Continue reading

Cuba: Authorities miserably fail on their promise to release graffiti artist unfairly held 16 October 2015, 09:33 UTC

The Cuban authorities’ failure to keep to their commitment to release a graffiti artist unfairly imprisoned nearly a year ago is a… Continue reading

Dissident Group Denounces At Least 9,940 Arbitrary Arrests In Cuba In 2016 / EFE,14ymedio

EFE (via 14ymedio), Havana, 5 January 2017 — The Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN), a dissident group, denounced today that it had… Continue reading

Cuba detains dissident artist for celebrating Castro’s death By Nicole Martinez Reuters November 29, 2016

MIAMI (Reuters) – Cuban police have detained dissident artist Danilo “El Sexto” Maldonado, once declared a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International, after he made… Continue reading

CUBA’S RAÚL CASTRO: REFORMER OR UNREFORMABLE?: THE EVIDENCE TO DATE

Today, even the world’s largest democracies have embraced the idea that unconditional “engagement” with Cuba’s “reformist” military dictatorship will bring about economic and political reform. As a result, they have… Continue reading

Do Hunger Strikes Work as a Strategy to Pressure the Cuban Government? / 14ymedio

Guillermo Fariñas, UNPACU Activist: “With this [hunger strike] I am giving the Castro regime leaders to decide if they want to assassinate me publicly.”

Eliécer Ávila,… Continue reading

A Cuban dissident able to travel for the first time praises new U.S. ties and warns of hazards Tracy Wilkinson

Fast-talking and often harassed, Cuban political dissident Jose Daniel Ferrer could hold himself up as Exhibit A in the improving… Continue reading

‘El Sexto’: “Myths are very dangerous, but an idea can break them.” / 14ymedio, Maria Tejero Martin

EFE (via 14ymedio), Maria Tejero Martin, Oslo, 24 May 2016 – Danilo Maldonado is known as El Sexto the name engraved in ink… Continue reading

Cuban Faces of 2015: Danilo Maldonado, ‘El Sexto’, Graffiti Artist / 14ymedio Posted on December 31, 2015

14ymedio, Havana, 29 December 2015 — Irreverent and daring, the graffiti artist Danilo Maldonado, known as El Sexto (The Sixth)—in a satirical reference… Continue reading

Cuba One Year After Obama’s Olive Branch Thousands of political arrests, migrants flee, and Russia wants in. Sound familiar? By MARY ANASTASIA O’GRADY Dec. 20, 2015 4:13 p.m. ET

This month marks the first anniversary of President Obama’s unilateral rapprochement… Continue reading

Cuban protest artist El Sexto: ‘You have to keep at it until you change their minds’ By Louise Tillotson, Researcher on the Caribbean at Amnesty International, 21 December 2015, 00:01 UTC

Danilo Maldonado Machado, known as “El Sexto”, is a… Continue reading

Cuba One Year After Obama’s Overtures Thousands of political arrests, migrants flee, and Russia wants in. Sound familiar? By MARY ANASTASIA O’GRADY Dec. 20, 2015 4:13 p.m. ET

This month marks the first anniversary of President Obama’s unilateral rapprochement with… Continue reading

Cuban Man Says He Relied on God to Survive 22 Years of Torture in Castro’s Gulag BY SAMUEL SMITH , CP REPORTER November 21, 2015|11:20 am

A former Cuban prisoner of conscience who was imprisoned for opposing the Communist regime… Continue reading

CUBAN PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE RELEASED

Cuban graffiti artist Danilo Maldonado Machado (‘El Sexto’) was released on 20 October after spending almost 10 months in prison without trial following accusations of “aggravated contempt”. Amnesty International considered him a prisoner of conscience.… Continue reading

Art A Crime? Cuban Government Fails On Promise To Release Graffiti Artist #ElSexto Viva Tony Centeno | October 19, 2015 – 12:09 pm

The Cuban Government has failed to live up to their promise to release from prison Danilo Maldonado… Continue reading

The unlikely chance of a serious human rights debate in Cuba 19 October 2015, 13:08 UTC

Nearly a month since Pope Francis ended his historic visit to Cuba, any hope that authorities would loosen control on free expression in the… Continue reading

El Sexto Resumed Hunger Strike Two Days Ago, According To His Mother / 14ymedio Posted on October 17, 2015

14ymedio, 17 October 2015 — The artist Danilo Maldonado, “El Sexto,” resumed his hunger strike two days ago, his mother, Maria… Continue reading

Cuba: Authorities miserably fail on their promise to release graffiti artist unfairly held 16 October 2015, 09:33 UTC

The Cuban authorities’ failure to keep to their commitment to release a graffiti artist unfairly imprisoned nearly a year ago is a… Continue reading

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