World Press Archive
2010-07-12 / Latin American Herald Tribune
Cuba Now to Free 17 Political Prisoners for Travel to Spain
The Cuban Catholic Church said on Saturday that 17 political prisoners are about to be released and allowed to travel to Spain, while giving the names of the seven latest whose freedom has been promised.
The archbishop of Havana issued a second communique on Saturday to report the upcoming release of another seven dissidents to join the five announced only three hours before, along with another five announced last Thursday, making a total of 17 whose release has now been assured.
The latest to be granted their freedom are Arturo Perez de Alejo, Jorge Gonzalez Tanquero, Manuel Ubals Gonzalez, Alfredo Manuel Pulido Lopez, Blas Giraldo Reyes Rodriguez, Ricardo Enrique Silva Gual and Jose Ubaldo Izquierdo Hernandez.
As in previous cases, all are members of the so-called Group of 75, members of the opposition sentenced during a wave of repression in the “Black Spring” of 2003.
The 17 prisoners and their families will travel to Spain, where they will arrive sometime after Monday, July 12, according to Spain’s Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos. ...more
2013-04-22 / The Miami Herald
U.S.: Short-term detentions in Cuba reach record levels
Cuba saw a record number of “politically motivated and at times violent short-term detentions” during 2012, according to the U.S. State Department’s “Country Reports on Human Rights Practices,” which was released Friday...more
2013-04-18 / The Washington Post
Cuba’s Ladies in White due in Brussels to receive 2005 Sakharov human rights award
Members of Cuba’s Ladies in White opposition group will finally pick up Europe’s top human rights prize from 2005 in person next week in Belgium, the European Union and the daughter of the group’s former leader said Wednesday...more
2013-04-16 / The Washington Post
Cuba avoids oil cutoff for now as Chavez ally narrowly wins Venezuela presidential election
Cubans were relieved Monday by the announcement that the late leader Hugo Chavez’s hand-picked successor had been elected Venezuela’s new president, apparently allowing their country to dodge a threatened cutoff of billions of dollars in subsidized oil...more