World Press Archive
2010-11-15 / BBC News Service
Cuba frees political prisoner who refused exile deal
The Cuban government has freed one of 13 dissidents who have been refusing a government deal to go into exile in exchange for their freedom.
The prisoner, Arnaldo Ramos Lauzurique, will remain in the country on parole.
In July Cuban President Raul Castro agreed to release 52 prisoners under a deal brokered by the Roman Catholic Church and the Spanish government.
Thirty-nine of them were freed and sent into exile in Spain, but the remaining 13 have refused to leave the island.
All 52 were were arrested in 2003 following a crackdown on non-violent opposition groups.
Arnaldo Ramos Lauzurique, who is 68, is now back at his home in the capital, Havana.
"He was freed and I feel very happy," his wife Lidia Lima told AFP news agency. ...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