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Cuba: Further information: Prisoner of conscience siblings released

A family of four human rights defenders were arrested in Holguín, south-east Cuba, following the death of Fidel Castro. The three siblings, who began a hunger strike on 7 March, have been set free under conditional release. Their mother, Maydolis Leyva Portelles, currently under house arrest, remains a prisoner of conscience and must be released immediately and unconditionally.

Date:
3 April 2017
Ref:
AMR 25/6012/2017
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Cuba: Activist sentenced to three years in jail after criticising Fidel Castro

A three year sentence against the leader of a Christian pro-democracy movement after he criticized Fidel Castro is a stark illustration of ongoing restrictions to the right to free expression in Cuba, said Amnesty International. Dr. Eduardo Cardet Concepción, leader of the Christian Liberation Movement (Movimiento Cristiano Liberación, MCL) was sentenced on Monday 20 March, his wife told Amnesty International.

Date:
21 March 2017
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  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Fidel Castro’s human rights legacy: A tale of two worlds

Fidel Castro’s achievements in improving access to public services for millions of Cubans were tempered by a systemic repression of basic freedoms during his time in power, Amnesty International said following the death of the former Cuban leader. "There are few more polarizing political figures than Fidel Castro, a progressive but deeply flawed leader," said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International.

Date:
26 November 2016
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Obama-Castro encounter: More than a handshake needed to thaw the Cold War’s human rights freeze

The Cold War might be officially over, but for many in Cuba and the USA it is as if the clocks had stopped decades ago. In the USA, attempts to move away from the country’s outdated economic embargo have yielded little result. And in Cuba, it takes little more than typing the name of a dissident human rights defender, such as Laritza Diversent Cambara, on any online search engine to see that Cold War-era censorship and propaganda is as alive as ever.

Date:
21 March 2016
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Americas: Open letter from Amnesty International to USA President Barack Obama, Cuban President Raul Castro, and Argentine President Mauricio Macri

On the occasion of President Barack Obama´s upcoming historic visit to Cuba, followed by a two-day visit to Argentina, Amnesty International would like to take this opportunity to highlight to the three Presidents a number of major human rights concerns which we hope will be prioritized as part of your discussions. USA: Detentions at Guantánamo Bay; The US economic embargo on Cuba; Migrants and refugees.

Date:
18 March 2016
Ref:
AMR 01/3666/2016
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Obama trip to Cuba, Argentina a golden opportunity to tackle mutual human rights shortfalls

US President Barack Obama’s historic state visits to Cuba and Argentina this week provide a golden opportunity to address some of all three countries’ main human rights challenges, said Amnesty International. Top concerns include the mistreatment of migrants in the USA, the lack of freedom of expression in Cuba and the repression of social leaders in Argentina. “If Presidents Obama, Castro and Macri fail to discuss their countries’ questionable human rights records and agree on meaningful steps to make substantial improvements, they will go down in history as the leaders who chose to ignore the suffering of millions instead of being the catalysts for change,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International.

Date:
18 March 2016