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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
  • News
  • Americas
  • 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
  • News
  • Cuba
  • Business and Human Rights

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 In the USA, attempts to move away from the country’s outdated economic embargo have yielded little result.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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  • Discrimination

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
  • Campaigns
  • Cuba
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Six facts about censorship in Cuba

To mark the World Day against Cyber Censorship on 12 March, here are six things you should know about free speech, the internet and online censorship in Cuba. The re-establishment of diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba in December 2014 brought renewed hope for an end to the US economic embargo, which has had a dire impact on the human rights of ordinary Cubans. But while tourists flock to the island to experience its romantic, old-world charm before it “changes”, less romantic is its history of restricting freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, still shown in the authorities’ determination to stifle dissent.

Date:
11 March 2016
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Cuban protest artist El Sexto: ‘You have to keep at it until you change their minds’

Danilo Maldonado Machado, known as “El Sexto”, is a Cuban artist and former prisoner of conscience who spent 10 months behind bars for planning a performance last Christmas Day involving two pigs and some paint. Released in October 2015, he recently visited the USA where he won the Human Rights Foundation’s Václav Havel Award for Creative Dissent and participated in Art for Amnesty, a pop-up art event to bring attention to human rights abuses worldwide.

Date:
21 December 2015
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  • Detention

Cuba: Human Rights Day crackdown on dissidents likely after month of mass arrests

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 arbitrarily restricted the movement of members of the prominent Ladies in White (Damas de Blanco) group of activists as they prepared for today’s demonstrations.

Date:
10 December 2015