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  • Cuban journalist tells CPJ of physical and psychological torture

    11/21/2003 1:30:34 PM PST · by freedom44 · 3 replies · 168+ views
    Cubanet ^ | 11/21/03 | Cubanet
    New York, November 18, 2003-Imprisoned Cuban journalist Bernardo Rogelio Arévalo Padrón was released last week after serving his six-year sentence on "disrespect" charges. In a phone interview with the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), he described physical and psychological torture at the hands of prison authorities. "The allegations of torture are extremely troubling and warrant an immediate investigation," said CPJ Executive Director Ann Cooper, "and increases our concern for the other 28 journalists in jail in Cuba who have alleged mistreatment." Arévalo Padrón was released from the Ariza maximum-security prison, in the central province of Cienfuegos, on November 13. The...
  • Frustated by inefficiency Cuban doctor gets fired and his license suspended

    11/21/2003 6:07:13 PM PST · by The Bronze Titan · 3 replies · 193+ views ^ | November 18, 2003 |
    HAVANA, November 18 ( - Hospital administrators fired a doctor and suspended his medical license for nine months after he loudly expressed his frustration with widespread inefficiency in Fidel Castro's government. Mario Ariosta, a gynecologist, rushed into an operating room at National hospital in Havana to perform an emergency Cesarean section and found there were no gloves or sterilized instruments available. In his frustration, Ariosta loudly excoriated the government's inefficiency. Ariosta is off the job, but he has appealed the suspension of his medical license to a labor court. CubaNet does not require sole rights from its contributors. We authorize...
  • Honored reporter locked up in Cuba

    11/21/2003 2:53:25 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 6 replies · 154+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Friday, November 21, 2003 | By Hazel Feigenblatt
    <p>Cuban journalist Manuel Vazquez Portal will not be available to receive the 2003 International Press Freedom Award that the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) will present to him and other reporters on Tuesday.</p> <p>He is in a prison cell in Santiago de Cuba, passing time on a dirty mattress without blankets or pillow under a ceiling that leaks when it rains and with a toilet that's more of a "hole regurgitating its stench 24 hours a day."</p>
  • DR. Biscet is thrown in a Cuban DUNGEON - worldwide support is needed

    11/19/2003 8:01:51 PM PST · by mandingo republican · 7 replies · 277+ views
    CUBAN PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE, DR. OSCAR E. BISCET IS TRANSFERRED TO ANOTHER MAXIMUM SECURITY PRISON AND PUNISHED IN A "DUNGEON" WITH A DANGEROUS CRIMINAL November 19, 2003 Cuban prisoner of conscience, Dr. Oscar E. Biscet Gonzalez, serving a 25 year prison sentence, was transferred on November 12, 2003 from Kilo Cinco y Medio Prison to another maximum security prison in the province of Pinar del Rio called Kilo 8, where he is confined in a punishment cell he referred to as a "dungeon", with a prisoner who has committed 12 criminal assaults. On November 11th, at Prison Kilo Cinco y...
  • Castro Finally Releases Journalist from Prison

    11/16/2003 1:06:32 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 5 replies · 117+ views
    Limbacher ^ | 11/16/03 | Limbacher
    After six years of beatings and brutal treatment a courageous Cuban journalist has finally been released from prison where he had been confined for the crime of insulting Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. Cuban journalist Bernardo Arevalo Padron founded the outlawed independent press agency Linea Sur Pres in 1996 and reported on human rights violations in Castro's Cuba, according to the BBC. In 1997 he was given a six year sentence for having insulted Castro and despite protests from all over the world that he be granted an early release, he was forced to serve the full term. BBC reports that...
  • Cuban independant journalist freed after six years in prison

    11/15/2003 2:35:59 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 3 replies · 134+ views
    AFP/yahoo.comnews ^ | NOvevmber 14, 2003 | AFP
    HAVANA, (AFP) - Cuban independant journalist Bernardo Arevalo Padron hhas been freed from a prison in eastern Cuba after having served six years on conviction of committing an "outrage" against the Communist government of President Fidel Castro, his friends said "Effective yesterday (Thursday), Bernardo was released and is with his wife in Camaguey," 500 km (310 miles) east of Havana, Laura Pollan, wife of imprisoned dissident Hector Maseda, told AFP. Maseda is serving a 20-year sentence imposed last March after his arrest with 74 other opponents of the Castro regime. Arevalo Padron, founder of the former independant press agency Linea...
  • Cuba's crackdown on dissidents costs premier event for artists

    11/05/2003 8:07:45 PM PST · by The Bronze Titan · 5 replies · 186+ views / South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | Wednesday, Nov 05, 2003 | VANESSA BAUZA
    HAVANA - (KRT) - Cuba's most significant showcase for third world artists, the Havana Biennial, kicked off its eighth edition this weekend despite a serious cash crunch and allegations of censorship from Latin American artists. Featuring about 150 artists from 48 countries, the Biennial was already operating on a shoestring budget when three European foundations announced they would withdraw a total of about $200,000 due to the Cuban government's crackdown on dissidents earlier this year. Cuban organizers call the move "an anti Cuban campaign" in line with the European Union's decision to downgrade diplomatic relations. The director of a Dutch...
  • Cubans question wife of dissident

    11/01/2003 6:09:43 PM PST · by The Bronze Titan · 8 replies · 117+ views
    <p>Havana · Authorities here interrogated Claudia Marquez, wife of an imprisoned Cuban dissident and editorial board member of the opposition magazine De Cuba, on Wednesday, Marquez reported after leaving the police station.</p> <p>Two State Security agents arrested her at the house of Laura Pollan, wife of imprisoned dissident Hector Maceda, and then drove her to a police precinct in a working-class neighborhood of Havana, Marquez told EFE News.</p>
  • Bush steps up pressure on Castro

    10/10/2003 11:44:15 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 4 replies · 125+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Saturday, 11, 2003 | Joseph Curl
    <p>President Bush yesterday announced a new effort to weaken communist dictator Fidel Castro's stranglehold on Cuba, vowing to step up enforcement of U.S. travel restrictions to the country and to increase the number of Cuban dissidents allowed into America.</p> <p>In a Rose Garden event to commemorate the day Cuba celebrates the 1868 start of its quest for independence from Spain, the president said free nations have urged Mr. Castro to move toward democracy by holding "free and fair elections" for the good of his people, all to no avail.</p>
  • Don't Forget the Victims In Castro's Gulag

    08/23/2003 9:47:40 AM PDT · by Dqban22 · 2 replies · 137+ views
    Wall Street Journal | 8/22/03 | Mary Anastasia O'Grady
    Don't Forget the Victims In Castro's Gulag The Wall Street Journal /The Americas By MARY ANASTASIA O'GRADY "Kirkpatski, Kirkpatski," Andrei Sakharov exclaimed when he met Jeanne Kirkpatrick in Moscow. "I have so wanted to meet you and thank you in person. Your name is known in all the Gulag." The reason why, wrote National Review's Jay Nordlinger when he related that incident in June 2001, was because she had named names of Soviet prisoners, "giving men and women in the cells a measure of hope." Mr. Nordlinger's piece sought to draw attention to Cuban repression, more than a decade after...
  • Don't Forget the Victims In Castro's Gulag

    08/22/2003 4:03:44 AM PDT · by Texas_Dawg · 4 replies · 330+ views
    Wall Street Journal ( ^ | 8/22/03 | Mary Anastasia O'Grady
    <p>"Kirkpatski, Kirkpatski," Andrei Sakharov exclaimed when he met Jeanne Kirkpatrick in Moscow. "I have so wanted to meet you and thank you in person. Your name is known in all the Gulag."</p> <p>The reason why, wrote National Review's Jay Nordlinger when he related that incident in June 2001, was because she had named names of Soviet prisoners, "giving men and women in the cells a measure of hope."</p>
  • Book Says Cuban Rights Activist Is Castro Spy

    08/19/2003 1:01:16 AM PDT · by kattracks · 124+ views
    Reuters | 8/18/03 | Anthony Boadle
    Aug. 18 — By Anthony Boadle HAVANA (Reuters) - Veteran anti-Castro activist Elizardo Sanchez, known around the world for his defense of human rights in Cuba, is a government spy code-named Juana, according to a book published by the government on Monday. The book by journalists employed in President Fidel Castro's communist government said Sanchez has been a secret service agent since 1997 and has informed on the activities of Castro's opponents and foreign journalists. But Sanchez, president of the Cuban Human Rights Commission, vehemently denied the allegations as an effort to discredit his opposition to Castro. "It's a colossal...
  • Cuba accused of ignoring health of jailed dissidents

    08/15/2003 1:07:16 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 2 replies · 144+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | August 15, 2003 | MARIKA LYNCH
    MIAMI -- When Miriam Leiva visited her jailed husband Thursday, the Cuban dissident journalist tried to talk but his tongue was sluggish. Oscar Espinosa Chepe, already debilitated and gravely ill from a liver condition, had been given new pills by a government psychiatrist this week. "Oscar doesn't even know what they gave him. We don't even know what kind of treatment they are giving him," Leiva said by phone from Havana. "They are all-powerful, and we are helpless." As the health of more than a dozen jailed Cuban dissidents like Espinosa deteriorates, U.S. officials and human rights groups say the...
  • Opposition leader planned Cuba move for months

    08/09/2003 6:27:40 PM PDT · by The Bronze Titan · 13 replies · 220+ views
    The Miami Herald ^ | Aug. 09, 2003 | OSCAR CORRAL
    Six months ago, Eloy Gutiérrez-Menoyo confided to a close friend that he wanted to go to Cuba permanently to form an opposition movement because he believed that he would not be able to accomplish any effective change in Cuba from Miami. The disclosure was made at Gutiérrez-Menoyo's South Miami home over cigarettes and cafecitos, both of which Menoyo loves, said Antonio Veciana, who co-founded Alpha 66 with Menoyo in the early 1960s and has remained close to him. 'He said to me, `The process for change is not in Miami or on Calle Ocho, but in Cuba. I will be...
  • U.S. to bolster Cuba broadcasts, aid to dissidents (to speed "transformation")

    08/08/2003 11:46:52 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 8 replies · 302+ views
    Sun Sentinel ^ | Aug. 8, 2003 | William E. Gibson
    Washington · Otto Reich, President Bush's chief adviser on Latin America, said on Thursday that the administration will step up efforts to pressure the Fidel Castro regime, aid dissidents and hasten the political transformation of the island. "I know that President Bush is interested in doing more to accelerate the process of change in Cuba, and it's safe to say that in the next few weeks and months you will see some additional steps," Reich said. "It's been very difficult for this president to implement this policy for Cuba and the Western Hemisphere because up to this week he was...
  • Foe back in Cuba to oppose Castro

    08/08/2003 9:56:02 AM PDT · by The Bronze Titan · 49 replies · 297+ views
    The Miami Herald - ^ | August 08, 2003 | Luisa Yanez, Oscar Corral and Adriana Cordovi
    Former Cuban political prisoner and rebel leader Eloy Gutiérrez-Menoyo, who has lived in Miami for the past 17 years, announced in Havana on Thursday that he has decided to remain in Cuba to live so he can launch an internal opposition movement. Gutiérrez-Menoyo made his announcement as he and his family, who were visiting Havana, prepared to board a return flight to Miami. It comes five months after the government of Fidel Castro cracked down on the island's dissident movement, sending dozens to prison. There was no immediate response from the Cuban government. Gutiérrez-Menoyo, 68, who was once one of...
  • Leading Castro dissident returns to Cuba to promote reforms

    08/08/2003 8:18:31 AM PDT · by The Bronze Titan · 1 replies · 118+ views ^ | August 8, 2003 | Vanessa Bauza
    HAVANA -- He is a former rebel commander turned counterrevolutionary. The founder of an exile paramilitary group turned peace activist. Now, even in the autumn of his life, Eloy Gutiérrez-Menoyo, who served 22 years in Cuba's prisons before moving to Miami, continues to reinvent himself and defy expectations. On Thursday, in a characteristically quixotic move, Gutiérrez-Menoyo, 68, announced plans to live out his years in Cuba and work for democratic reforms on the island, despite having no permission from Fidel Castro's government. "I come to work toward the peace and reconciliation of all Cubans," Gutiérrez-Menoyo said minutes before saying goodbye...
  • Ex-rebel leader targets Castro's regime

    08/08/2003 3:38:42 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 53+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Friday, August 8, 2003 | By Anita Snow
    <p>HAVANA &#8212; Eloy Gutierrez-Menoyo, a rebel leader in the Cuban Revolution who long ago broke with Fidel Castro's government and served 22 years in prison, said yesterday that he was returning from exile to operate an opposition movement.</p> <p>Mr. Gutierrez-Menoyo, who traveled to the communist island several weeks ago for a family vacation, said he would stay to promote democracy.</p>
  • Jailed Cuban teacher is given Freedom Award

    08/05/2003 1:18:26 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 2 replies · 91+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | August 5, 2003 | ELAINE DE VALLE
    As his wife was interrogated in her Havana home by State Security agents and Roberto de Miranda spent another day of a 20-year prison sentence in a Cuban jail, the Cuban educator and dissident was praised Tuesday by Cuban Americans 140 miles away as one of the island's leading pro-democracy activists. De Miranda, 57, was honored in Miami with the Pedro Luis Boitel Award, named for a political prisoner who died in Cuba in 1972. De Miranda is among about 75 dissidents and others who were arrested and jailed in March. ''Mr. de Miranda is a person who has devoted...
  • Five Cuban asylum-seekers taken to US military base at Guantanamo

    08/02/2003 1:29:16 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies · 142+ views ^ | August 1, 2003 | AFP
    MIAMI (AFP) - At least five Cubans, among a growing number trying to enter the United States illegally, were being interviewed at the Guantanamo US military base in Cuba after requesting political asylum, officials said. The Cubans were taken to Guantanamo following pressure from Cuban-American lawmakers who said the group, intercepted at sea during a bid to flee Cuba, included dissidents who risked severe punishment if sent home. Guantanamo is a US base on the southeastern tip of Cuba. While in the past rafters caught at sea often have been taken to the base pending a decision on their case,...