No women in modern history(except probably many in North Korean prisons) suffered longer or more horrible political incarceration and torture than Castro’s female political prisoners. They were beaten and tortured and starved for years in KGB-designed prison cells beyond the reach of any international Human Rights organization. For refusing to snitch on their band of brothers and sisters even under ghastly KGB-tutored physical and mental torture many of these women suffered much worse and much longer terms and tortures in Cuban jails than the celebrated Elena Bonner suffered in Soviet jails. The celebrated and Nobel Peace Prize-winning Aung San Suu Kyi suffered strictly house arrest in her native Myanmar.
Most of the (utterly UNcelebrated) Cuban women are physically and/or mentally scarred for life from their ordeal in KGB-designed cells by KGB-tutored torturers. Their terms and tortures issued from their steadfast refusal to collaborate in any way with Cuba’s Stalinist regime–even with an innocuous signed statement. Last week they were honored in a small ceremony in Miami. No media was present, not even the Miami Herald.
“The national media has never shown the slightest interest in any of our stories,” Caridad Roque recently confided to your humble servant. Ms Roque was arrested by Castro’s KGB- trained police at the age of 19 and suffered 16 years of prison and torture in Cuba.
In contrast Aung San Suu Kyi has been honored with the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, the Nobel Peace Prize, the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding, the International Simón Bolívar Prize, the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal and the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Aung San’s office, by the way, includes a picture of Che Guevara.
In contrast Michelle Bachelet (whose father was a minister in Allende’s gov.) suffered all of three weeks under detention by Pinochet’s police. Last year Newsweek named her among the “150 Most Fearless Women in the World!” along with Dilma Rousseff, Christina Kirchner-Fernandez and Yoani Sanchez.