Perhaps the “Cuba Experts” here in the U.S. should ask their employers in Havana to lay off the “reforms” a bit. They are taking a serious toll on the Cuban people.
CCDHRN’s Report on Cuba: 1,051 arbitrary detentions for political reasons in February 2014
CUBAN COMMISSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND NATIONAL RECONCILIATION
CUBA: SOME ACTS OF POLITICAL REPRESSION IN THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY 2014
(SD: Detentions) (AR: Acts of repudiation) (AV: Acts of vandalism) (AF: Physical Aggressions) (H: Harassment acts)
- At least 1,051 arbitrary detentions for political reasons took place in Cuba during the last month, similar to the numbers of the two previous months (between 1,000 and 1,200 arrests) and close to double the monthly average arrests in the previous two years.
- This high number of arrests linked to the high numbers of victims of the so-called “acts of repudiation” (137), the physical assaults (221), harassment (57) and vandalism (14) attributable, in all cases, to the secret political police and vigilante structures, are objective indicators of the persistent tendency towards the deterioration of the situation of civil and political rights which prevails in Cuba under a Government that has been more than 55 years exercising the power in a dictatorial manner. Only two months of the present year 2014 count more arbitrary detentions for political reasons that the posted throughout the whole year 2010.
- In February took place detentions and other acts of political repression all throughout the country, mainly in the provinces of Villa Clara and Santiago de Cuba, Havana.
- Extremely alarming were the three vandalism and confiscatory raids suffered by the pacific opponent Jorge Luis García Pérez (Antúnez), who was the subject of arbitrary detentions in such occasions, and the brutal aggression committed against Guillermo Fariñas, Andrei Sakharov Prize Winner of the European Parliament, who was beaten with a metal object on the left side of the chest causing him an injury so severe that it prevented him from attending a Conference on Cuba which took place in Madrid on February 26, 2014.
- Please read in the following page (page 2) four of the first points of consensus identified by the group of dissidents who attended the Conference.
Documented cases of temporarily detainees or processed, on political means, from January 2010:
1.075 (3 last months)