It has been almost a week and no one except officials of Cuba’s dictatorial regime know where imprisoned independent journalist and writer Angel Santiesteban is now being held or if he is even alive. Back in April of this year, Santiesteban was named one of the top 100 Information Heroes by Reporters Without Borders.
Repeated requests by family members to obtain information on his location have been rejected. Without notifying anyone in his family, the human rights activist and vocal opponent of the apartheid Castro regime was moved from Lawton prison on July 21st to an unknown facility.
Considering the Castro regime’s half-century long penchant for disappearing and assassinating their opponents, concern for Santiesteban’s safety is running high. With little to no protest from the international community, the Castro dictatorship has for decades been able to permanently rid itself of opposition leaders with complete impunity.
You can read more about Angel’s disappearance on his official blog (in Spanish) HERE.