Three Cuban political prisoners arrested during the “black spring” of 2003, may soon be released, according to a Spanish Web site.“>according to a Spanish Web site.
Encuentro En la Red speculated that the release — if it happens — might be the result of human rights talks earlier this week between Cuban and Spanish officials.
Members of the Damas De Blanco and other Cuban dissidents told EER that the prisoners who may soon have their freedom are:
Pedro Pablo Álvarez Ramos, 60, an independent librarian and union activist, serving a 25-year prison sentence.
Alejandro González Raga, an independent journalist serving a 14-year prison sentence. He is about 50 years old.
Omar Pernet Hernández, 62, a human rights activist and independent librarian, serving a 25-year prison sentence.
The sources did not rule out the possibility of more prisoners being released, according to EER.
It is right to worry about what the Socialist government in Madrid might have promised Havana. But if the release comes off, there would be no denying that the Spanish policy of engaging the Cuban dictatorship would have paid off in a concrete, and welcome fashion.
If the report is true, hopefully Spain, and the rest of the world would keep the pressure to empty all of Cuba’s jails of of its prisoners of conscience.
(H/T to Penultimos Dias.)
(Cross-posted at Uncommon Sense.)