Hope and Change in Obama’s Cuba: Castro State Security ransack offices of human rights activists

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Obama’s Cuba policy has certainly brought many changes to the island, many of which are obvious and measurable. These “changes” include such things as a drastic increase in political arrests, more violent beatings of dissidents and women, and a surge in violent attacks against human rights activists.

“Hope and Change,” indeed.

Via Freedom House:

Cuba: Police Ransack Human Rights Offices

In response to Cuban authorities’ illegal raid of the Consejería Jurídica de Abogados Independientes de la Corriente Agramontista, Freedom House issued the following statement:

“Police targeted human rights defenders by unlawfully raiding four homes serving as offices for the Consejería Jurídica de Abogados Independientes de la Corriente Agramontista,” said Carlos Ponce, director for Latin America programs. “The lack of a warrant and the arrest of the organization’s director, Dianelys Rodriguez Morejon, shows their utter disregard for fundamental human rights.”


With a staff of six lawyers, Consejería Jurídica de Abogados Independientes de la Corriente Agramontista offers pro bono legal advice, workshops on human rights and present cases before international bodies. The group works closely with the Instituto Cubano por la Libertad de Expresión y Prensa.

Cuba is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2016, Not Free in Freedom of the Press 2016, and Not Free in Freedom on the Net 2015.

Freedom House is an independent watchdog organization that supports democratic change, monitors the status of freedom around the world, and advocates for democracy and human rights.