Rough translation from Marti Noticias:
A list of sixteen dissident women who are serving prison terms for merely opposing the Castro regime has been compiled by the Comisión Cubana de Derechos Humanos y Reconciliación Nacional (CCDHRN: Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation).
Most of these women belong to dissident organizations, especially the Unión Patriótica de Cuba (UNPACU), the Ladies in White, and the Foro por los Derechos y Libertades (FDyL: Forum for Rights and Liberties).
And most of them have been charged with the crimes of “desacato” (disrespect), “atentado” (assault), “peligrosidad social” (social dangerousness) or “desorden público” (disorderly conduct in public).
Several dissidents interviewed by Marti Noticias observe that there has been a marked increase in the number of women imprisoned for their political views. Some claim that this is the highest number of female political prisoners since the late 1970’s.
They also point out that most of these women have children and that their experience as political prisoners is much rougher than that of male prisoners.
Marta Beatriz Roque, the only woman to be imprisoned when 75 dissidents were rounded up in 2003, says that the women prisoners and guards are very hostile, and that serving time in a Castro prison as a dissident is “something unforgettable” and horrifying.
Meanwhile, the European Union rewards the Castro regime by lifting all sanctions, and Federica Mogherini — High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy– had this to say “Today we recognize that there is change in Cuba and we want to be part of this change and to bring our relations to a new level.”
Well, you have to admit she is honest.
Yes, there is change in Cuba. One of the biggest changes just happens to be an increase in repression. It’s a big change, yes, for sure.
And yes, the EU is definitely bringing its relation with the Castro regime to a new level. It just happens to be a new level of hypocritical neocolonialism. That’s a big change too, yes, for sure. It just happens to be a return to 19th century Euro-colonialism.
Back in March of this year, during a press conference staged as part of Obama’s visit, King Raul was asked about political prisoners in his realm. The reporter asking the question was a Cuban-American.
Unaccustomed as he is to being questioned on any topic — and especially on this one — the monarch threw a hissy fit and started barking loudly. “Give me a list and I will release them immediately,” said the monarch. “Give me a name or names. “If we have them, they will be released before the tonight ends.”
Well, Your Majesty, here is a list. It’s a partial list, but a list nonetheless.
Maydolis Oribe Perdomo. Serving a 3-year hard-labor sentence.
María del Carmen Cala Aguilera: Serving a 3-year and six-months sentence.
Yunet Cairo Raigada. In prison since April 2016.
Xiomara de las Mercedes Cruz Miranda. In prison since April 2016.
Melquis Faure Echavarría. In prison since August 2016.
Dayamí Lay Sangroni. In prison since August 2016.
Jaqueline Heredia Morales. In prison since April 2016.
Marieta Martínez Aguilera. In prison since April 2016.
Aimara Nieto Muñoz. In prison since July 2016.
Glenda Lobaina Pérez. In prison since November 1st, 2016.
Nora Lizet Hernández Buli. In prison since November 7th 2016, serving a one-year sentence.
Juana Castillo. Serving a 5-year sentence.
Marlén Parada. In prison since July 2016.
Ariadna Álvarez Rensoler. Serving a 6-month sentence while pregnant.
Adairis Miranda Leyva. In prison since November 27th, 2016. Awaiting trial.
Anairis Miranda Leyva. In prison since November 27th, 2016. Awaiting trial.
For many more details, go HERE (in Spanish).