Communist regime’s attacks on independent artists show there is no justice in socialist Cuba

Despite being the American left’s poster child for “social justice,” the communist Castro dictatorship provides zero justice for Cubans and even less for artists who do not toe the “socialist revolutionary” line.

Via Diario de Cuba:

The presumption of innocence and human dignity vs. libel with impunity: the case of Denis Solís and the San Isidro Movement

The regime media’s branding of activists as ‘terrorists’ is illegal, but Cuban laws are designed to shield state institutions.

In recent days regime media, including on television, have accused rapper Denis Solís —sentenced to eight months in prison on false accusations of “contempt”—of being “associated with terrorist groups” in the United States. It has also depicted the members of the San Isidro Movement, who are demanding Solís’s freedom through artistic actions and a hunger strike, as a CIA-created group comprised of “people of low moral character and without any ethics.”

Smear campaigns against dissidents, and now against the artists, art critics, curators, poets and rappers who form part of the San Isidro Movement, are a standard practice of the regime’s against its adversaries. In a country where the only legal press is that controlled by the state, the authorities slander critical citizens with impunity, without giving them any right to refute the accusations levelled at them. The lack of judicial independence in Cuba, and a tailor-made legal system, make this possible.

Personal rights like that to one’s good name are, theoretically, protected by the Constitution. The regime’s legal framework, however, neglects victims and protects state institutions.

The Cuban Criminal Code and Procedure Law do not specifically uphold the principle of the “presumption of innocence.” It does appear in Popular Supreme Court Directive 247 of March 23, 2020, which mentions the “necessary observance of the principles of presumption of innocence, effective judicial protection, and others that inform the criminal due process, to achieve effectiveness and uniformity in the evidence assessment system “.

All people are to be presumed innocent until proven otherwise. Therefore, it is illegal to officially state that someone is a “terrorist” or is “associated with terrorism” if they have not been convicted of this crime. Doing so violates the rules of due process.

Who should be held accountable for the possible crimes of defamation, libel and slander against Denis Solís and the San Isidro Movement? The journalists who were the authors of the material, or the media source that disseminated it? Where is the criminal response to this crime?

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