More than 700 Cubans arrested during July 11 protests remained imprisoned on Human Rights Day

Hundreds of peaceful protesters arrested during the July 11 uprising in Cuba spent Human Rights Day still imprisoned by the communist Castro dictatorship.

Via Diario de Cuba:

Cuba on International Human Rights Day: Scandalous 11-J Repression Stats

Of the more than 1,303 Cubans arrested after the historic protests, at least 700 are still being held.

On the day the world commemorates UN General Assembly’s adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, in Cuba more than 700 people remain imprisoned for exercising fundamental human rights enshrined in said document after last July hundreds of citizens in more than 50 cities and towns across the island took to the streets to express their discontent with the government and to demand “freedom.”

Thanks to the work of human rights organizations, such as the Cubalex Legal Information Center, and groups that emerged after the historic protests, such as Justicia 11J, the regime’s repression has been thoroughly exposed and documented.

DIARIO DE CUBA has compiled the main numbers related to Miguel Díaz-Canel’s repressive response to Cubans’ desire for change.

A total of 1,303 people on the island were arrested in the wake of the 11-J protests. By province, those with the highest numbers of arrests were Havana, with 439, of which only 142 occurred in La Güinera, Arroyo Naranjo municipality; Santiago de Cuba, with 189; Mayabeque, with 100 documented, of them only 22 in Surgidero de Batabanó, and Artemisa, and Holguín, with 96 arrests each.

Next, in decreasing order, were Villa Clara (90), Matanzas (86:22 in the municipality of Colón alone), Camagüey (61), Cienfuegos (29), Guantánamo (19), Sancti Spíritus (18), Las Tunas (16), Isla de la Juventud (15), Granma (11), Ciego de Ávila (7), and Pinar del Río (4). When this article went to press note, Cubalex had not been able to identify the origins of three detainees.

The legal guidance center also verified that 52 people had suffered “forced disappearances” in the days after the 11-J arrests, 35 fell ill with Covid-19 in prison, and 10 people were put behind bars despite suffering psychiatric problems.

The latest data revealed that 553 people have been released from prison, but 701 protesters remain incarcerated.

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