Human Rights Day in communist Cuba was chock-full of State Security surveillance, internet cut-offs, and arbitrary arrests of dissidents. While the world celebrated human rights this December 10th, the Castro dictatorship ratcheted up its usual daily repression to ensure no dissident dared to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This is socialism in action.
Arbitrary detentions, vigilance, and internet cut-offs on Human Rights Day
This December 10th in Cuba, the commemoration of Human Rights Day has once again been evidence of systematic violations of citizens’ individual freedoms.
Cuban activists and opposition leaders in different parts of the country woke up besieged; others were arbitrarily detained, and many more remain without internet connectivity.
Journalist and Cubanet writer, Camila Acosta, has been under police surveillance outside her house for two days. Since Friday, government enforcers stationed patrols and agents outside her home to prevent her from leaving.
On Saturday afternoon, as confirmed by Cubanet, police once again positioned themselves around her residence before the celebration of Human Rights Day.
Similarly, the same occurred to Delanis Álvarez Matos, wife of the July 11th political prisoner Duniesky Ruiz Cañizares, and Saily Nuñez Pérez, wife of political prisoner Maikel Puig Bergolla. Delanis and Saily were harassed by agents who stationed themselves in the vicinity of their homes.
Meanwhile, activist and blogger Agustin López Canino was arbitrarily detained this morning, as reported by the Cuban Observatory of Human Rights.
López Canino, the creator of the digital portal “Cubans Inside and Below,” advocates for peaceful protests, always publicly and with sufficient notice.
Wilber Aguilar Bravo, father of political prisoner Walnier Luis Aguilar, was also arbitrarily detained.
Yoanis Sánchez, an independent journalist and activist, woke up today without internet access. “Human Rights Day, and we woke up with the internet connection cut and our house under surveillance,” she wrote on her social media.
Diasniurka Salcedo Verdecia, promoter of the community project “House to House,” which provides food and medicine donations to needy people in the province, and creator of the Facebook group “Las Marianas del Presente,” also lacks internet service.
This International Human Rights Day coincides with the 75th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the UN General Assembly.
Of the 30 articles comprising the Declaration, at least 19 of them are repeatedly violated in Cuba.
According to Article 9 of the Declaration, no one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention, or exile. The following, Article 10, states that everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal.