When 2023 came to a close in communist Cuba, there were 1,063 documented political prisoners, 34 children among them, rotting in Castro gulags across the island. ¡Viva la revolución!
2023 closes with 1,063 political prisoners in Cuba
2023 concluded with at least 1,063 political prisoners in Cuba, according to the latest report from the organization Prisoners Defenders (PD), published this Thursday.
PD President, Javier Larrondo, stated that “if 2021 was the year where violence and police repression were predominant, and in 2022 judicial repression was experienced with special emphasis, the year 2023 has been a year of despair.”
The NGO described it as “another tragic year for human rights” due to the high number of individuals detained for political reasons on the island.
Throughout the year 2023, the list of political prisoners in Cuba added a total of 194 people, averaging more than 16 new political prisoners in the country each month.
During the previous December, five new political prisoners were added to the list, and four were released after completing their entire sentence or an imposed measure.
The report adds that there are still 34 minors, 31 boys, and 3 girls on the list of political prisoners; of them, 28 are still serving their sentence or are undergoing criminal proceedings.
Many of the minors are in prisons supposedly for them, although in reality, these are entirely penitentiary centers euphemistically called “Integral Training Schools,” but they do not fall under the Ministry of Education, but rather the Ministry of the Interior (Minint).
Out of the total political prisoners, 222 participants in the 11J protests have been accused of sedition, and at least 207 have already been sentenced to an average of 10 years in prison each.
The current number of female prisoners is 117.