Cuban State Security shuts down first event of a new human rights organization

A new human rights organization in Cuba was prevented from holding its first event by State Security agents, who rounded up and detained the members before they could hold the meeting. Despite sitting on the UN Human Rights Council, the communist Castro dictatorship has zero tolerance for human rights, and the UN is fine with that. This is socialism in action.

Via Martí Noticias (my translation):

A new human rights organization is born in Cuba and State Security prevents its first event

A group of activists belonging to the Permanent Forum for Human Rights in Cuba, who intended to meet this Thursday, were harassed by State Security in order to prevent the exchange of strategies to promote the objectives of the initiative.

The Forum was founded on February 1st to develop a “space for activation, action, and articulation” that promotes and disseminates human rights within the island, as well as the freedoms outlined in the 2019 Constitution.

Similarly, it aims to raise awareness among citizens to demand the enjoyment of the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the International Bill of Human Rights and Cuban legislation.

“We had planned, as an action of the Permanent Forum for Human Rights, to have a first meeting specifically on gender violence, bringing together a group of activists, mostly women, accompanied by a couple of men, to generate that first conversation on gender violence and violence in general,” Manuel Cuesta Morúa, vice president of the DFrente platform and one of the founders of the Forum, explained to Martí Noticias.

“It seems that, somehow, they found out and wanted to prevent it from happening: today. Since this morning, they surrounded my house, in my case very visibly, they had two young people from Section 21, the political police, and a tracker to prevent my exit. Additionally, María Mercedes Benítez was summoned by the police for this Thursday,” he denounced.

The latter was intercepted by three State Security agents outside her home in Centro Havana, while she was going about personal errands.

“There were three Security officers. They stopped me and told me that I was summoned for 10 in the morning on Thursday at the Zanja station. I told them that I was not going to any summons, whether verbal, by phone, or with papers, that I have nothing to talk to them about, that what they should do is to monitor all the criminals who are committing crimes,” Benítez stated in conversation with our editorial team.

“The meeting was at my house. We were going to have a conversation with several women about femicides and gender violence,” she said.

Among the tasks proposed by the members of the Forum are to “disseminate and educate” the citizenry on “each and every one of the rights,” as well as on the “institutional defense” of rights.

Cuba is a member of the UN Human Rights Council and in 2008 signed – although it has not yet ratified – the Covenants on Civil and Political Rights, Social, Economic, and Cultural Rights of the International Bill of Human Rights.

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