The difficult life of Cuban mothers held by the Castro dictatorship as political prisoners

With the hunger and misery suffered by all Cubans, being a mother in Cuba is difficult enough. But for those mothers held as political prisoners and separated from their children, it is even more miserable. The communist Castro dictatorship has no sympathy for mothers, or their children. It is only interested in maintaining power in perpetuity. This is socialism in action.

Via Diario de Cuba:

Prison in Cuba: a tough place to be a mother

Inmates’ pregnancies are fraught with problems impacting not only those who opt to give birth in prisons, but also those who are separated from their children by their incarceration.

Lisdany Rodríguez Isaac is 25 years old, but she has wanted to be a mother for a long time – longer than she has been in prison for demonstrating against the Cuban Government in July 2021. For those hours of freedom in Placetas (Villa Clara) the Communist Party’s regime is making her and her sister Lisdiany pay with eight years of incarceration, and all the hardships and mistreatment that they entail.

Despite her imprisonment, however, Lisdany never resigned herself to not having a child, and, in the end, she became pregnant.

Cuban prisons are no place to be a mother. In fact, they are no place for anyone to live with dignity. Lisdany will not interrupt her pregnancy, however, according to her mother, Barbara Isaac Rojas. The pressure exerted by State Security agents at the Guamajal women’s prison in Santa Clara, condemned by both her mother and the NGO Prisoners Defenders, failed to persuade her to get an abortion.

“They want my daughter to get an abortion, but she refuses to, because she’s always wanted to have a baby. I can’t imagine the moment when it happened, but they [Lisdany and her husband, also an inmate] want to have it,” Isaac Rojas told Infobae.

According to the mother of the political prisoner, when Lisdany presented symptoms, “she had an ultrasound, which was positive.” However, “the doctor let her know, and set about preparing the tests for Lisdiany to have it removed [abort]. My daughter refused, but State Security and prison staff are coercing her to terminate the pregnancy,” Bárbara Isaac told El Debate.

The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) states that forced abortion constitutes a violation of sexual and reproductive rights.

The maternity of Cuban prisoners, far from being a right duly protected by guarantees and conditions, is fraught with several problems impacting not only those who decide to give birth in prisons, but also those who are separated from their children by their incarceration. Despite this, during the last United National Universal Periodic Review (UPR) to which the Cuban State was subjected in November 2023, Interior Ministry (MININT) official Lieutenant Colonel Luis Emilio Cadaval claimed that “Cuba complies with the Bangkok Rules” for “the treatment of prisoners and their children.”

The UN document recommends opting for alternative sentences in order to avoid incarcerating pregnant women; prohibits severed communications with their family members and those responsible for their defense; and criticizes confinement in places far from inmates’ homes, and the denial of medical care with a gender focus, among other conditions

Several violence victims of obstetric and witnesses of abuse in the Cuban penitentiary system dispute the MININT officer’s claim in testimonies obtained by the Cuban Prisons Documentation Center and reports from the independent press.

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3 thoughts on “The difficult life of Cuban mothers held by the Castro dictatorship as political prisoners”

  1. Feminists are left wing in their voting, so they hate mythological Fascists, but have sympathy for Communism, and, at best, do not fear Communism.. Fools. Useful idiots all.

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