Number of political prisoners in Cuba rises to 1,067

The communist Castro dictatorship continues to imprison dissidents at an alarming rate. Over the past 12 months, the regime has added on average 14 political prisoners to its gulags every month. This is socialism in action.

Via CubaNet (my translation):

Cuba: Escalating repression rises the number of political prisoners to 1,067, says Prisoners Defenders

With the data as of February 29, 2024, the monthly report from Prisoners Defenders (PD) records a total of 1,067 political prisoners and prisoners of conscience in Cuba who are enduring prison sentences or restrictions on freedom without any judicial supervision, due process, or effective defense. This figure, encompassing both convicts and conscience convicts along with other political prisoners, constitutes a flagrant violation of international law and is a grim testimony to the human rights situation on the island, as denounced by PD in its most recent report.

Over the last 12 months, 168 new political prisoners have been confirmed and added to the list, averaging 14 new political prisoners each month. In February 2024, nine new political prisoners were added to the list, while eight were released upon completing their full sentences or imposed sanctions.

The breakdown of the 1,067 verified political prisoners is as follows: 832 convicted as prisoners of conscience, 199 sentenced as prisoners of conscience, and 36 cases of other political prisoners.

The report from Prisoners Defenders highlights that the prevailing repression in Cuba has been thoroughly denounced by the European Parliament. The European Parliament resolution P9_TA(2024)0122, approved on February 29, 2024, by an absolute majority, provides precise descriptions of the repression exerted by the Cuban regime. Among the highlighted instances of repression in the European Parliament resolution are incidents of internet restrictions, including hacking into journalists’ accounts to silence freedom of expression. Additionally, it reports on the alarming increase in femicides in Cuba, with no effective measures implemented to address this serious issue.

The document also denounces the Cuban regime’s refusal to allow entry into the country or visits to prisoners by official commissions, delegations, and political groups from the European Parliament and other international human rights organizations; lack of transparency that hinders efforts to effectively address the human rights situation in Cuba.

Furthermore, reference is made to the conclusion of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) in June 2023, which pointed to the direct involvement of state agents in the deaths of activists Oswaldo Payá and Harold Cepero in 2012.

Despite these compelling pieces of evidence of human rights violations, notes Prisoners Defenders, the Spanish Government and the European Commission have shown a worrying lack of action and commitment to addressing the situation in Cuba.

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