PRESS RELEASE

When approaching the World’s Human Rights Day, with 5.301 cases of political repression documented by the CCDHRN (FIDH) so far in 2013 in Cuba…

761 ILLEGAL POLITICAL DETAINEES IN NOVEMBER CONFIRM ABSENCE OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN CUBA

 

November 2013 reaches a sad record of illegal detentions. It is the highest repression November in decades and the second highest monthly numbers in 20 months.

- The growth of recent months is exponential. The monthly average in the last 3 months has been 797 illegal political arrests monthly. So far year 2013 already 5.301 annual cases of illegal political detentions in Cuba, with an annual average of 482 illegal political arrests per month are counted.

- Among all 761 detentions, also «were detected at least 192 victims of physical assaults, 119 acts of vandalism, 94 of various forms of harassment and 72 of the so-called “meetings of repudiation” were recorded» (also called “acts of repudiation”), said the Cuban Commission for human rights and national reconciliation (CCDHRN).

- In the words of the CCDHRN, «Although the growing of political repression (and also of social repression) is palpable throughout Cuba, in this last month were recorded the highest numbers of peaceful opponents repressed in the eastern provinces of Santiago de Cuba and Holguin, Matanzas and Villa Clara (central region) and Havana.»

- A «serious and worrying police crime case took place in Colón, Matanzas province, on 8 November, in the morning, when several agents of the Ministry of the Interior, clothed as civilians, fired numerous shots against the citizen José LUIS ZUMAGUERA MIRANDA, 45 years old, who received seven shots in his body when fleeing his home where the police went to arrest him on suspicion, according to reports, that had stolen a bicycle. Zumaguera saved his life miraculously».

- Given that December 10 is the World’s Human Rights Day, it is expected that December pulverize or al least settle these negative records of repression.

- Official original paper released today by the CCDHRN (Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation), the only Cuban Human Rights organization Member of the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) is linked to download:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BykeosyKG0nGbGJGVjl6Q1Vsb0k/edit?usp=sharing

 

Havana/Santiago de Cuba/Santa Clara/Perico – December 2, 2013. The monthly report from the most prestigious Human Rights organization present in Cuba, the only one on the island that belongs to the International Federation of human rights (FIDH), the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN), confirms that the repression in Cuba continues an accelerated escalation of cases and reached the second highest number of repression in 20 months, which consolidates an average of 797 illegal political arrests per month in the last 3 months.

This increase of repression (708 illegal arrests in September, 909 in October and 761 in November 2013) takes place in parallel to an unseen growth in the social upheavals of dissidents and population to demand human rights and better conditions, and after weeks that President Obama’s meeting with UNPACU and the Ladies In White (“Damas de Blanco”) in Miami, out came with the intention of holding an agenda focused on human rights with regard to future relations with Cuba and while, on the contrary, the European Union is considering a de-facto break of principles of the Common Position agreed upon since 1996.

While there are more than 102 prisoners of conscience in Cuba (at least 87 in prison and 15 Extrapenal License, constantly arrested and monitored), the need for the regime to “show” a more decent “cover letter” in recent years to possible future partners (such as the EU, USA or third countries) makes them turn to this numerous short-time detentions, that do not stain its apparent image as much as cases of political court rulings, although both the Spanish Government and the European Union, for example, have all the detailed information of the repression prevailing in Cuba and any approach to the relationship between equals with the Government of Cuba would be made with full awareness that repression is worse and therefore depriving commercial attitudes and hypocrisy over the natural demand of human rights in Cuba.

2010

2011

2012

2013

January

117

268

631

364

February

235

390

604

504

March

83

264

1158

354

April

162

244

402

366

May

120

349

423

375

June

104

212

427

180

July

125

251

406

233

August

184

243

521

547

September

90

563

533

708

October

310

286

520

909

November

244

257

410

761

Dicember

300

796

567

Annual Totals

2074

4123

6602

5301 (11 months)

Monthly media

173

344

550

482

Table 1. Report of cases documented by the CCDHRN (FIDH) for the past 4 years.

 

For more information, contact:

 

CUBAN HUMAN RIGHTS AND NATIONAL RECONCILIATION COMMISSION (CCDHRN):

 

Elizardo Sánchez Santa Cruz-Pacheco, President

  Tel (+53) 52458080

  Email: elizardosanchez4@gmail.com

Central Office at Havana

  Tel (+53) 72038584

 

UNIÓN PATRIÓTICA DE CUBA (UNPACU):

 

José Daniel Ferrer, Cuba, Executive Secretary

  Teléfono: +53 53 14 67 40

Felix Navarro, General Coordinator

  Teléfono: + 53 53 68 87 45

Guillermo Fariñas, Spokesperson

Teléfono: + 53 52 41 57 09

Luis Enrique Ferrer, EEUU, International Rep.

Teléfono: + 1 786 304 6303 / + 1 786 541 8998

Email: unpacu@gmail.com

luisenriqueferrer@gmail.com

Javier Larrondo, Madrid, European Union Rep.

  Teléfono: +34647564741

Email: info@unpacu.org

Website of Unión Patriótica de Cuba:

www.unpacu.org

Tweeter from José Daniel Ferrer:

@jdanielferrer

http://twitter.com/jdanielferrer

Direct videos from Cuba (YouTube Channel):

http://www.youtube.com/user/unpacu