1,123 ILLEGAL POLITICAL DETAINEES IN DECEMBER, ANNUAL RECORD IN CUBA

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The numbers of political repression are the highest ever in decades, with an average of 931 monthly cases in Q4, documented by the CCDHRN (member of FIDH) in 2013 in Cuba…

1,123 ILLEGAL POLITICAL DETAINEES IN DECEMBER, ANNUAL RECORD IN CUBA

 

–  December 2013 sets the 2013 record of repression. It is the highest repression month in 2013 and the second highest in last decade.

– The growth of recent months is exponential. The average in the last 3 months, Q4, has been 931 illegal political arrests monthly, number never reached in decades. So far year 2013 already 6,424 annual cases of illegal political detentions in Cuba, with an annual average of 536 illegal political arrests per month.

– Among all 1,123 detentions, «179 dissidents were physically assaulted in 27 acts of aggression; 153 were victims of the so-called “acts of repudiation” [Government raids in the houses of activists to disown them verbally and physically in public] in 27 incidents reported;meanwhile 153 oppositors suffered vandalism, usually against their homes, and other forms of harassment», said the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN).

– In the words of the CCDHRN, «serve to illustrate, eloquently, the unacceptable situation of political repression and mass violation of civil rights that still prevails in Cuba at a time when the regime of the Castro brothers enters the year 56of its long dictatorship».

We include the official report by CCDHRN, the only Cuban organization member of the International Ferderation for Human Rights (FIDH):

English: https://www.unpacu.org/wp-content/uploads/OVERVIEW-CUBA-2013-English.pdf
Spanish: https://www.unpacu.org/wp-content/uploads/OVERVIEW-CUBA-2013-Spanish.pdf

And the open letter to the UE sent by pro-democracy activists in Cuba:

Open letter statement by Cuban pro-democracy activists (English)
Carta abierta y respetuosa de activistas pro-democráticos a la Unión Europea (Spanish)

 Havana/Santiago de Cuba/Santa Clara/Perico – January 6, 2013. The monthly report from the most prestigious Human Rights organization present in Cuba, the only one in the island that belongs to the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN), confirms that repression in Cuba continues an accelerated growth of cases and reached the highest  repression of 2013 this last month, with 1,123 political detainees, which consolidates an average of 931 illegal political arrests per month in the last 3 months (Q4).

This increase of repression (708 illegal arrests in September, 909 in October, 761 in November and 1,123 in december 2013) takes place in parallel to an unseen growth in the social upheavals of dissidents and population to demand Human Rights and better conditions, weeks after President Obama’s meeting with UNPACU and the Ladies In White (“Damas de Blanco”) in Miami outcame with the intention of holding an agenda focused on Human Rights with regard to future relations with Cuba and while, on its part, the European Union is considering a possible de-facto break of principles of the Common Position agreed upon since 1996, to which dissidents have responded with a respectful open letter (downloadable from this link) respecting changes, or improvements, but not forgetting the EU Strategic Framework and Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy wich dissidents consider right on its terms.

While there are more than 102 political prisoners 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 the acceleration of repression into a growing numerous of short-time detentions, illegal by concept and development, but which do not stain its apparent image as much as cases of political court rulings that give time to NGO’s to take party and declare them illegal.  This transformation of the repression to increasingly numerous and continuos shot-term detentions seeks, on the Cuban Government side, international growing apathy on the Human Right’s policies and, on the other hand, increase the possibility of profitable foreign trade behind the back of a population who have no rights.

The European Union will now elucidate between staying firm on the demand for Human Rights in Cuba, or take that battle as lost and yield to the interests of capital, precisely now when the uprisings of the people in Cuba are more conspicuous than ever and, hence, the repression has grown like ever in decades.

Documented cases of people temporarily detained or prosecuted for political reasons, since January 2010:

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

December

300

796

567

1123

Annual totals

2074

4123

6602

6424

Monthly media

173

344

550

536

Highest Quarter (Q1 to Q4)

285 (Q4)

446 (Q4)

798 (Q1)

931 (Q4)

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

 

For more information, please contact:

 

CUBAN HUMAN RIGHTS AND NATIONAL RECONCILIATION COMMISSION (CCDHRN):

 

Elizardo Sánchez Santa Cruz-Pacheco, President

Tel (+53) 52458080 / until January 17th in (+1) 305 300 8352

Email: 

Central Office in Havana

Tel (+53) 72038584

 

Patriotic union of cuba (UNPACU):
José Daniel Ferrer, Cuba, Executive Secretary 

Telephone: (+53) 53 14 6740 / (+53) 58 32 3612

Felix Navarro, General Coordinator 

Telephone: + 53 53 68 87 45

Guillermo Fariñas, Spokesperson

Telephone: + 53 52 41 57 09

Luis Enrique Ferrer, EEUU, International Representative

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

Emails: unpacu@gmail.com / luisenriqueferrer@gmail.com

Javier Larrondo, Madrid, European Union Representative

Telephone: +34647564741

Email: info@unpacu.org

Website of Unión Patriótica de Cuba:

www.unpacu.org

Tweeter from José Daniel Ferrer:@jdanielferrer

http://twitter.com/jdanielferrer

Videos from Cuba (YouTube Channel):

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

 

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