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:
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.
5301 (11 months)
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
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
Javier Larrondo, Madrid, European Union Rep.
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