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Cubaeconomía.com, Elias Amor Bravo, 5 January 2018 – The Castro regime, in its urgent need to find external financing for the economy, has developed a strategy of approaching the European Union that has come to an end, at least for the moment, with the recent visit of Federica Mogherini to Havana. The agreement is a vague … Continue reading "Mogherini’s Real Interest in Havana" Continue reading
14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 15 January 2018 — The first Sunday of each month they meet in a park in Centro Habana and ride through the capital on a route that varies to avoid boredom. They are the members of Bicicletear La Habana (Havana Cycling), a group of cyclists that promotes the use of bikes as … Continue reading "Prejudices Put the Brakes on Bike Culture in Cuba" Continue reading
London, January 13 (RHC)-- A worst-case Brexit scenario could put thousands of jobs at risk at German car parts suppliers, a new study has warned, as Britain grapples with navigating its complex exit from the European Union.  A so-called "hard Brexit … Continue reading
If Federica Mogherini didn’t exist, the world’s autocrats would be trying to invent her. As the European Union’s high representative for foreign affairs, she’s a tireless advocate for engaging rogue states. Few diplomats, though, have pursued this kind of engagement with such moralizing puffery. In Mogherini’s world, diplomacy with dictators shouldn’t aim to transition these... Continue reading
HAVANA - The European Union' … member countries combined were now Cuba's most important economic … to journalists before meeting with Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Thursday … European Investment Bank would visit Cuba later this month. She said … Continue reading
HAVANA, Cuba, Jan 4 (ACN) The high-ranking … Mogherini announced on Thursday in Havana that Cuba and the EU will … . Mogherini said that she and Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez will … in Cuba against the anti-Cuba policy. Their interest is working with HavanaContinue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 4 January 2017 — Daniel Llorente, the man with the flag, has asked Federica Mogherini not to forget his case because it demonstrates “the lack of political freedoms in Cuba.” The activist who hoisted the flag of the United States during last year’s May Day parade has since spent eight months in detention including seven … Continue reading "The Man With The Flag Asks For Mogherini’s Help" Continue reading
HAVANA (AP) -- The European Union … be a reliable partner for Cuba in the face of the … " partner that can help Cuba manage a political transition and … economic opening. The EU and Cuba last year signed an agreement … Continue reading
HAVANA (Reuters) - The European Union’s top diplomat met with Cuban … hands with Cuba's Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez in Havana, Cuba, January … the San Geronimo University in Havana, Cuba, January 3, 2018. REUTERS… reporting by Nelson Acosta in Havana; Editing by Frank Jack Daniel … Continue reading
… ).The European official came to Havana in March 2016 to promote … Havana. Later she will visit a center for teenagers in Old Havana … . The European official was in Havana in March 2016 to promote … of the Antilles, relations between Cuba and the European Union are … Continue reading
14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 3 January 2017 – Is a ship that has had all its parts replaced still the same ship? The question is known as Theseus’s Paradox and illustrates the European Union’s dilemma with Cuba: Does a dictatorship that moderated its diplomatic language, tried to make peace with its enemy and lost its … Continue reading "Mrs. Mogherini, We Are Still Without Freedom" Continue reading
… January 2018 By Marc Frank HAVANA, Jan 3 (Reuters) - The … diplomat Federica Mogherini arrived in Cuba on Wednesday to help strengthen … agreement, the first accord between Cuba and the 28-nation bloc. Signed … , and Cuban Foreign minister Bruno Rodriguez on Thursday. "Cuba's … Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 1 January 2018 — In a letter published on Sunday, the Cuban Observatory for Human Rights (OCDH) criticized the European Union for maintaining a “dialogue without demands” with the Cuban government. That complaint was published on the eve of the trip to Cuba of the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security of the EU, … Continue reading "Cuban Observatory For Human Rights Criticizes EU for Dialogue With Cuba “Without Demands”" Continue reading
Brussels, December 14 (RHC)-- A disagreement over controversial quotas for the sharing out of refugees across EU countries broke out on Wednesday on the eve of a summit where leaders will discuss the way forward on migration.  EU President Donald Tusk … Continue reading
14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 13 December 2017 — While the accusations grow against Russia for using social networks to manipulate the Catalan crisis, the American elections and Britain’s Brexit, the Kremlin-financed press gains space in Cuba. The references to Sputnik and Russia Today, which is now called RT, are increasingly frequent in the official media, which presents them among … Continue reading "‘Sputnik’ and ‘Russia Today’ Invade the Cuban Media" Continue reading
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu greets the EU´s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, at press conference. Brussels, December 11 (RHC-Agencies) The European Union has rejected Benjamin Netanyahu's call to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel … Continue reading
HAVANA, Cuba, Nov 21 (acn) The Cuban government characterized on Tuesday in Havana the … a Peace Zone, signed in Havana by the region's … on January of 2014. The Cuban diplomat added that it… Venezuelan people, said Sierra Diaz. Cuba expresses its rejection to the … Continue reading
Iván García, 20 November 2017 — While Robert Gabriel Mugabe, the oldest dictator in the world at age 93, was giving a televised statement from Harare, surrounded by soldiers and elegantly-dressed officials, many miles away from Zimbabwe, Edna, a history professor at a pre-university, was washing clothes in Havana, in an anachronistic Aurika from the … Continue reading "The Crisis in Zimbabwe is Barely Mentioned in the Cuban Media / Iván García" Continue reading
Tripoli, November 20 (RHC)-- In Libya, human rights monitors who toured the country’s migrant detention camps say nearly 20,000 people are enduring “horrific conditions.”  United Nations spokesperson Jeremy Laurence told reporters: "Monitors were … Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 24 October 12017 – Cuba’s General Customs Office of the Republic (AGR) issued a press release Monday reminding about the rules in force regarding non-commercial imports of stoves that “use electrical resistance for their operation.” Air conditioners, washing machines and televisions are among the appliances most imported to Cuba by domestic travelers. Stoves are also among … Continue reading "Cuban Customs Limits Imports of Electric Stoves" Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 18 October 2017 — The European Commission has approved a project of 700,000 euros to repair damaged houses in the municipality of Yaguajay after the passage of powerful hurricane Irma, which ravaged Cuba between 7 and 10 September. The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) will be responsible for reconstruction work on the ground with … Continue reading "UN And EU Allocate $826,000 To Repair Homes In Cuba Destroyed By Hurricane Irma" Continue reading
EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini Luxembourg, October 17 (RHC)-- European Union foreign ministers have reaffirmed their support for the historic nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries, saying the accord is working and is a … Continue reading
Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza Caracas, October 14 (RHC)-- Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza has denounced the European Union and the U.S. President Donald Trump's government for ignoring the transparency of the South … Continue reading
… cooperation with the governments of Cuba and Burundi, the European Union … the outbreak of cholera. The Cuban Ambassador Carlos Trejo Sosa requested … cooperation and the possibility of Cuban assistance in humanitarian deliveries as … great relations with since the Cuban people are descendants of these … Continue reading
… Spain, Alfonso María Dastis Quecedo Havana, September 5 (RHC)-- The … María Dastis Quecedo arrived in Cuba Tuesday on a two-day official … , aimed at strengthening bilateral ties. Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez visited … dialogue and cooperation agreement between Cuba and the European Union. Edited … Continue reading
14ymedio, Eliecer Avila, Havana, 15 July 2017 — The visit to Cuba by United Nations expert on Human Rights, Virginia Dandan, ended this Friday. The press conference she offered before leaving fueled expectations, after spending several days in an intense program of meetings and activities “on the ground.” In her statements, however, the official from the … Continue reading "Virginia Dandan, The Expert Who Asks No Questions" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 12 June 2107 — With a decade’s worth of fledgling but stalled attempts at reforming Cuba’s economic system, a convulsive situation in Venezuela that could have repercussions in Havana and less than eight months to go before the end of his term as president of the Council of State and Council of … Continue reading "3D Film, Raul Castro’s New Hobby / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Últimas desvergüenzas, editorial 489 11 Julio, 2017 8:00 pm por Primavera Digital en Cuba La Habana, Cuba, Redacción Hab, (PD) La dictadura militar castrista reivindicó ese poder absoluto que disfraza de “soberanía e independencia” en el tema derechos humanos para violarlos a gusto. Esta fue su respuesta, luego de la aprobación por la Eurocámara del […] Continue reading
Will Trump Open A Pandora's Box Of Litigation Over Cuban Property?
If the president fails to continue the suspension of Title III, business
relations will be disrupted far more severely and irreparably than they
would be by any regulatory change.
07/10/2017 02:34 pm ET

Long before the Departments of State, Treasury, and Commerce finish
writing the new regulations that President Trump ordered to restrict
trade and travel to Cuba, the president will face another decision on
relations with Havana that could be far more consequential for U.S.
businesses. By July 16, he will have to decide whether to continue
suspending certain provisions of Title III of the Cuban Liberty and
Democratic Solidarity Act of 1996 (also known as Helms-Burton, after its
sponsors).

If he allows Title III to go fully into effect, he will open the door to
as many as 200,0000 lawsuits by U.S. nationals whose property was taken
by the Cuban government after 1959.

U.S. courts would be swamped, the ability of U.S. companies to do
business on the island would be crippled, and allies abroad might
retaliate for U.S. suits brought against their companies in Cuba. The
tangle of resulting litigation would take years to unwind.

Title III allows U.S. nationals to file suit in U.S. courts against
anyone "trafficking" in their confiscated property in Cuba—that is,
anyone assuming an equity stake in it or profiting from it. The U.S.
Foreign Claims Settlement Commission has certified 5,913 claims of U.S.
nationals whose property was seized. These are the claims that Cuba and
the United States had begun to discuss during the Obama administration.

But Title III takes the unusual position of allowing naturalized Cuban
Americans who lost property to also file suit against alleged
traffickers. Normally, international law recognizes the sovereign right
of governments to dispose of the property of their own citizens.
According to the Department of State, by including Cuban Americans who
were not U.S. citizens when their property was taken, Title III creates
the potential for an estimated 75,000-200,000 claims worth "tens of
billions of dollars."

Back in 1996, angry opposition from U.S. allies Canada, Mexico, and
Western Europe, whose companies doing business in Cuba would be the
targets of Title III law suits, led President Bill Clinton to insist on
a presidential waiver provision in Title III when Congress was debating
the law. As a result, the president has the authority to suspend for six
months the right to file Title III law suits, and he can renew that
suspension indefinitely. Every six months since the Cuban Liberty and
Democratic Solidarity Act was passed, successive presidents, Democrat
and Republican alike, have continued the suspension of Title III.

If President Trump does not renew the suspension by July 16, however,
claimants will be free to file Title III law suits by the tens of
thousands. Once the suits have been filed, there will be no way to undo
the resulting legal chaos.

When the Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity Act was passed, U.S.
allies in the Americas and Europe denounced its extraterritorial reach.
Mexico, Canada, and the United Kingdom passed laws prohibiting
compliance with it. The European Union filed a complaint with the World
Trade Organization, which it dropped after President Clinton suspended
Title III. In fact, the principal justification both President Clinton
and President George W. Bush offered for continuing the suspension was
the need to maintain cooperation with European allies.

If President Trump does not renew the suspension, all these old wounds
with allies will be reopened as U.S. claimants try to haul foreign
companies into U.S. courts for doing business in Cuba. We already have
enough tough issues on our agenda with Mexico, Canada, and Europe
without adding another one.

U.S. businesses would not be exempt from potential liability. A Cuban
American family in Miami claims to have owned the land on which José
Martí International Airport was built, so any U.S. carrier using the air
field could be sued under Title III. Another family that owned the Port
of Santiago could file suit against U.S. cruise ships docking there.

Moreover, it would be almost impossible for a U.S. company to know in
advance whether a proposed business opportunity in Cuba might become the
subject of Title III litigation. "This will effectively end for decades
any attempt to restore trade between the U.S. and Cuba," attorney Robert
Muse told the Tampa Bay Times.

Explaining the new trade and travel regulations that President Trump
announced on June 16, senior administration officials said they were
designed "to not disrupt existing business" that U.S. companies were
doing in Cuba. If the president fails to continue the suspension of
Title III, business relations will be disrupted far more severely and
irreparably than they would be by any regulatory change.

Source: Will Trump Open A Pandora's Box Of Litigation Over Cuban
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Havana, July 7 (RHC-Granma)-- The Cuban National Assembly's International … of relations between Brussels and Havana.  The Cuban parliamentarians noted that the … the Cuban statement, calling “unnecessary, inopportune” and  seeking to lecture Cuba on … Continue reading
… against Havana. But EU deputies also passed a separate resolution demanding Cuba … that move "interference in (Cuban) internal affairs." It called … " in the European Union. Cuba has been gradually opening up … ;s predecessor Barack Obama. But Cuba refuses to be lectured by … Continue reading
… between the European Union and Cuba as the continental bloc makes … 's hard-line stance against Havana. Lawmakers of the European Parliament … ;s new hard-line policy toward Havana, MEP Elena Valenciano, the rapporteur … step to normalize relations with Havana. Edited by Pavel Jacomino Continue reading
… (RHC/Prensa Latina)-- Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez continues … the meeting, Bruno Rodriguez said Cuban ties with Rome have a … cultural grounds, adding that in Cuba there is 'great affection … process of improving relations between Cuba and the European Union.  He … Continue reading
Rome, June 12 (RHC)-- A two-day environmental summit of the Group of Seven (G-7) industrialized nations plus the European Union and four invited countries kicked off in the Italian city of Bologna on Sunday.  The agenda set by host and G-7 president Italy … Continue reading
Havana, June 12 (RHC)-- Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez met Monday in Havana with his … European Union (EU) and Cuba.  The top Cuban diplomat commended also the … Continue reading
Human Rights Violations: How to Report them? / Somos+

Somos+, 20 March 2017 — During the last session of Academia 10/10, we
were joined by renowned Prof. Moisés Rodríguez Valdés, a physicist by
profession but one with ample knowledge of human rights and civil liberties.

He is the chief spokesperson in Cuba for Corriente Martiana. Attendees
enjoyed this very valuable conference during which, among other
important topics, he explained how to formally report human rights
violations to the United Nations. The following are some of the major
points he shared with us.

Report violations of human rights you have experienced to the United
Nations.

Not doing so encourages the perpetrators' sense of impunity, even if
this is not your intention.

The process is easy and does not take much time, but the effect can be
significant if everyone follows established procedures.

We hear reports on a daily basis, through Radio Martí and other
broadcasters, as well as through digital and print media, of human
rights violations against civil society activists not formally
recognized, who are vilified and repressed and, occasionally, are
subject to unjustified physical violence.

Using the media to raise public awareness is NECESSARY, BUT IS NOT
ENOUGH. That is because UN resolution 1503 precludes the organization
from considering complaints based on press reports (see annex, UN Res.
1503).

Some complaints are forwarded to international human rights
organizations, such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International,
among others. There is nothing wrong with it, but this is also NOT
ENOUGH. UN Res. 1503 establishes that the complaint must be filed by the
victims, their representatives or organizations located in the places
where the actions were known to have occurred.

Furthermore, it is well-known that complaints by the European Union and
even the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), while
noteworthy, have proved to be inadequate in stopping systemic and
institutionalized violations depicting a persistent situation, which is
what triggers UN mechanisms.

Failure to communicate individual facts to this international
institution means to forego the one institution that can compel the
Cuban government to halt violations committed by state officials and
institutions, which essentially means State Security agents.

It is not a question of resolving individual cases but rather that out
of all the complaints made it will be possible to put members of the
Cuban government on the stand, as was done until prior to 2006, when the
Commission on Human Rights was replaced by the current UN Human Rights
Council (UNHRC).

The fact that the Cuban government has served on Council three times, or
that it is currently a member, does not preclude us from seeking redress
from that government through other channels provided we report each
violation we have personally experienced, or that others we know have
experienced, whether they are civil society activists or the population
at large.

For information on how to go about filing a complaint, we are attaching
the text of Res. 1503, which you should review prior to initiating such
communication, as well as the sample form to report violations to the
so-called special procedures.

We suggest that you begin the process by emailing your written testimony
to Corriente Martiana:

corrientemartiana2004@gmail.com

It will be reviewed and forwarded to the UN by people who have years of
experience in dealing with these matters. They will also send you
suggestions on how to format any future correspondence.

Do not fail to do so, for only in this manner will we contribute to
increase the political cost to the Cuban government for its systemic,
institutionalized violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms,
which keep the country in a continuous state of crisis, cause the steady
exodus of fellow countrymen and keep the citizenry mired in an effort to
survive amidst generalized fear and misery, which prevents them from
acting as legitimate citizens but rather as accomplices due to their
dependence upon the totalitarian regime imposed on our country.

Looking forward that you will carefully assess this suggestion, I remain,

Sincerely,

Moisés Leonardo Rodríguez Valdés

Human Rights Advocate

This document was prepared and distributed by Corriente Martiana, an
institution currently focused on the promotion of human rights through
face-to-face teaching, distribution of information and teaching
material, and implementing pressure strategies on decision-making
individuals.

Address: Ave. 45 # 2410 e/ 24 y 26. Cabañas, municipio Mariel, provincia
Artemisa. Cuba

Emails: corrientemartianacuba2004@gmail.com moises47@nauta.cu

Web page:
www,corrientemartianacuba.org
@cubamartiana

Mobile phone: +53 5 3351152

Annex 1

Procedure contemplated in Res. 1503, reviewed (summary of the main
points for purposes of this suggestion).

The fact that a communication is forwarded to the applicable government
and an acknowledgment of receipt is forwarded to the author thereof does
not mean any opinion as to the admissibility or merits of the
communication. When the Working Group finds that there is reasonable
evidence to the existence of a persistent sitatuon of manifest human
rights violations, the matter will be referred to the Working Group on
Situations for review. The Working Group on Situations will consist, as
before, of five members designated by regional groups, and due attention
shall be given to the rotation of its members.

The Group shall meet one month, at the latest, prior to the Commission's
meeting, in order to review particular situations referred to it by the
Working Group on Communications, and it shall subsequently decide
whether or not to refer some of those situations to the Commission.

Then, the Commission shall adopt a decision on each particular situation
brought to its attention in this manner. Confidentiality.

All initial steps of the process are confidential until a situation is
referred to the Social and Economic Council (ECOSOC). However, since
1978, the Chairman of the Commission on Human Rights has disclosed the
names of those countries subject to review. Thus, if a situation of
abuses occurring in a given country are not resolved during the initial
stages of the process, it can be brought to the attention of the
international community through the ECOSOC, which is one of the main UN
bodies.

What are the admissibility criteria for a communication to be reviewed?

– No communication shall be admitted which is contrary to the principles
of the UN Charter or which displays political motivations.

– Only one communication shall be admitted if, after having reviewed it,
it is determined that there are reasonable grounds to believe –also
having taken into account all replies sent by the interested country–
that there is a persistent situation of manifest, conclusively proven
violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms.

– Communications may originate from individuals or groups claiming to be
victims of human rights violations or from those having first-hand,
reliable knowledge of those violations. Anonymous communications shall
be inadmissible, as well as those based on media reports.

– Each communication shall describe the events and indicate the purpose
of the petition, as well as the rights which were violated. As a general
rule, communications containing offensive terms or insulting comments
regarding the State against which a claim is made shall not be reviewed.

– In order for a communication to be reviewed all internal remedies must
have been exhausted, unless it can be convincingly proven that national
solutions would be ineffective or would take longer than reasonable
expected to be achieved.

Annex 2

THIS IS THE MOST COMMON COMMUNICATION MODEL USED, WHICH YOU MAY USE:

Communication to UN Special Procedures from CUBA.

(Read the instructions at the end prior to beginning your communication.)

i. Identification of individuals(s) victim(s):

1. Surnames:

2. Given Names:

3. Sex: M____ F____

4. Date of birth or age (at the time of being subject to the violation):

5. Citizenship(s):

6. a) Type of ID (ID from your country, passport or similar).

ID Card

b) Number:

7. Profession and/or activity (if there are grounds to believe that the
violation of rights and/or freedoms bears any relation to it(them):

8. Current address:

City: Province:

II. Identification of violation's perpetrators.

1. Date when violation occurred:

2. Place where violation occurred (please provide as many details as
possible):

3. Alleged perpetrators of violation:

4. Are perpetrators members of any official institution? Which one?

III. Please provide a detailed description of events and circumstances
under which the violation subject to the communication occurred (be
brief and concise).

IV. Indicate which rights were allegedly violated during incident
subject to the communication.

V. Identification of individual(s) or organization(s) filing the
communication:

1. Name and surnames of individual(s) or name of the organization and
representative's name:

2. a) Address of the individual or the organization's headquarters:

City: Province:

b) Email:

c) Telephone No. (landline):

d) Cell phone:

Instructions.

1. If you submit a handwritten communication, please use black or blue
ink and write legibly, preferably in block letters.

2. Your communication shall not be reviewed if you use insulting
language or political content.

3. Please limit yourself to describing the events in connection with the
incident and clearly and concisely provide only the essential details.
It is not a questions of evaluating or giving an opinion, only of
describing the facts.

4. No anonymous communications shall be accepted.

To clarify any questions, you can contact Moisés Leonardo Rodriguez at:

Avenida 45 número 2410 entre 24 y 26, Cabañas, municipio Mariel,
provincia Artemisa. CP 34100. Cuba.

Email: corrientemartiana2004@gmail.com

Let's do it! That way we will achieve a more favorable environment for
the defense of Human Rights!

P.A. Mosés Leonardo Rodríguez

Original Corriente Martiana founder.

Translated by: Anonymous

Source: Human Rights Violations: How to Report them? / Somos+ –
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Somos+, 20 March 2017 — During the last session of Academia 10/10, we were joined by renowned Prof. Moisés Rodríguez Valdés, a physicist by profession but one with ample knowledge of human rights and civil liberties. He is the chief spokesperson in Cuba for Corriente Martiana. Attendees enjoyed this very valuable conference during which, among other important … Continue reading "Human Rights Violations: How to Report them? / Somos+" Continue reading
Havana, June 6 (RHC)-- Foreign … Waszczykowski held talks Monday in Havana with Cuban Minister for Planning and … Cuban economy minister, the Polish diplomacy chief held talks with his Cuban … and Cooperation Agreement signed between Cuba and the European Union in … Continue reading
Iván García, 1 June 2017– The majority of the openly anti-Castro opponents I know do not live in lavish mansions nor do they possess items fashioned with the latest technology. Neither do they boast bank accounts in financial paradises and they do not own yachts or beach houses.  I don’t believe any of them know how … Continue reading "Autonomy of Cuban Dissidents Will Always Be Beneficial / Iván García" Continue reading
London, May 16 (RHC)-- A number of major banks operating in London are planning to move some 9,000 jobs out of the UK as the country prepares to leave the European Union, a new report has revealed.  A tally of job warnings since July last year, when 52 … Continue reading
… Relations between Cuba and Europe was inaugurated Monday in Havana. The European Union's Ambassador in Cuba, Herman … today's Cuban society. At the ceremony, Havana City Historian Eusebio … cooperation project run by the Havana Historian's Office. Edited … Continue reading
14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 9 May 2017 — Cubans have not seen the images of that lady who, armed only with her determination, stopped an armored police tank in the streets of Caracas. The official press also conceals the tears of those who have lost their children because of the repression of the those in uniform and the … Continue reading "Manipulation And Silence, Cuba’s Information Policy On Venezuela" Continue reading
Dozens Of Ladies In White Arrested On The 100th Day Of TodosMarchamos

14ymedio, Havana, 8 May 2017 – At least 38 Ladies in White were arrested
this Sunday in Havana, Matanzas, Guantanamo, Ciego de Avila and Santa
Clara, during the 100th day of the #TodosMarchamos (We All March)
campaign for the release of Cuba's political prisoners.

The leader of the group, Berta Soler, was arrested along with three
other activists outside the group's headquarters in Havana's Lawton
neighborhood. The women carried posters denouncing the harassment
against their movement, dissident Deisy Artiles told 14ymedio.

Soler was leaving the headquarters along with to Yamilet Garro, Aliuska
Gómez and Sodrelis Turruella when they were intercepted and arrested by
the police. Inside the house were Artiles, along with Ladies in White
Zenaida Hidalgo and Cecilia Guerra.

The police also detained, in the vicinity of the headquarters, the
former political prisoner Angel Moya Acosta and the activist Jose Oscar
Sánchez.

"The operation started on Friday morning," Artiles said, adding that "an
act of repudiation was carried out [against Berta Soler] at the time of
her arrest."

Dissident Ada Lopez was also arrested outside her home when she tried to
reach the headquarters of the movement. Her husband reported the arrest
and managed to photograph the moment she was taken to a police car.

In Matanzas, at least a dozen of the movement's women managed to reach
the church to attend Sunday Mass, while 19 were arrested on the way to
the parish.

"We have had an operation since Saturday in front of the houses of the
Ladies in White," said Matanzas activist Leticia Ramos Herrería.

The police "have been embroiled in trying to end our movement," says the
opponent. "The threats they are making against the activists and their
families are serious. Many are being fined for simply evading the police
cordon in front of their homes."

In the town of Palma Soriano, in Santiago de Cuba, a dozen members of
the group were arrested, while in Ciego de Avila the police violently
arrested the dissidents Lucía López Rondón and Mayden Maidique Cruz.

On Thursday, the Cuban Observatory for Human Rights (OCDH) issued a
report in which it stated there were 1,809 arbitrary detentions in the
island during the first four months of 2017.

Throughout the month of April the organization documented 467 arbitrary
arrests, of which 335 were women and 132 were men. 147 of those arrested
were black and ten of them were "beaten brutally," according to the text.

The OCDH emphasizes that a climate of repression prevails "at a time
when the Cuban Government has achieved important international support
such as that from the European Union and the Government of Spain," and
warns that "in the coming months the political climate may be aggravated
because of the government's nervousness over the difficult economic and
social situation that Cuba is facing."

Source: Dozens Of Ladies In White Arrested On The 100th Day Of
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14ymedio, 8 May 2017 – According to a report on foreign debt by Spain’s Secretary of State for the Economy and Business Support released to the newspaper El Economista, Greece and Cuba account for 60% of all foreign debt owed to Spain. According to the report, Cuba owes the Spanish State 2.07 billion euros, (about 2.27 billion dollars). The … Continue reading "Greece and Cuba Account for 60% of the Debt Owed to Spain" Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 8 May 2017 – At least 38 Ladies in White were arrested this Sunday in Havana, Matanzas, Guantanamo, Ciego de Avila and Santa Clara, during the 100th day of the #TodosMarchamos (We All March) campaign for the release of Cuba’s political prisoners. The leader of the group, Berta Soler, was arrested along with … Continue reading "Dozens Of Ladies In White Arrested On The 100th Day Of #TodosMarchamos" Continue reading