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United Nations, December 14 (RHC)-- United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres is calling on the Honduran government to guarantee the rule of law and the protection of human rights within the country.  According to a U.N. spokesperson, Guterres “ … Continue reading

Las autoridades chinas están recopilando datos biológicos como ADN a millones de personas que residen en la conflictiva región china de Xinjiang, lo que supone una "grave" violación del derecho internacional, denunció este miércoles la organización Human Rights Watch (HRW).

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El director para las Américas de Human Rights Watch (HRW), José Miguel Vivanco, denunció hoy "indicios contundentes de fraude electoral" en los comicios presidenciales en Honduras del 26 de noviembre.

"Hay indicios contundentes de fraude electoral en Honduras, y estos señalamientos deben ser investigados y debe respetarse la voluntad de los votantes", destacó Vivanco en un comunicado citado por EFE.

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… Fidel, are fundamentally humanist The Cuban Constitution, proclaimed February 24, 1976 … human solidarity.” It continues: “The Cuban state recognizes, respects, and guarantees … freedom. In the Republic of Cuba religious institutions are separate from … Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 11 December 2017 – Until a few years ago the concept “human rights” was frowned upon by Cuba’s ruling party. The mere mention of these two words together automatically labeled a citizen as on the opposing side and there was no lack of acts of repudiation against dissidents in which slogans were shouted in … Continue reading "The Human Rights That Are Missing In Cuba" Continue reading
… . (Photo: Vicente Brito / Escambray).Cuba’s greatest achievements are expressed … , health, and social security areas Cuba exhibits tangible human rights achievements … Olympic Games, Granma newspaper said. Cuba has been since January 1 … Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 4 December 2017 — In November, the Cuban authorities carried out 302 temporary arbitrary detentions, a figure that according to the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) is the second lowest since the beginning of 2017. The organization attributes this decrease to the fact that, during the past municipal elections, the … Continue reading "Cuban Government Focused Repression Against Independent Candidates / 14yMedio" Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 5 December 2017 — Dissident Eduardo Cardet received a visit from his wife Yaimaris Vecino on Monday, in the Holguin prison where has already served a year, after a trial that his family believes was manipulated by Cuban State Security. Cardet, a doctor by profession and national coordinator of the Christian Liberation Movement … Continue reading "Eduardo Cardet, a Year in Prison for "Political Reasons"" Continue reading
Cubanet, María Matienzo, Havana, 23 November 2017 — According to Claudio Fuentes, photographer and human rights activist, he’s started doing something like ten interviews and they haven’t published any of them. Maybe it has to do with that mania he has to be always behind the camera, pointing the lens at the Ladies in White, other activists … Continue reading "Claudio Fuentes: "I Do Not Want to be an Opponent One More Day"" Continue reading
Dimas Castellano, 20 November 2017 — On November 1, 2017, Cuba presented to the UN General Assembly the project entitled “Need to end the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the US against Cuba.” In his speech, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez criticized the policy contained in the Presidential National Security Memorandum on the strengthening of the … Continue reading "Three Points to Solve the Embargo / Dimas Castellano" Continue reading

I have been thinking about a debate between two Human Rights activists last week. One is a Mexican man from an area racked by very high levels of violence, who told me about the femicides and disappearances that plague his city, even taking the innocent. The other is a Cuban woman who talked about the threats and attacks to which she (and her family) has been subjected for her pro-democracy activism.

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Laritza Diversent, 25 November 2017 — Paragraph 9 of Resolution 60/251 establishes that, in order to be able to occupy the position of Member of the Human Rights Council, countries will have to apply stricter rules for the advancement and protection of human rights. Cuba claimed in its candidacy that it signs up to 46 … Continue reading "Stricter Rules For The Advancement And Protection Of Human Rights / Laritza Diversent" Continue reading
14ymedio, 25 November 2017 — The Mexican illustrator Joan X. Vázquez has created a series of comics produced by the human rights organization Amnesty International entitled Cubans’ Lives  whose pages tell the lives of Cubans and the continuous restrictions to which they are subjected in their day-to-day lives. The first issue is dedicated to Graciela, a … Continue reading "A Life Truncated For Criticizing The Cuban Government" 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
New Orleans, November 20 (RHC)-- An undocumented human rights activist has taken sanctuary inside a New Orleans church in an attempt to avoid deportation back to El Salvador.  Jose Torres is the father of two U.S.-born daughters, both of whom are … Continue reading

La organización Human Rights Watch (HRW) pidió este lunes al Gobierno chino que deje de construir plataformas de "big data" que almacenan información personal de la población, a las que considera "abusivas" por violar el derecho de privacidad, reporta EFE.

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Spending $250,000 on lobbying, the travel-booking site successfully secured language in Trump’s new Cuba regulations that allows individual travel Continue reading
A year ago, Mugabe attended the funeral of Fidel Castro, his comrade in authoritarianism, perhaps like one who participates in his own funeral. 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 16 November 2017 – No one who has been in power for four decades is innocent and Robert Mugabe will not be the exception. This week the 93-year-old African … Continue reading "Another Ally Falls: The Siege Against Robert Mugabe" Continue reading
… (RHC/Prensa Latina)-- Cuba has demanded that the United … . The call was made by Cuban representative Ana Silvia Rodriguez during … and human rights," the Cuban diplomat stated.  Ana Silvia Rodriguez … her statements by affirming that Cuba supports a two-state solution for … Continue reading
14ymedio, Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, 10 November 2017 — He scribbled on a wall and they detained him for several months; he founded an opposition party and they accused him of buying some sacks of cement; he opened an independent media outlet and they denounced him for treason. Every step taken to be free ended with a disproportionate … Continue reading "The Art Of Turning Artists Into “Enemies”" Continue reading
… activists have publicly stated. The Cuban government and the police “violated … , so they invalidated their candidacies.” Cuba’s electoral laws ban candidates … candidates for municipal councils in Havana were both easily defeated in … council had ended. The independent Cuban Commission for Human Rights and … Continue reading
14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 9 November 2017 — An arbitrary arrest is not the same if on the other side of the bars there is a family willing to ask questions or a friend who dares to investigate. Roberto Jiménez Gutiérrez believed that no one would notice his absence, which began on October 23 when the … Continue reading "A 16-Day Detention That Started With a Kidnapping" Continue reading
Pedro Campos, Miami, 2 November 2017 – Once again, as expected, the United Nations condemns the United States embargo on Cuba. This annual exercise is part of the diversionary masquerade of the Castro regime to try to make the naïve believe that it is the United States that is the main culprit in Cuba’s economic and … Continue reading "The US Embargo and Cuba’s Internal Blockade in Times of Halloween" Continue reading
14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 4 November 2017 — The Catholic priest José Conrado Rodríguez, parish priest of the church of San Francisco de Paula in Trinidad, visited Miami last week to present his book Dreams and Nightmares of a Priest in Cuba. On the way to Miami’s Ermita de la Caridad, where he planned to offer … Continue reading "Obama Made The Mistake Of “Giving In Without Demanding,” Regrets Father Conrado" Continue reading
… US negative vote against the Cuban resolution was only supported by … and Israel voted against the Cuban resolution on the Need to … community slams that hostile policy. Cuba Denounces Hardening of US Blockade … the Cuban people and how it violates their human rights. Cuban Foreign … Continue reading
… human rights and democracy in Cuba, while maintaining engagement that advances … the U.S. Embassy in Havana. Cuba denies it bears responsibility for … expelled 15 Cuban diplomats (by Cuba’s count 17) from the Cuban Embassy … by the Cuban military and discontinue individual people-to-people travel to Cuba. The … Continue reading
Washington, October 31 (RHC)-- Human rights campaigners rallied outside the White House on Monday, calling on the Donald Trump administration to release children and their parents from the Berks County Residential Center in Pennsylvania, where families … Continue reading
… to unexplained “sonic attacks” in Havana. “The Trump administration policy gives … human rights and democracy in Cuba, while maintaining engagement that advances … worsen relations between Washington and Havana that were already under strain … from the embassy in Havana and ordering 15 Cuban diplomats to leave … Continue reading
… resolution condemning its embargo against Cuba, one year after it abstained … ;s new Cuba policy. "The Trump policy on Cuba gives greater … human rights and democracy in Cuba while maintaining engagement that serves … , oversaw slowly warming ties with Havana and a loosening of the … Continue reading
… sought to normalize relations with Havana, one of several policies President … effectively rolled back Obama’s Cuban rapprochement. The new rules forbid … human rights and democracy in Cuba, while maintaining engagement that serves … medical injuries targeting Americans in Havana. Two-dozen government personnel have been … Continue reading
… first time, as Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro moved forward … U.S. government workers in Havana harmed by invisible attacks on … human rights and democracy in Cuba, while maintaining engagement that advances … , economic and financial embargo on Cuba is extremely unpopular with other … Continue reading
Buenos Aires, October 30 (RHC)-- In Argentina, the family of Santiago Maldonado has met with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, IACHR, in the Legislative Palace of Montevideo, Uruguay.  The family requested that international experts be sent … Continue reading
… horrible slums. Cuba is not what it seems. The Cuban officials steered … Madan, the correspondent of the Cubanet website in Matanzas; Raymundo Perdigon … the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation notes that Cuba … attractions of the island by Cuban leaders, Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver, a … Continue reading

Denial, Exclusion and Repression is the title of the report on the human rights situation faced by the Afro-Cuban population, drafted by the Citizens' Committee for Racial Integration (CIR).

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14ymedio, Havana, 23 October 2017 — A brief communiqué issued Sunday by the Dignity Movement demands for its activists “the citizen’s right to exercise freedom of movement and communication,” following several arrests during this weekend in Palmarito del Cauto, in the province of Santiago de Cuba. The activist Belkis Cantillo, leader of the Dignity Movement, … Continue reading "Dignity Movement Activists Denounce “Repression And Arbitrary Arrests”" Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 23 October 2017 — The authorities prevented Yoandy Izquierdo Toledo, a member of the Center for Coexistence Studies (CEC), from boarding a plane to Spain on Saturday to attend a conference at the European University of Valencia, as confirmed by the activist himself to 14ymedio. Izquierdo, who was also going to participate in a youth … Continue reading "Yoandy Izquierdo, Banned From Leaving Cuba, Unable to Travel to Spain" Continue reading
HAVANA, Cuba, Oct 23 (ACN) the Cuban Workers' Confederation (CTC) and … the human rights of the Cuban people. It called the blockade … rest of the organizations of Cuban civil society, which demand the … that Cuba is part of the territory of the United States. CubanContinue reading
Regina Coyula (Report from the Ooni Team) — Last May, members of the Open Observatory of the Network Interference Project (Ooni), traveled to Cuba and performed a series of tests measuring the performance of the internet at eight connection points in Havana, Santa Clara and Santiago de Cuba, with the goal of measuring the censorship … Continue reading "Measuring Internet Censorship in Cuba / Regina Coyula" Continue reading

For two centuries we Latin Americans have viewed the United States as a mixture of an imperial superpower that threatens us, and the kind of prosperous and open society we envy.

In politics, we learned to hate the CIA, but to admire the civil rights movement; we criticize the legacy of Bush, but we celebrate that of Obama. Meanwhile, the most radical have supported an anti-imperialism that refuses to acknowledge changes over time in neighboring behemoth.

However, we are hardly as wary when it comes to the presence and agenda of other powers. Paradoxically, these powers – whose history, culture and political regimes are very foreign to our bicentennial republicanism, democratic progressivism and Latin American social movements – are very active in the region today.

China, with its powerful mix of capital investment, offers of credit, and the massive purchasing of commodities, is banking on a slow and steady advance.

Russia, incapable of competing with China's burgeoning power, turns to technical/military collaboration and bilateral geopolitical alliances;: and, in the midst of all this, strategies and tactics inherited from the KGB seem to be taking on new life.

The reappearance in Latin American forums and publications of Nikolai Leónov, the veteran agent who recruited Raúl Castro in the land of the Aztecs, years before the revolutionary triumph, is eyebrow-raising. This is the man who trained Nicaragua's FSLN to carry out works of sabotage on the Mexican-American border. And who in Latin America implemented Yuri Andropov's strategy to discredit (through operations of psychological warfare and propaganda) and to beat back (through the triumph of allied regimes) the United States throughout the Third World, to crown its global defeat in the Cold War. The same Leonov who two years ago wrote the biography of the current Cuban president, packed with Leninist lexicon and a rejection of liberal democracy.

Also making a comeback are events organized by regional social science institutions and their Russian counterparts, affiliated with the Kremlin, such as diplomatic, economic and history academies, featuring ideologues and apparatchiks from the Soviet era.

Moscow's media network, including outlets like RT and Sputnik World, has become a source of information and voice for intellectuals backing Latin American populism and anti-imperialism. These are the same figures calling for the necessary expansion of democracy under their neoliberal governments, but who remain silent regarding manifestations of social conservatism and political authoritarianism and imperialism under Putin.

Latin America needs to forge alliances in a complex and convulsive world, in which a half-millennium of western global primacy seems to be giving way to a burgeoning Asia. But doing so by banking on extracontinental autocracies will not bring about greater social equity or respect for human rights.

This is not a clash of civilizations, with culture and faith as unshakable pillars. Rather, the problem is more conventional. We live under regimes where it is possible to oppose the government and, by peaceful means, reform the state. It is a matter of choosing whether we will ally ourselves with powers where the regime, state and government are all one and the same, and an oppressive one, alien and hostile to our idea and experience as citizens; or count on other satraps, liberally supporting their Latin American allies, to get rid of our oligarchs.

This article originally appeared in the Mexican newspaper La Razón. It is published here with the author's permission.

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14ymedio, Miami, 12 October 2017 – On Tuesday, President Donald Trump nominated the Cuban-American Yleem Poblete the a position as assistant secretary of state, according to a statement from the White House. Poblete is an expert in foreign policy and national security who worked for nearly two decades for the United States House of Representatives Committee on … Continue reading "Trump Names Cuban American For Job In His Government" Continue reading
Ivan Garcia,25 September 2017 — If you want to go to the house of the 58-year-old dissident lawyer, Julio Ferrer Tamayo, the busy Esquina de Tejas, which is ten minutes by car from central Havana, can do as a reference point. Four important city streets meet at the famous corner; Monte, Infanta, Calzadas de Cerro, … Continue reading "Interview with Julio Ferrer Tamayo, Independent Cuban Lawyer / Iván García" Continue reading
Ivan Garcia, 6 October 2017 — On Friday, 29 September, a light intermittent drizzle and overcast sky lent a mournful touch to the area around the United States Embassy in Havana. The six-story building with tinted glass and stone-clad facade, where every morning hundreds of people line up for consular appointments and dozens of dissidents … Continue reading "What Cubans Say About the Partial Closure of the US Embassy / Iván García" Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 7 October 2017 — Cuban dissident Darsi Ferret, who has lived in the United States since 2012, was found dead Saturday in West Palm Beach, as confirmed to 14ymedio by his colleagues and family. Ferret, 47, a doctor, was at a local television station planning to launch in that Florida city when he died in … Continue reading "Darsi Ferret Dies in Miami" Continue reading