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14ymedio, Havana, 26 April 2017 — Activists Arturo Rojas Rodríguez and Aida Valdés Santana were arrested at noon on Tuesday as they tried to reach the Justice Ministry in Havana. The dissidents planned to enter into the associations register the Citizens Observers of Electoral Processes (Cope) initiative, one of the branches of the #Otro18 (Another 2018) … Continue reading "Two Cuban Activists From #Otro18 Arrested" Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 13 January 2017 — Matilde sold her home just two weeks ago to pay for the immigration route to the United States. Thursday, the hope of achieving her dreams burst when president Barack Obama put an end to the wet foot/dry foot policy that granted legal residency to Cubans who reached the United States. … Continue reading "Washington Closes The Escape Valve / 14ymedio" Continue reading
14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 11 August 2016 – Cuba’s immigration authorities prevented activists Ivan Hernandez and Felix Navarro from traveling outside Cuba this Thursday. The former prisoners of the 2003 Black Spring were invited to participate in the 2nd Cuban National Conference that be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, from 12 to 14 August, but … Continue reading "Ivan Hernandez And Felix Navarro Prevented From Leaving Cuba “A Second Time” / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar" Continue reading
14ymedio, Mario J. Penton, Miami, 21 July 2016 — With blood-stained clothes and wounds and bruises on her arms, Ana Margarito Perdigon Brito returned to Miami from Havana’s Jose Marti Airport this past June. No one knew how to rationalize that the Cuban government prohibited her, a citizen of that country whose paperwork was in … Continue reading "The Emigrant Must Earn Brownie Points to Enter Cuba / 14ymedio, Mario Penton" Continue reading
Wilfredo Vallín Almeida — On various occasions, I have seen a video depicting a meeting between economist Jose Triana from the Center for Studies of the Cuban Economy and officials from the Interior Ministry. In the video, Triana explains his point of view … Continue reading Continue reading
Wilfredo Vallin Almeida Many events throughout our existence can be forgotten, but others leave a deep memory that does not go away. And these events may have had many demonstrations as they can be taken for granted, a dream, an … Continue reading Continue reading
CUBA IN FOCUS – New book edited by Ted A. Henken, Miriam Celaya, and Dimas Castellanos Article by Ted Henken, from his blog, El Yuma Those of you who follow me on Twitter @ElYuma will already know that just over … Continue reading Continue reading
By Wilfredo Vallín Almeida Some Cuban citizens came to the Cuban Legal Association (AJC) seeking information and advice regarding a current issue: non-agricultural co-operatives. It relates to forming a cooperative with a group of compatriots who–until now–have been state workers … Continue reading Continue reading
Wilfredo Vallín Almeida I was flipping through a magazine. It’s called Current PC. It has caused me some anxiety about a reality I am just discovering: although the magazine is in Spanish, my native tongue, I can barely understand what it … Continue reading Continue reading
By Wilfredo Vallín Almeida It’s good news. People like Yoani Sánchez, Eliecer Ávila and Berta Soler find themselves abroad enjoying a right which was denied for fifty years In the Asociación Jurídica Cubana (Cuban Law Association) we are always happy to … Continue reading Continue reading
By Wilfredo Vallín Almeida Like many compatriots, I sat down to watch the appearance of General of the Army Raul Castro during his recent speech before the National Assembly of People’s Power. I talked with other lawyers about his words … Continue reading Continue reading
Wilfredo Vallín Almeida On the 160th anniversary of the birth of José Martí, it occurs to me to say something about two of his writings. The first, extremely well-known: the letter that the Apostle* wrote to his friend Manuel Mercado … Continue reading Continue reading
Wilfredo Vallín Almeida The case of the honored and prize-winning writer Angel Santiesteban Prats has been appealed to the Supreme Court by his defense attorney, using the right to appeal to the highest court in the land. In a previous … Continue reading Continue reading
One of a country’s most precious things is its traditions They constitute the people’s soul and shape identity and belonging. And culture and traditions are shaped by the nuances and vicissitudes of popular history over a long period of evolution and development of nationality and personality. We Cubans have many and they are and very [...] Continue reading
By Wilfredo Vallín Almeida I always thought that on the day in which things in Cuba would become as they are today, the people in power would behave with much more good sense and flexibility. Those of us who now have grey hairs, do not forget the nationalisation without compensation of many properties, the compulsory [...] Continue reading
By Wilfredo Vallin Almeida The questions mount up in the criminal case of the celebrated writer Ángel Santiesteban leaving the legal officials in Cuba looking very bad in terms of transparency and legal techniques and leaving us with a certain taste of injustice. The case is a good demonstration of that and gives rise to [...] Continue reading
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By Wilfredo Vallín Almeida One of the fundamental elements required for a credible trial is PUBLIC. While not synonymous with total transparency, a public trial allows us to be informed about it, as the events take place before our eyes and actions of... Continue reading
By Wilfredo Vallín Almeida As our readers know, the legal education of the national population constitutes one of the founding purposes of the Cuban Legal Association. Given the importance of the topic and its need, we intend to continue working in th... Continue reading
By Wilfredo Vallín Almeida We are at a difficult time in our history. So difficult that even nature seems to have conspired to bring us trouble. You have to be totally blind not to see the continuing and rapid deterioration of Cuba’s social health. ... Continue reading
By Lic. Wilfredo Vallín  Almeida Three youths were arrested violently, forced into a police car, and taken to a national police station where they were held for about 24 hours under interrogation by the State Security. The reason: Handing out leaflet... Continue reading
By Wilfredo Vallín Almeida As we have seen, there seems to be a new offense under the Penal Code and the Criminal Procedure Act (LPP), a “crime” that seems interesting to analyze with regards to what it might mean to the future. And I begi... Continue reading
The news hits me because it’s so inconceivable: as he was trying to find out the situation of a person detained in Santiago de las Vegas, the young lawyer Veizant Boloy, of the Cuban Law Association, was arrested. This arrest took place inside a pol... Continue reading
Oswaldo Payá has died and, despite his death, his enemies don’t hesitate to throw dirt on his corpse and present him as a reprobate. Whether his death is the result of an accident or of a machination, it’s clear for those of us who knew him, the c... Continue reading
For a moment I thought it would pass without incident, that the funeral procession would arrive without mishap to the Columbus Cemetery and the remains of the winner of the Sakharov Prize for Human Rights, Oswaldo Paya Sardinas, would be laid to rest i... Continue reading
Our Position: Félix Navarro, José Daniel Ferrer, Librado Linares, Antonio G. Rodiles, Wilfredo Vallín Havana, August 16, 2012 TO NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC OPINION Yesterday, August 15 of this year, while handing out the Citizen Demand for An... Continue reading
by Wilfredo Vallín Almeida He had a look of concern on his face as he spoke to me. He was a neighbor who came to warn me. According to his account someone from the police, who identified himself as Agent Brayan from the Department of Technical Investi... Continue reading
By Wilfredo Vallín Almeida In the Cuban Penal Code, in Title 1, Preliminary Disposisions, Article 1.1, we read: This Code has as its objectives: - to protect society, persons, the social, economic and political order and the State system; - to safegua... Continue reading
Wilfredo Vallín Almeida As our readers know, educating the national population on legal issues is one of the projects of the Cuban Law Association. Given the importance of the issue, and the need for it, we intend to keep working in this direction fro... Continue reading
It is interesting to read abut the lives and ideas of the of the philosophers from Antiquity to our own time. They are deep thinkers who, from their perspective and personal appreciation, try to to give us an interpretation of what the universe is and ... Continue reading
Soon, a new population and housing census will take place that shall show how many of us there are and the current living situation in our country. Among the many and ever more acute problems, that of housing is one of the most difficult given all that... Continue reading
By Wilfredo Vallín Almeida One fine day the decision was made to sell cell phones to ordinary, everyday Cubans. To many of us, who had never been “authorized” to have a landline in our house, they are now selling phones … cellulars. ... Continue reading
By Wilfredo Vallín Almeida There is a word that when you hear it, it’s difficult not to evoke the barbarity of the Inquisition that forced a 20th century Pope to apologize to humanity for actions so inappropriate for the Church of Christ. Faced with... Continue reading
By Wilfredo Vallín Almeida “A ghost is traveling around Europe: it is the ghost of Communism” said Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels in their famous Manifesto. Over a century later, when he was Foreign Relations Minister and the one who best ... Continue reading
By Wilfredo Vallin Almeida The multifamily building lies in ruins. A mountain of rubble rises now in its place occupying a part of Monte, a very central street of Havana. Passers-by run, there is noise from sirens of patrol cars and firefighter equipme... Continue reading
By Wilfredo Vallin Almeida I always thought that when the situation came to be the present one, the authorities (especially the political police) would behave with a greater degree of seriousness and, above all, of professionalism. The reality ruins my... Continue reading
“A specter is haunting Europe: it is the specter of communism,” said Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels in the Communist Manifesto. Over a century later, when he was the Foreign Minister and the best interpreter of the thinking of the Comandant... Continue reading
A journalist from abroad asked me about the content and the implementation of something known in Law as Right of Appeal, which in Cuba turns out to be problematic. In our case, the first problem is that our multi-awarded compatriot Yoani Sanchez brought this action against the Minister of Interior, General Abelardo Colome Ibarra. The [...] Continue reading
By Antonio G. Rodiles, Julio Alega, Manuel Cuesta, Wilfredo Vallín Introduction The centralized and planned economy is closely linked to state ownership. For a process of economic decentralization to be successful, there must be a parallel process of decentralizing property. The Cuban government has undertaken timid reforms with the objective of restarting the economy without [...] Continue reading
It has never been a good practice to carbon copy what has been done in other countries, particularly in the political, economic and social areas, to apply it in one’s own reality. It has been said time and time again that every people, with its own reality, idiosyncrasies and history, is unique unto itself and [...] Continue reading
No one shall be subjected to torture nor to cruel, inhuman or degrading … In the early days of U.S. intervention in Afghanistan, in the course of military operations, a scene shown on Cuban television remained in my memory. A fighter against the Taliban power entered a small town where, shot down by insurgents, there [...] Continue reading
By Wilfredo Vallín Almeida On our way to the pharmacy, three individuals in plain clothes arrested me and my wife as we left the building where we live. They showed us an ID card: DSE [Department of State Security]. I thought they were trying to prevent us from attending a tried being held at the [...] Continue reading
By Wilfredo Vallin Almeida The first group of 8 young people came on a Tuesday morning. The second of four boys (I don’t think any were as much as 30 years old) came last Friday. Neither group knew of the other nor did they know their members. All claimed to have come to me because [...] Continue reading