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    Castro brothers and the military/political elite should be sanctioned for this and so many other violations they have been constantly inflicting upon the Cuban population, at the same time that they deceive and laugh at the whole world.

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    Cuba cracks down on dissidents on Human Rights Day
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    By JUAN O. TAMAYO — The Miami Herald

    MIAMI — Cuban police have detained more than 100 dissidents and put another 100 to 150 under house arrest in an island-wide crackdown to block any gatherings marking International Human Rights Day on Monday, according to government opponents.

    Among those detained were about 80 members and supporters of the Ladies in White, including dozens who were reportedly carted off roughly during roundups in Havana and on their way to the Our Lady of Charity Basilica in the eastern town of El Cobre.

    Security agents also sealed off several homes in eastern Cuba to avert gatherings of dissidents to mark the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, said Jose Daniel Ferrer Garcia, head of the opposition Cuban Patriotic Union.

    The U.S. government swiftly denounced the arrests, saying it was "deeply concerned by the Cuban government's repeated use of arbitrary detention and violence to silence critics, disrupt peaceful assembly and intimidate independent civil society."

    "We call on the Cuban government to end" the arrests and violence "and we look forward to the day when all Cubans can freely express their ideas," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Monday.
    It is a fact that communist regimes declare war against their own people, and the military regime in Cuba is not an exception. That is the reason for the summary executions, the physical and psychological tortures, the kangaroo trials, and the massive prison systems.

    Fear and intimidation is all that the Castroit tyrannical regime can offer the enslaved Cuban people. For how long does the corrupt military dictatorship will be able to continue to do this type of repression before they are dragged by their hair into the streets by the Cuban people?

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    Dr. Gustavo Gutierrez y Sanchez, Cuban Lawyer, Jurist, Politician, Diplomat and Economist, wrote a book entitled "La Carta Magna de la Comunidad de las Naciones (The Magna Carta of the Community of Nations) in 1945. At the San Francisco Conference the Republic of Cuba submitted two proposals for consideration, a "Draft Declaration of the International Rights and Duties of the Individual" and a “Draft Declaration on the Rights and Duties of Nations.” These two drafts were written and presented by Dr. Gustavo Gutierrez in his book.

    Dr. Gutierrez draft exercised a great influence in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations in 1948. Below you will find a preamble of three proposed drafts. The draft by Dr. Gustavo Gutierrez is the one in the middle.


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    Human rights activist says dissident arrests in Cuba up in 2012http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/01/0...dissident.html

    Human rights activist says that the number of dissident arrests was well above the 4,120 in 2011 and 2,070 in 2010.

    By Juan O. Tamayo
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    Cuban security agents made a record 6,602 short-term detentions of political dissidents last year and the number of political prisoners on the island rose by about 30, Havana human rights activist Elizardo Sánchez Santa Cruz reported Thursday.
    The figure of 6,602 confirmed detentions in 2012 compared to 4,123 for 2011 and 2,074 for 2010, according to a year-end report by Sánchez’ Cuban Committee for Human rights and National Reconciliation.

    Sánchez also reported separately that the number of political prisoners, which dropped to about 40 after ruler Raúl Castro freed more than 120 in 2010-2011, climbed again last year with the trials and convictions of about 30 Cubans on political charges.

    The increased repression, he said, is the result of the growing opposition among Cubans to a government that all but strangled the economy and human rights during more than half a century of communist rule.

    “The regime has accumulated an enormous disaster, and the popular dissatisfaction increases by the day,” Sanchez told El Nuevo Herald by phone from Havana. “It has only one answer: repression, pure and harsh.”

    In the absence of significant changes, the year-end report added, it “forecasts that during the year 2013 the situation for civil and political rights and other fundamental rights will continue to worsen in Cuba.”

    “The totalitarian model continues intact, as the regime continues to perfect and expand its powerful machinery for repression and bureaucracy that … carries with it an unbearable and ruinous cost to the nation,”

    Sanchez’ committee, which is technically illegal but is tolerated by the government, also noted in its year-end report that the monthly averages for the short-term detentions spiked from 172 in 2010 to 343 in 2011 and 550 last year.

    The vast majority of the 12,800 detentions for 2010-2012 — usually lasting a few hours and designed to harass dissidents or keep them away from opposition activities — also violated legal requirements like court orders and notifications to relatives, it argued.

    The committee and other human rights activists “continue demanding that the government of Cuba recognize and respect the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights consecrated in various international declarations,” it added.
    About 1,160 of the short-term arrests in 2012 were carried out in March, mostly to keep dissidents from attending masses and other Catholic events during Pope Benedict XVI’s three-day visit to Cuba.

    Another 200-250 arrests reported last month were designed to block events marking International Human Rights Day on Dec. 10.

    The U.S. State Department quickly condemned the December detentions, saying it was “deeply concerned by the Cuban government’s repeated use of arbitrary detention and violence to silence critics, disrupt peaceful assembly and intimidate independent civil society.”
    Once again the Castroit tyrannical regime surpasses its record for repression. They don’t allow the voice of the dissidents to be heard. Those that don’t agree with the regimen are sent to jail. Afraid of a Libyan style insurrection they keep increasing the repression, until the day that the pressure in the boiler reach the point of explosion and bring the regime down.

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    Re: Protest marchers beaten, detained

    Let not forget that this huge increase in repression on the island of Dr. Castro is taking place under the so call reforms of Castro II, which the main stream media constantly talk about.

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    During 2012 the Castroit tyrannical military regime unleashed waves after waves of repression against the Cuban people. Figures from independent activists sources in the island, estimate that 2012 saw and increased of 60% in political arrests over the previous year.

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    Where are all of the Cuba cheer leaders? Shouldnt at least one Socialist be here telling us that Cuban doctors are the best?

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    Remembering dissident's death one year ago leads to brutal beatings today
    Notes from the Cuban Exile Quarter: Remembering dissident's death one year ago leads to brutal beatings today

    "The responsibility for Wilman Villar Mendoza’s death in custody lies squarely with the Cuban authorities, who summarily judged and jailed him for exercising his right to freedom of expression." - Amnesty International, January 20, 2012

    Wilman Villar Mendoza (1980 -2012)
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    Cuban prisoner of conscience Wilman Villar Mendoza died in custody of the Castro regime one year ago today. He was just 31 years old. He should never have been in prison in the first place. He is survived by two little girls; a wife; and his mother.

    On the Thursday, January 19, 2012 at approximately 6:30pm Cuban prisoner of conscience and opposition activist Wilmar Villar Mendoza died after his kidneys and other organs failed. He died the result of a prolonged hunger strike provoked by outrage over his unjust imprisonment and four year prison sentence issued in a closed-door sham trial on November 24, 2011 by agents of the Castro regime. He died defending both human rights and dignity. Amnesty International recognized him as a prisoner of conscience and Human Rights Watch documented that Wilmar was a Cuban opposition activist.

    Today, when members of his movement, the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU), tried to remember their dead friend they were beaten up by Cuban state security agents. At 2:18pm Jose Daniel Ferrer Garcia was able to post over twitter video footage of three of the victims of the attack. In a later tweet at 5:32pm, Jose Daniel states: "We can describe as very severe the attacks against UNPACU activists in Santiago de Cuba province, on first anniversary of the death of Wilman Villar."

    Video of activists brutally beaten in Contramaestre, Santiago de Cuba
    Atacada sede de UNPACU en Santiago de Cuba por turbas castristas - YouTube
    Video de activistas golpeados salvajemente en Contramaestre, Santiago de Cuba. - YouTube

    Totalitarian regimes have patterns of conduct. Beating up, arresting and imprisoning an innocent man for engaging in the nonviolent exercise of his fundamental human rights is a common practice in the Cuban regime. "Accidents" and sudden "illnesses" are also known to happen. Political prisoners are subjected to cruel and unusual punishment that amounts to torture.

    Finally, when a prisoner or dissident dies and the Cuban government is responsible then the dictatorship engages in a campaign using both official propaganda outlets and agents of influence around the world to slander their memory and hold itself not responsible for their death. If necessary the dictatorship will manufacture "evidence" to makes its "case."

    It is for that reason that human rights defenders and friends of freedom have an obligation to remember the truth and repeat it to others in order to defend the memory of men and women like Wilman Villar Mendoza who gave their lives in the cause of freedom.

    If courageous men and women inside of Cuba suffer brutal beatings to nonviolently remember these martyrs to Cuban freedom then what is the excuse for those abroad to remain silent? Indifference before evil is not an excuse but a condemnation.

    What is indifference? Etymologically, the word means "no difference." A strange and unnatural state in which the lines blur between light and darkness, dusk and dawn, crime and punishment, cruelty and compassion
    January 19, 2013, was the first anniversary of the Castroit dictatorship's murder of human rights activist and dissident Wilman Villar Mendoza. How the Castroit dictatorship commemorated the anniversary of Wilman's murder?
    They commemorated it by brutally beating dissidents who gathered to pay homage to their fallen companion as shown on the video.

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    Wilman's death turned out to be a forecast for the death and violence the year 2012 held in store for Cuba. Soon after getting rid of Villar Mendoza, the Castroit regime embarked on a record-breaking spree of repression that saw more than 6,600 politically motivated arrests in 2012 and the assassination of Oswaldo Payá Sardiñas, a prominent Cuban dissident and winner of the 2002 Sakharov Prize.

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    Valentine's Day in Cuba: State Security imprisons 63 women for honoring Laura Pollan
    Notes from the Cuban Exile Quarter: Valentine's Day in Cuba: State Security imprisons 63 women for honoring Laura Pollan

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    Ladies in White spokeswoman Berta Soler at the far right in the Cubre Terminal

    Tonight, Angel Moya, a former prisoner of conscience and husband of Ladies in White spokeswoman Berta Soler tweeted: "63 Ladies in White arrested in 32 hours by DSE repressive forces, some Ladies in White were arrested several times." Valentine's Day in Cuba takes on its original meaning: the power of love resisting brutality and injustice in the worse of places.

    Why did State Security engage in a crackdown against so many nonviolent women?

    There are two fundamental reasons. First, they can get away with it. The international media has been mostly silent during this crackdown. They would prefer to report on who is able to obtain a passport and who is being denied one by the dictatorship as they pursue the Castro regime's spin trying to sale cosmetic changes as real reforms. Secondly, the dictatorship fears the power of these women exercising nonviolent resistance and they still fear its founder the martyred Laura Pollán.

    February 13, 2013 was the 65th anniversary of Lady in White founder Laura Pollán's birth in Cuba. The Ladies in White are a non-violent human rights movement established in March of 2003 in the midst of a massive crackdown in which their loved ones were unjustly imprisoned for exercising their fundamental human rights. The first spokeswoman of the Ladies in White was Laura Pollán whose leadership forged a national movement that was also known and respected internationally. She died on October 14, 2011 following a mysterious illness and medical neglect.

    The Ladies in White renamed themselves after Laura Pollán and have carried on defending human rights and calling for the release of all of Cuba's political prisoners. Its thanks to their courageous stand that Angel Moya is not in prison today. He was arrested on March 18, 2003 and condemned shortly afterwards in a summary show trial to 20 years in prison along with 74 others who faced stiff sentences of up to 28 years in prison. Thanks to the Ladies in White, not one of them is in prison today.

    Yesterday, the Ladies in White gathered on Neptune Street in Havana, Cuba at what had been Laura Pollán's home when she was still alive to honor her and celebrate her life.

    State Security mounted a huge operation detaining, beating and harassing the women trying to attend the gathering. At the end of the day when members of the Ladies in White sought to leave Havana and return to their home provinces they were rounded up. Among those detained was the new spokeswoman Berta Soler who spent the night with her compatriots in detention and Angel Moya.

    She got home three hours ago, and her husband Angel Moya tweeted the news: "Berta is already at home, State Security threatens to open a case against her."

    Still trying to get news about the remaining women who were unjustly detained for trying to pay their respects to a nonviolent martyr on her birthday and have spent St. Valentine's Day behind bars.
    The Castroit regime has declare war against the Ladies in White. That is the reason for the disguise executions, the physical and psychological tortures, the kangaroo trials, and the massive prison systems.

    The regime totalitarian model continues to expand its powerful machinery for repression. Fear and intimidation is all that the Castroit tyrannical regime can offer the enslaved Cuban people. For how long does the corrupt military dictatorship will be able to continue to do this type of repression before they are dragged by their hair into the streets by the Cuban people?

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