Tag Archives: human rights

March 19, 2015

Cuba: Late dissident’s daughter breaks with head of ‘Ladies’

Andrea Rodriguez, The Associated Press — The daughter of a founding member of Cuba’s Ladies in White publicly split with their current leader Thursday in the latest sign of division within the dissident group, which a decade ago was awarded the European Union’s top human rights prize. Laura Maria Labrada,… read more »

March 17, 2015

3 months out of a Cuban prison, Alan Gross savors his freedom

Patrick Oppmann, CNN – So what has U.S. State Department subcontractor Alan Gross been up to since he was released from a Cuban prison exactly three months ago? It turns out a lot more than most of the rest of us. Gross, 65, has started to make up for the five… read more »

March 13, 2015

Senior U.S. diplomat to return to Havana for new Cuba talks

Matt Spetalnik, Reuters — The U.S. government is moving as quickly as possible to decide whether to remove Cuba from the U.S. list of terrorism-sponsoring countries, a senior State Department official said on Friday ahead of a new round of talks in Havana next week. The official, speaking on condition… read more »

March 11, 2015

Cuba: Leader of Dissident Group Retains Her Post After Challenge

Victoria Burnett, The New York Times – Cuba’s most high-profile opposition group, the Ladies in White, voted Wednesday to keep their leader, Berta Soler, in a referendum prompted by complaints that she was autocratic and should resign. The challenge to Ms. Soler’s leadership exposed divisions within the group as it grapples… read more »

January 23, 2015

At odds on human rights, US and Cuba move toward embassies

Bradley Klapper and Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press — Still at odds over human rights, the United States and Cuba closed two days of historic talks in Havana with some progress toward restoring diplomatic ties after a half-century of estrangement. It wasn’t immediately clear whether the human rights issue, which has… read more »

January 13, 2015

Freed Cuba dissidents praise detente, pledge push for change

Anne-Marie Garcia and Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press — Cuban dissidents freed as part of a historic detente with the United States said Tuesday that the warming of relations would help them keep pushing for change inside their country. Fifty-three dissidents were freed, most in the last week, as part of… read more »

January 12, 2015

US: Cuba completes release of 53 political prisoners

Matthew Lee, Associated Press — Cuba has completed the release of 53 political prisoners that was part of last month’s historic deal between the United States and Cuba, the U.S. said Monday The prisoners had been on a list of opposition figures whose release was sought as part of the… read more »

January 6, 2015

Cuba has released some of 53 ‘political’ prisoners, U.S. says

Reuters — Cuba has freed some of 53 people the United States regards as political prisoners as agreed under last month’s U.S.-Cuban rapprochement, the U.S. government said on Tuesday in its first acknowledgement that some detainees have been released. The lack of information about the fate of the detainees, who… read more »

January 5, 2015

Coast Guard reports surge in Cubans trying to reach Florida

Jennifer Kay, Associated Press — Driven by fear that their window is closing, the number of Cuban migrants attempting to reach the U.S. illegally in rafts has surged since the two countries announced they would restore diplomatic relations after 50 years, Coast Guard officials said Monday. U.S. authorities have captured,… read more »

November 6, 2014

Cuba y la UE dialogarán en enero sobre derechos humanos

AFP — Cuba y la Unión Europea (UE) discutirán temas “sensibles” como derechos humanos y sociedad civil en una tercera ronda de negociaciones el 8 y 9 de enero en La Habana destinadas a normalizar sus relaciones, dijo el jueves un diplomático europeo. “Vamos a empezar con los temas centrales,… read more »