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30 March, 2020

Cuban activists blocked from attending EU meeting

A delegation from Cuba were invited to the European Parliament, but they didn’t all make it. Cuban authorities prevented them from leaving the island, holding them at Havana airport. The delegation were in Brussels to propose what the EU could do to help promote human rights and democracy in Cuba. Among the guests was Rosa María Paya, daughter of the famous Cuban activist Osvaldo Payá, who died eight years ago in an accident. He had received an award from the […]
30 March, 2020

José Daniel Ferrer is “unrecognizable,” his family says after visiting him in prison

A week before José Daniel’s release, his family was able to visit him and they found that the state of his physical health was critical. At that time, the court had not yet issued a sentence. Wife and sons of José Daniel Ferrer García have claimed, “he is unrecognizable,” after visiting him on Friday in the prison of Aguadores. “My dad must weigh about 70 kilograms, he is unrecognizable, he looks very impaired, his acidity, stomach pains and his conditions […]
30 March, 2020

EU-Cuba agreement under pressure as it approaches ratification

The agreement between the European Union (EU) and Cuba is approaching its final ratification, and Cuban activists call for its suspension due to repeated “human rights violations”. Since the provisional implementation of the agreement on November 1, 2017, “the political and human rights situation has worsened dramatically,” us diplomacy chief Mike Pompeo said in a letter to the Lithuanian Prime Minister, Pompeo called on Vilnius to “continue without ratifying” the pact to support “the hope of freedom, democracy and (…) […]
30 March, 2020

Achievements and challenges of Cuba Decide in the first quarter of 2020

In January, promoters from Cuba Decide launched a successful social media campaign called “100 days, 100 voices” with the aim of raising awareness and demanding the release of José Daniel Ferrer and the activists jailed with him. A monumental victory has been the successful completion of forcing the regime to release José Daniel Ferrer, Roilan Zárraga Ferrer, José Pupo Chaveco and Fernando González Vailant. On Friday April 3, Ferrer arrived at his home in Santiago de Cuba. The regime imposed […]
30 March, 2020

Cuban activists call on Lithuania to block EU pact with Havana

Cuban activists in Vilnius are calling for Lithuania to block the EU-Cuba pact signed in 2016. Only Lithuania is yet to ratify the deal. “Lithuanians are at the crossroads. You have the opportunity to give the same chance that Iceland provided you 30 years ago. You can give Cuba a chance of freedom,” Acha said. The parliamentary foreign affairs committee backed the ratification earlier this month, and the parliament is scheduled to vote on it during its upcoming spring session. […]
30 March, 2020

Petition delivered to the Spanish Congress in favor of political prisoners in Cuba

The promoters of Cuba Decide in Madrid summoned Cubans and people from all over the world to demand the immediate release of José Daniel Ferrer and the rest of the political prisoners on the Island. The petition collected citizens’ signatures and was delivered to all the parliamentary groups of the Spanish Congress of Deputies, demanding the freedom of political prisoners in Cuba.
30 March, 2020

Pompeo demands Cuba release dissident Jose Daniel Ferrer

Feb. 24 (UPI) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday demanded Cuba release human rights activists and dissident Jose Daniel Ferrer, who was imprisoned by the Caribbean nation more than 100 days ago. In an open letter to Cuba’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Bruno Eduardo Rodriguez Parrilla, Pompeo said the United States is joined by a chorus of others in demanding that they release Ferrer who has suffered more than five months of being “dragged, chained, beaten and burned at the hands of the regime, […]
30 March, 2020

Spox Vox: We Call on Cuba to Release Jose Daniel Ferrer From Prison

Today, I joined hundreds of other voices in calling for the release of Jose Daniel Ferrer as he endured 100 days in detention in Cuba. Source: U.S. Department of State
30 March, 2020

Cubans support José Daniel Ferrer throughout the country

Cubans throughout the island united in solidarity with José Daniel Ferrer, Roilan Zárraga Ferrer, José Pupo Chaveco and Fernando González Vailant. Thousands of people in Cuba, both activists and unorganized citizens, decided to demand the immediate release of activists and other political prisoners imprisoned by the dictatorship by gathering in public spaces. Since October, Ferrer’s release was a demand that united Cubans to demonstrate peacefully on the streets of different cities with flyers, posters and stickers that have been shared […]