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Cuba holding 114 political prisoners, opposition says

Cuba holding 114 political prisoners, opposition says
Published June 23, 2014 EFE

The number of political prisoners in Cuba has climbed to 114, the
opposition Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National
Reconciliation, or CCDHRN, said Monday.

"This total number represents a net increase over what our commission
reported on Nov. 17, 2013, when the documented number of such convicts
was 102," the commission said in a communique.

The CCDHRN includes on its list the 12 dissidents sentenced in the
so-called Black Spring of 2003 and who are now out on parole, a
condition that prevents them from traveling abroad.

Of the 114 political prisoners, at least 80 "are peaceful dissidents,"
the commission said.

Only eight of the 114 detainees were part of small armed anti-Castro
expeditions coming from Florida, the CCDHRN said.

The commission noted the case of Sonia Garro, a member of the Ladies in
White group, and her companion Eugenio Hernandez, who have been "locked
up without a trial, in high security prisons, since March 18, 2012."

In mid-2010, President Raul Castro, with the mediation of the Catholic
Church, opened a process of freeing political prisoners, which led to
the gradual release of more than 100 people, though most left prison on
condition that they would go into exile in Spain.

In late 2011, the island's government awarded a massive pardon to almost
3,000 prisoners of all kinds, including seven cases of political
prisoners. EFE

Source: Cuba holding 114 political prisoners, opposition says | Fox News
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