Negligent Death of "Mental" Patients

Friday, January 15, 2010
Yesterday, the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) denounced the negligent death from "hypothermia" of at least 20 patients in Havana's Psychiatric Hospital, commonly know as La Mazorra.

Yes, you read it correctly, "hypothermia" in the tropics.

"The CCCHRN is deeply concerned about the high number of preventable deaths that have taken place this week at the Psychiatric Hospital," the human rights organization said in a statement.

These deaths were also confirmed to the EFE news agency by European diplomats in Havana.

While last week's cold wave did reach Cuba, the temperatures on the island were never freezing and surely manageable with proper care. So what condition must these patients have been left in?

Historically, the Castro regime has been known to confine dissidents in La Mazorra, where they have been subject to electroshock, drugs, and psychological interrogations, in order to gather information on their activities and to spread fear amongst the population.

These barbaric procedures have been corroborated in numerous testimonies.

Are there any limits to the cruelty of this regime?