160+ Arbitrary Arrests in April

Thursday, May 13, 2010
According to a recently-released report by the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN), 162 pro-democracy activists were arbitrarily arrested by the Castro regime during the month of April.

These are only cases that have been thoroughly documented, for many more are suspected.

As regards incidents in political prisons, the CCDHRN reports that pro-democracy leader Dr. Darsi Ferrer has been imprisoned in Valle Grande prison for more than ten months without a trial.

Dr. Ferrer initiated a hunger strike on March 20th, demanding medical attention and due process. On April 12th, he abandoned his protest after the Castro regime assured him that he would be brought to trial and seen by a doctor. A month later, he is still awaiting trial.

Finally -- and most tragically -- Pedro Márquez Bell, Lorenzo Pérez Hernández and Alexander Carreras all died in prison pursuant to not receiving adequate medical care.