Concern Over the Fate of Two Cuban Political Prisoners

Sunday, August 24, 2014
International human rights groups and democratic governments should raise awareness regarding the concerning fate of two current Cuban political prisoners.

The first is renowned author Angel Santiesteban-Prats, who remains missing since July 21, 2014.

On that date, he'd denounced from the Lawton prison in Havana that there were strong rumors he would be transferred to a higher security prison.  He has not been heard from since.

An outspoken critic of the Castro regime in his blog, “Los hijos que nadie quiso” ("The children no one wanted"), Santiesteban-Prats was handed a five-year jail sentence after being convicted on trumped-up charges in a summary trial in December 2012.

He is on the Reporters Without Borders list of “information heroes.”

The second is imprisoned rapper, Angel Yunier Remon, who has been denied any visits in nearly one year.

He recently spent his 31st birthday as a Cuban political prisoner.

Yunier Remon, whose stage name is "el Critico del Arte" ("The Art Critic"), was attacked with tear gas and arrested on March 21st, 2013, for his criticism of the Castro regime.

In prison -- where he is being held without charges or trial -- Yunier has been continuously beaten, contracted various diseases, denied family visits and held naked in a punishment cell.

He has undertaken several hunger strikes to protest his cruel and arbitrary imprisonment.