List of 53 Cuban Political Prisoners Was Misleading

Sunday, January 18, 2015
From Voxxi:

List of 53 Cuban political prisoners may be misleading

The list of the 53 political prisoners released from Cuba in a historical move this year is being called into question. The Miami Herald reports that 31 of the 53 names belonged to members of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU in Spanish), the largest and most active opposition group on the island.

Among their crimes were dangerousness, public disorder, resisting arrest, distributing anti-government leaflets, and disrespecting the Castro brothers. Three human rights activists included in the list had already fully served their sentences according to the leader of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU), Jose Daniel Ferrer, when they were released as part of Cuba’s historic deal with President Barack Obama. The deal is meant to reestablish diplomatic relations between both countries.

Ferrer alleges that four members of the group “had fulfilled every minute of their arbitrary sentences,” and they should have been released separately from this agreement. Those four men are Jorge Cervantes, Eider Frómeta Allen, Juan Carlos Vazquez Osoria and Eliso Castillo González.

Cuban dissidents also argue that the list contains at least 14 people who were released before the announcement of the agreements between the US and Cuba on December 17. Frómeta González Castillo and Allen were released in July and García Cervantes in August after exhausting their sentences. Another prisoner, César Andrés Sánchez Pérez was released almost a year ago, but the list was supposedly completed in July, as reported by Reuters.