Panama Detains Cuban Democracy Activists, Acts as Agent for Castro

Sunday, April 5, 2015
The Panamanian authorities have detained Rosa Maria Paya, daughter of murdered Cuban democracy leader and Sakharov Prize recipient, Oswaldo Paya.

Paya was arriving in Panama to attend this week's Summit of the Americas events.

Her travel documents have been seized, as well as her accreditation to participate in the Summit events. She is being threatened with deportation to Cuba.

Paya is not the first Cuban democracy activist exposed to this abuse. At least 10 other Cuban democracy activists have been exposed to similar harassment.

Yesterday, Eliecer Avila (Somos+), Kirenia Yalit (Mesa de Diálogo de la Juventud Cubana, MDJC) and Yasser Rojas (Cubalex), were also subjected to a two-hour interrogation and search.

Others afforded this treatment include Lilianne Ruíz, Amel Oliva, Víctor Domínguez, Laritza Diversent, Juan Antonio Madrazo and Miriam Celaya.

The Panamanian authorities said they were told these Cuban democracy activists had gone "to sabotage the activities of the Summit."