This Week's Ignored Human Rights Violations

Friday, April 24, 2015
Since the Obama-Castro deal was announced on December 17th, 2014, there have been well over 2,000 political arrests in Cuba.

You wouldn't know this from the rhetoric of the Obama Administration or from reading the daily stories out of Havana's foreign news bureaus, which dedicate ample time to every silly and peripheral issue regarding normalization -- but ignore the continuous increase in human rights violations.

Here's a sample what the Obama Administration and media ignored just this week:

-- On Sunday, over 50 members of the pro-democracy group, The Ladies in White, were beaten and arrested for displaying pictures of current Cuban political prisoners. Watch their testimonies here.

-- Cuban political prisoner, Yuriet Pedroso Gonzalez, is on the 50th day of a hunger strike protesting his unjust imprisonment. His condition is life threatening.

-- Cuban democracy activist, Niober Garcia Fournier, of the Cuban Patriotic Union (UNPACU) was stabbed by a Castro regime agent. He remains hospitalized.

-- The Castro regime ratified a three-year prison sentence against democracy activist, Mauricio Noa Maceo, for trying to set up a satellite television connection.

-- In Palma Soriano, UNPACU activist Victor Campa was arrested, while Ruben Torres Saiz was detained, then left gagged and tied on top of an ant nest.

-- On Wednesday, more members of The Ladies in White were arrested in order to impede a lunch they had organized to help feed the needy.

-- And today, Castro's security forces stormed Havana's Central Park to stop a small protest by democracy activists. Among those arrested was democracy activist, Wilberto Parada. A visiting Spanish journalist was also arrested.