ALERT: Number of Female Cuban Political Prisoners Grows, Violence Intensifies

Sunday, September 25, 2016
The Castro regime is taking full advantage of the Obama Administration's policy distractions -- and the media's willful blindness -- to intensify repression against female democracy activists and add new political prisoners to its roster.

Please take note of the following cases of grave concern:

-- Yaquelin Heredia Morales (pictured below), of The Ladies in White and Cuban Patriotic Union (UNPACU), remains held at a prison for patients with HIV/AIDS (Yaquelin does not have AIDS) since April 15th, 2016, for staging a peaceful pro-democracy protest in Havana's Fraternidad Park. On September 12th, Yaquelin was brutally beaten by the military head of the prison, Jorge Luis Castillo.

-- Marietta Martinez Aguilera, of the Cuban Patriotic Union (UNPACU), was transferred from the Prisión de Mujeres de Occidente (Guatao) to the Women’s Prison in Holguin province. Meanwhile, Xiomara de las Mercedes Cruz Miranda, of The Ladies in White, who was also confined at the Guatao Prison, was transferred to Bellote Prison in the city of Matanzas. Marietta and Mercedes were both participants alongside Yaquelin in the April 15th protest. They remain arbitrarily imprisoned without trial.

-- Aimara Nieto Muñoz, of The Ladies in White, was arrested on April 11th, 2016, and accused of "disorderly conduct" for publicly distributing pro-democracy leaflets. She remains imprisoned without trial at at the Prisión de Mujeres de Occidente (Guatao).