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Amnesty International Calls for “Immediate and Unconditional” Release of Cuban Political Prisoner

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Jun 9, 2017, 4:29 pm
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Amnesty International has requested that the Cuban dissident be released “immediately and unconditionally.” (Movimiento Cristiano Liberación)

EspañolAmnesty International is doubling its efforts to get Cuban activist Eduardo Cardet released from prison.

Carlos Payá, a member of the Christian Liberation Movement in Spain, held a meeting with representatives of Amnesty International regarding Cardet’s case. He was declared a prisoner of conscience last February. According to the organization, he was imprisoned for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression.

Amnesty International has requested that the Cuban dissident be released “immediately and unconditionally.”

“This effort is being carried out in various cities in the Netherlands, as well as in the United Kingdom,” Payá said. “And we hope that some kind of activity can be done here to draw attention, given the importance that Spain has for Cuba, and the importance of Cuba for Spain.”

Cardet was given a three-year sentence on charges of assaulting a state security agent during his arrest on November 30, 2016.

 

“The sentence is based on manipulated information,without taking into account the testimony of the defense witnesses,” Cardet’s wife, Yaimaris Vecino, said. “The way in which they wrote and manipulated the case is shameless.”

This activist’s case has resulted in strong demands from different organizations and high-standing people, such as Republican Senator Marco Rubio, who repudiated the “judicial farce” that has been undertaken against Cardet. Rubio asked the United States to always be a voice that demands freedom of political prisoners in Cuba.

Source: Cubanet

Elena Toledo Elena Toledo

Educator by trade, social-media apprentice, activist for a democratic Honduras, and free thinker. Follow her on Twitter @NenaToledo.

Former Argentina President Kirchner Ditches Peronist Party for Senator Bid

By: Marcelo Duclos - Jun 9, 2017, 3:28 pm
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EspañolFormer President of Argentina Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has announced she will be running for senator in the upcoming 2017 elections. Similar to the US, which holds caucuses and primaries for various elections, Argentina has pre-elections within each party or movement to decide who will run for congressional seats. In this case, Kirchner's announcement has made for an interesting race because she and her potential competition are planning to run within newly created factions. Jorge Ferraresi, the Mayor of the municipality Avellaneda just outside the province of Buenos Aires, has announced his candidacy as well, saying he will run without the support of the Partido Justicialista, (or Justicialist Party). Instead, he will run within a new faction. Therefore, he and Kirchner will not be running against one another. Kirchner seems willing to take the risk of losing the spot by not running with party support, and thus disappearing from the political arena altogether. She will reportedly be running under a new faction that still doesn't have a name,  but which will integrate parties from Front for Victory, but not the Justicialist Party.   googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   According to Ferraresi, giving Florencio Randazzo, who will be running with the Justicialist Party, the opportunity to compete against her would be like making "a world boxing champion fight against a kid." This new scenario is good news for the ruling party, who may find itself facing an opposition divided into three pieces —  Cristina's, Randazzo's and that of former presidential candidate Massa. Source: Perfil.

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