After Obama’s Visit, Castro Regime Steps Up Repression in Cuba

By: Pedro García Otero - Mar 29, 2016, 5:06 pm
Repression in Cuba is everywhere
Arrests and “acts of repudiation” everywhere the weekend after Obama left Cuba. (Cuaderno de Cuba)

EspañolThe week after after US President Barack Obama’s visit, things in Cuba have returned to normal. More than 150 activists were arrested on Saturday in demonstrations demanding the release of political prisoners.

José Daniel Ferrer, who leads Cuba’s Unión Patriótica, an NGO, said most of the 138 protesters arrested belong to his organization, which is based in Santiago de Cuba.

It is in this particular city and the eastern part of the island where most protesters have been detained.

Additionally, they recorded several instances in which mobs tied to the government assault, insult, and humiliate dissidents.

The Ladies in White, a female opposition group, were also subjected to the Castro regime’s violence. Many were arrested, along with human rights activists, just before arriving at Gandhi Park in Havana’s Miramar district to march against the government for a 47th consecutive Sunday.

According to reports, more than twenty Ladies in White were arrested in Havana when leaving their homes or before reaching the Mass at Santa Rita Church.

Iván Hernandez Carrillo, a journalist and spokesman for Cuba’s Independent Trade Union Coalition, also reported that there were abuses against the Ladies in White who had tried to demonstrate peacefully.

Source: Martí Noticias.

Pedro García Otero Pedro García Otero

Pedro García is the Spanish managing editor of the PanAm Post. He is a Venezuelan journalist with over 25 years of experience in local newspapers, radio, television, and online media. Follow him @PedroGarciaO.

Mexican Government Blocks Visit of UN Rapporteur on Torture

By: Pedro García Otero - Mar 29, 2016, 2:16 pm

EspañolMexico has denied entry into the country to human-rights lawyer and activist Juan Méndez, the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on Torture. Méndez requested permission to enter Mexico in 2015. He intended to return to Mexico to continue the work he did in April and May 2014, when he gathered information for a document presented on March 9, 2015, which upset the Peña Nieto administration. The paper argues that torture in Mexico is "widespread." The Mexican government "categorically" rejected the report's conclusions and Foreign Ministry officials accused Méndez of acting "unethically and unprofessionally." Méndez said that on March 7 that Jorge Lomónaco, Mexico's representative before the UN in Geneva, Switzerland, told him he could not request a follow-up visit and that “any visit (to Mexico) from the UN Rapporteur for Torture will be scheduled by (Méndez's) successor if the Mexican government deems it so." [adrotate group="7"]The Rapporteur said he has not received any document certifying the decision. Méndez is not alone in his views: a report published in October 2015 by Amnesty International states that "torture in Mexico is out of control." According to a survey by the same organization, 64 percent of Mexicans fear torture by the police. "Meanwhile, the authorities look the other way, and hope that the international community does the same," Amnesty reported. Source: El Informador, Amnesty International.

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