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CCDHRN - At least 570 arbitrary, politically motivated arrests on the Island in September

CCDHRN: At least 570 arbitrary, politically motivated arrests on the
Island in September
DDC | Madrid | 7 de Octubre de 2016 - 08:54 CEST.

The Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation
(CCDHRN) has reported that in September the organization documented at
least 570 arbitrary political arrests of Cuban dissidents, peacefully
expressing their opposition, representing a net increase over the number
of arrests recorded in August (517).

In its monthly report the CCDHRN condemned the "raid on the independent
law firm Cubalex, an office that has provided free legal assistance to
countless people in need of legal protection."

The organization called this move against the facility a "brutal
repressive action, ordered from the highest levels of Government," and
noted that one of the entity's lawyers, Julio Alfredo Ferrer, remained
in a high-security prison when the report went to press.

The CCDHRN noted that as a result of the raid Cubalex was illegally
stripped of five desktop computers, four laptops, all its cell phones
and work documents, other equipment, and cash.

The Commission's report on September stressed that the humanitarian
movement "Ladies in White " remained the regime's main target of
political repression during the month, as has consistently been the case
in recent years.

It also condemned the fact that: "in recent weeks the secret political
police cracked down on two directors of the Cuban Commission for Human
Rights and National Reconciliation, by detaining Arturo Acosta Guillén
to prevent him from attending an international conference in South
Africa; and Juan del Pilar Goberna, who they harassed at the Havana
Airport, photocopying all the documents he was taking to an
international conference on the disabled in Medellín, Colombia. Both are
vice presidents of the CCDHRN. "

Thus far this year the organization headed by Elizardo Sánchez has
recorded 8,505 arbitrary arrests for political reasons.

Source: CCDHRN: At least 570 arbitrary, politically motivated arrests on
the Island in September | Diario de Cuba -
http://www.diariodecuba.com/derechos-humanos/1475823299_25838.html
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