Cuban Human Rights Group: 570 Arbitrary Arrests in September / 14ymedio
14ymedio, 5 October 2016 — The Cuban Commission for Human Rights and
National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) reported Wednesday that, during the
month of September, there were at least 570 arbitrary arrests for
political reasons, more than the 517 similar arrests of the previous month.
The monthly report of the independent organization, headed by activist
Elizardo Sanchez, places special emphasis on the police assault suffered
by "the independent law firm Cubalex, an office that has provided free
legal assistance to countless people in need of legal protection." Julio
Alfredo Ferrer, one of the workers of the center, remained in a high
security prison at the time the report was written.
The text also recalls that the Ladies in White continue to be the group
most affected by this type of repression, as systematically reflected in
reports of recent years.
Two vice president of the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National
Reconciliation have been affected by the arbitrariness of State
Security, as denounced by the center. Arturo Guillen Acosta was
prevented from traveling to an international conference on human rights
in South Africa, and documentation brought from a conference in
Medellin, Colombia by Juan del Pilar Goberna was photocopied in the José
Martí International Airport in Havana.
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