Cuba - Alerts
The independent news agency Centro de Información Hablemos Press has complained of an increase in repression of its journalists.
Calixto Ramón Martínez Arias recently reported, via Hablemos Press, that Havana was experiencing problems with its water supply.
Almost two years after the first crop of journalists arrived in Spain, the four who remain in the country are living under extremely difficult conditions, struggling even to feed themselves.
Dissidents said that when they sought to exercise their basic rights to speak up about human rights concerns and hold rallies over the past few weeks, the authorities responded with beatings, detentions, harassment, and other repressive measures.
It was, according to the blogger, the 19th time Cuban officials have turned down her request to leave the island. As in the past, officials gave no reason for the rejection.
Calixto Ramón Martínez Arias is awaiting deportation from the capital for the ninth time in less than two years, to his hometown of Camagüey.
IAPA laments the absence of solidarity of Latin American governments with the Cuban people.
Mauricio Vicent, correspondent for the Spanish newspaper "El País" and the Cadena Ser network, was told that the government would not renew his work permit because of his portrayal of a "partial and negative" image of the country.
Four people have been sentenced in Havana for distributing pamphlets criticising Raúl and Fidel Castro, while two human rights defenders have been sentenced for "insulting national symbols" and "disorder" for public acts that they denied had taken place.
At least 10 correspondents from the Havana-based news outlet Centro de Información Hablemos Press have been detained in police stations, put under house arrest or threatened with arrest.
CPJ expressed relief that Albert Santiago Du Bouchet Hernández has been freed, a milestone in an intensive, international advocacy effort led by the Catholic Church, the Spanish government and international rights groups.
Pedro Argüelles Morán, 62, is the third journalist of the Black Spring detainees to be permitted to remain in Cuba after rejecting exile to Spain as a condition for his release.
The government arbitrarily detained at least 50 people leading up to the one-year anniversary of Orlando Zapata Tamayo's death, according to dissidents who spoke to the organisation.
Iván Hernández is the second of the "Black Spring" journalists to be allowed to stay in the country following their release.
Press reports indicate that Héctor Maseda Gutiérrez had balked at the government's offer to be released on parole, asking instead for a pardon.
Pedro Argüelles Morán and Albert Santiago du Bouchet began their action nearly a year after the death in prison of dissident Orlando Zapata Tamayo following a hunger strike.
Guillermo Fariñas was held for seven hours at a police station in Santa Clara province, accused of "public scandal" following a street protest staged in solidarity with a family that has been evicted from its home.
Guillermo "El Coco" Fariñas Hernández has not been allowed to leave Cuba.
The journalists still held are refusing to go into exile, which is the Castro regime's condition for their release.
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Journalist Alfredo Felipe Fuentes was freed from prison and exiled to Spain as part of an agreement between the Havana government and the Catholic Church.