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There are at least 1,236 political prisoners in Cuba: “It is on a par with North Korea”

The Cuban regime’s retaliation against those who oppose communism on the island is macabre. The organization Prisoners Defenders (PD) assures that the number of political prisoners increased from 150 to 1,236 from June 2021 to May 2022. Of these, 1,046 are suffering sentences and limitation of freedom by prosecutors in flagrant violation of the law international law and due process.
To the figure that represents ten times more cases of judicial cruelty in one year, another 11,000 civilians are added —most of them young— who do not belong to opposition organizations, but face average sentences of two years and 10 months as part of “pre-trial” sentences. criminal”, that is, without any crime committed. The Castro Penal Code allows it. The regulations consider them with a tendency to be able to commit crimes in the future “because of the conduct that they observe in manifest contradiction with the norms of socialist morality.” This is established in article 72 to impose sentences of 1 to 4 years in prison without a crime or investigated, neither happened, nor committed, nor attempted.

“Cuba right now is on a par with North Korea, really. It has always been like this, but now it is coming to light because the people can no longer deal with this aberration of a system that violates each and every one of their rights,” says Javier Larrondo, director of Prisoners Defenders.

A reality
Larrondo’s comparison between the situation of political prisoners in Cuba and the nation under the iron control of Kim Jong Un is based on real events. His organization compiled the 15 forms of torture that Castroism exercises against dissidence in an extensive investigation presented to the United Nations.

With 100 testimonies from victims, PD revealed how the Miguel Díaz-Canel administration manages to obtain a confession or information in favor of its political interests in the trials of political prisoners in Cuba. The practices include exposure to high and low temperatures, intimidation, blackmail, forced nudity, deprivation of medical attention, physical aggression, intentional disorientation, deprivation of liquids and food, intentional sleep deprivation up to the deprivation of communication with the defense, the family and relative,

The reprehensible practices have coincidences with those of the North Korean dictator, who uses kicks, punches and blunt objects to hit prisoners of conscience. Use is “continuous and widespread among investigators and prison guards,” Human Rights Watch deputy director for Asia Phil Robertson said in a report.

The detainees in this nation live overcrowded in cells with no hygienic conditions and without heating to turn the winter temperatures of up to 20 degrees below zero into a source of intimidation.

There “abuse, torture and punishment, including for not remaining immobilized when a detainee is ordered to, appear to be more serious when interrogators try to extract confessions. Because the detainees are treated as if they were lesser human beings, unworthy of direct eye contact with law enforcement officers, they are referred to by a number instead of their names. Some detainees reported sexual harassment and assault, including rape.”

Biased justice

In North Korea, most criminal cases end in sentences to serve in forced labor colonies, different from the even more feared and brutal “kwanliso” (concentration camps for political prisoners). Something similar happens in Cuba with political prisoners.

The balance of PD shows that the “arrests, trials and convictions have been a great play” where “the causes have been manufactured at the whim of the accusers”, without allowing international organizations and diplomacy from more than 27 countries to be present in the judgments.

“The witnesses were all police officers, members of the organizations of the party in power, or state officials. Despite the fact that public disorder was the most frequent crime in all cases (in 61% of cases), we have not found a single civil witness independent of the state, among the dozens of sentences examined to date, who expressed his discomfort ”. In networks they cry for freedom.

This patriot, Silverio Portal, is an example of courage and commitment to the cause of the freedom of our homeland and of the #Political Prisoners of Cuba. Thank you Silverio!

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José Martí
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