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16th UPR session, April - May 2013

Introduction Cuba remains the only country in Latin America that represses virtually all forms of political dissent. In 2012 the government of Raúl Castro continued to enforce political conformity using short-term detentions, beatings, public acts of…
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(Washington, DC) – Human Rights Watch issued the following statement on the death on July 22, 2012, of the Cuban dissident Oswaldo Payá, founder of the Varela Project, which challenged the government to undertake democratic reforms:  Oswaldo Payá’s long…
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Human Rights Watch supports the new rules announced by US President Barack Obama on January 14, 2011, which will allow religious, educational, and other civil society groups from the United States to travel to Cuba. The new regulations will also permit…
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Committee Hearing on "Travel Restriction Reform and Export Enhancement Act"

Washington, DC The Honorable Collin C. Peterson Chairman, U.S. House Committee on Agriculture 1301 Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Dear Mr. Chairman, I would like to congratulate you on convening this timely and important hearing…
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The death in custody on February 23, 2010, of Orlando Zapata Tamayo after an 85-day hunger strike serves as a tragic reminder of the ongoing repression in Cuba. Zapata Tamayo, a plumber, was one of more than 75 Cubans jailed during a crackdown on civil…
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Briefing to the 60th Session of the UN Commission on Human Rights

In its annual resolution on torture, the Commission on Human Rights should reaffirm the absolute obligation of states not to return (“refouler”) a person to a country where he or she is at risk of being subjected to torture or other cruel or inhuman…
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Statement by Tom Malinowski, Washington Advocacy Director

Thank you for your invitation to address the human rights situation in Cuba and to discuss U.S. policy towards that country. Human Rights Watch has been monitoring human rights conditions in Cuba for more than 15 years. Severe political repression has…