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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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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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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…
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U.S. President George W. Bush will be traveling to Africa from July 7-12, visiting Senegal, South Africa, Botswana, Uganda, and Nigeria. This packet from Human Rights Watch includes material for each stop along the way. A brief overview of the Bush…