November 3, 2012
by Kimberly Bennett
On November 3, 2011, the Cuban government announced the passage of a bill modifying its housing law to allow permanent residents of the country to buy and sell their homes at will for the first time since 1959. The law limits property owners to one main home and one vacation home, and the Cuban ...[read more]
December 24, 2011
by Sarah Posner
The Cuban government announced Friday that the country will grant amnesty to and free 2,900 prisoners including those convicted of political crimes. The announcement was motivated by humanitarian concerns, in an effort by President Raul Castro to establish good will in anticipation of a visit by ...[read more]
March 17, 2010
by Haley Wojdowski
Human rights group Amnesty International (AI) on Wednesday urged Cuban authorities to revoke laws that restrict freedom of expression, assembly and association and to release all dissidents unfairly detained by the authorities. AI called on President Raul Castro to invite UN experts an... ...[read more]
November 19, 2009
by Ximena Marinero
The Cuban government of Raul Castro has continued to repress dissidents and violate fundamental civil liberties of Cubans, maintaining the mechanisms put in place by Fidel Castro, according to a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report released on Wednesday. Specifically, HRW reported that 53 political ...[read more]
March 18, 2008
by Caitlin Price
Rights groups Tuesday marked the anniversary of a March 2003 crackdown on dissidents in Cuba by calling for the release of political prisoners detained during that round-up. Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Human Rights First (HRF) and other groups urged new Cuban President Raul Castro to ...[read more]
February 25, 2008
by Joshua Pantesco
The Cuban National Assembly on Sunday, by a unanimous show of hands, officially voted Raul Castro, 76, to the position of president, and also chose Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, 76, as the first vice president. Ventura is known as a hard-line supporter of former President Fidel Castro, who resigned... ...[read more]
February 20, 2008
by Lisl Brunner
The resignation of Cuban President Fidel Castro could prompt lawsuits against him in Spanish courts for crimes against humanity, Spanish human rights lawyers indicated on Tuesday. In December, the Spanish Audiencia Nacional dismissed a claim against Castro and Cuban Minister of Tourism Osmani ...[read more]
January 16, 2008
by Andrew Gilmore
The number of political prisoners in Cuba has decreased from 283 at the end of 2006 to to 234 at the end of 2007, but human rights abuses continue in the communist Caribbean state, according to the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) Wednesday. The CCDHRN, led by ...[read more]
August 11, 2007
by Michael Sung
The Cuban government on Friday paroled dissident Francisco Chaviano Gonzalez, after the former president of the Cuban National Council for Civil Rights served 13 years in prison. Chaviano was sentenced to 15 years in prison in May 1994 for allegedly revealing state security secrets and... ...[read more]

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