Thursday, July 8, 2010

U.S. : the release of Cuban political prisoners is positive if confirmed

08/07/2010  / 1:20 pm
Washington, July 7 ( EFE ) .- The U.S. government expressed today cautious about the announcement of the gradual release of 52 prisoners Cuban politicians , saying that would be a step "positive" , but is still trying to confirm details of the decision.
"We would see the release of prisoners as a positive development , but we are looking for more details to confirm the announcement, " said Efe Virginia Staab, a spokeswoman for the Department of State, a first reaction to the news.
The department directs the Secretary of State , Hillary Clinton , probably issued in a statement the next few hours on the announcement of the release .
The mediation of the Church of the Government of Cuba to Raul Castro on behalf of political prisoners today reaped major fruit with the announcement of the gradual release of 52 of them, all those who remain in prison of the " Group of 75 ", condemned in the "Black Spring" of 2003.
Five of the 52 political prisoners be freed in the next few hours and leave Cuba to live in Spain , according to the Catholic Church in a statement.
The rest , 47, will be released in the next three four months and may leave the country , "the official statement the Archdiocese of Havana.
In addition, six political prisoners will be " approached " to their provinces residence .
S: / EFE / translation LPPNEWS
Caution Cuban opposition in Spain to notice of release of prisoners
The Cuban regime to release the 52 prisoners still prisoners of the " Group of 75 ", condemned in the " Spring Black " 2003 , representing the largest number of releases granted more than a decade.

Thursday July 8 2010
Several Cuban opposition groups now settled in Spain reacted with joy, and some caution skepticism the announcement that the Government of Cuba shall release 52 political prisoners.

The Cuban regime to release 52 prisoners still being held so-called " Group of 75 ", condemned in "Black Spring "of 2003 , representing the largest number of releases issued by more than a decade , according to the Cuban Catholic Church .
Blanca Reyes, wife of dissident Raul Rivero , one of the detainees in the " Black Spring " , released in 2004 and based in Spain , told Efe that "whenever someone is released unjustly imprisoned , is a joy for us . "

Asked  through the mediation of the Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos , who is visiting this week in Havana to facilitate releases , Reyes replied : " All governments in general try to mediate against an injustice , I feel good. "

The Rivero 's wife understands that opening a new phase because the Government  Raul Castro is in a strong economic crisis and it requires the change. Not because they want to . "

For his part, Carlos Paya, spokesman for the Christian Liberation Movement (MCL ) in Spain, said  Efe his " joy " at the announcement and thanked the Spanish Government "All the solidarity and efforts have been made . "

Payá  also welcomed the " efforts of the Catholic Church, has long accompanied the prisoners to their families. "

Not  However, MCL spokesman stressed that "it is very important that these people ( 52 inmates) , when they are released,  must also have the freedom to stay or to leave Cuba. "

In addition, Payá regretted that "the Government of Cuba is not informing anyone, " the new release of prisoners , as " this information is coming to Cuba through what the church says or  what the Government (Spanish) and news agencies say.

The  representative of the MCL was cautious , however, " until they will clearly establish a government (Cuban ) of real change, " because the ad " may be in a gesture "and "signs of opening must go beyond. "

From the Hispano -Cuban Foundation , its President , Guillermo Gortázar , said the measure of the Castro regime  responds to the " heroic struggle " of dissidents Orlando Zapata , killed last February after a hunger strike 85 days , and William Fariñas , who has a similar protest for more than four months.

" The Cuban government on the one hand , has submitted and intimidate the population, but on the other hand, knows the cost international is the possible loss of life of Mr. Fariñas " Gortázar said .

The president of the Foundation believes that Executive Havana " is preparing to make a gesture to be seen how far and when it does , and sees that the release of prisoners is "a gift" for the Spanish government , which " has for many years being a " lobbyist "of Fidel Castro in the European Union . "

In a  statement issued in Madrid, the dissident group "Cuba Democracy Now "  ( CDY ) , said, " is glad these releases of innocent prisoners who should never be imprisoned for exercising their freedom. "

CDY also congratulated the Cuban Catholic Church and Moratinos for his efforts , and stressed that " the pressure, and harassment complaint these regimes and their violations of human rights wherever they their results. "

On behalf of the NGO Spanish only Cuba, its head of communications , Felix Urosa, described as "very good " news of the release of 52 prisoners of conscience , although " will have to see what the movements that will make the Cuban government . "

Urosa  Efe remarked that " the releases should be under full and free unconditionally, " and made "a call for the Spanish Government and the international community continue to demand the release the remaining prisoners  politicians. "

S : EFE / translation LPPNEWS .
France welcomes " very significant gesture " of Cuba free 52 prisoners
July 8, 2010 , 7:50 a.m. ET PARIS, July 8, 2010 (AFP ) -
France considered on Thursday as a " significant gesture ", which " going in the direction of French and European expectations , "the announcement of the release of 52 Cuban political prisoners , the result of  unprecedented dialogue between the Catholic Church and the authorities of the island.
" France welcomes the announcement of the release of five prisoners Cuban politicians and the early release of 47 others , "he said in a declaration spokesman French Ministry of Foreign Affairs,  Bernard Valero.
The spokesman considered that the announcement of the releases made by the Archbishop of Havana is "a significant gesture Cuban authorities because they go in the direction of expectations French and European . "
Asked about the number of Cuban political prisoners to France be willing to receive , the spokesman recalled the "tradition" of asylum  France " has already received the Cuban opposition in the past. "
But "for now , we have not received any order to that effect " clarified .
The decision announced by the Cuban church is an important step in improving the human rights situation in Cuba, " said spokesman of French diplomacy .
" France hopes that the dialogue between the Church ( Catholic) and  Cuban authorities allow the release of all prisoners politicians, "he said.
Several media argue that several countries, including including Spain , France , Italy and the United States could receive prisoners Cubans released.
Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos said on Wednesday that Spain is willing to initially receive the 52 prisoners and their families.
The announcement provides for five prisoners are released in " coming hours " and  the other 47 "in three or four months. "
Following the release last June of Ariel Sigler , the ill political prisoner , and the transfer of another 12 prisoners prisons closer to their families , always in the context of dialogue between the Church and the government of Raul Castro , France again asked Island authorities to release " all prisoners of opinion and of conscience. "
S : univision / translation LPPNEWS

Moratinos and Zapatero, always to tyranny


¨ Moratinos , at the height of the indignity claimed the journalist to stop the strike and " work "as  him to improve the situation in Cuba, as if Moratinos had made something in his life in pursuit of that goal and did not eat because you want Fariñas  weight loss . ¨


The Spanish presidency of the European Union undoubtedly been the height of the Government's ability Rodriguez Shoemaker. The president claimed that the meetings give him an international statesman image that would allow soar to the public . But it was a half marked by economic crisisica , the  same crisis that has plunged in popularity in Spain, and that Obama is not I would like to attend the EU-US summit , that " planetary encounter "that Leire Pajin gloss , was the last straw .

(Miguel Angel Moratinos and José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero)

But in addition to improving its image , Zapatero and Moratinos had a foreign policy goal was feared that could lead to out to repeal the common policy of the European Union and Cuba. From 1996 , thanks to an initiative of José María Aznar , this agreement requires all countries to condition the dialogue to the promotion of  human rights and a peaceful transition to democracy. Naturally, the Communist tyranny does not make any grace. And the same reason , those friends that are dictatorships , and Zapatero Moratinos do not like and wanted to change it since they arrived the Government.

Moratinos 's excuse to try to change the common position is that the current policy of the European Union has not achieved sufficient results. However, his proposal for a greater dialogue and greater concessions to the tyrants who subjugate Cuba would strengthen  the regime and demoralize the democratic opposition. Europe must continue to show a common front , mainly to prevent those countries not have a special interest in the island opt for the easy way forget about human rights and understanding with the dictatorship, weakening the positions of those who do have a special interest  Cuba. But this common position should aim to further support for the opposition and greater freedom- distance regime of Castro.

In any case , the position of Zapatero and Moratinos is not only wrong , but is especially profound immoral. While the Government has been six years filling his mouth with  the supposed " extension of rights "that has taken place during mandate, the fact is that in all cases where choice has been preferred to support the tyranny over freedom , dictatorships against democracies , the totalitarian to the Democrats . The  Moratinos to visit Cuba is but the latest example. Basking in the care they receive from the brass of a system bloodthirsty, has made it clear he does not think visiting Guillermo Farinas who after four months on hunger strike could be living their last days. Moreover , at the height of indignity claimed the journalist  to stop the strike and " work " like him to improve the situation  Cuba, like Moratinos had done something in your life toward that Fariñas objective and not eat because you want to lose weight.

The foreign minister has arrived  Cuba to promise to the dictatorship that has failed to give six years, the disappearance of the common EU position . Once the Spain's presidency seems all the more difficult it succeeds. But keep going to the island with those intentions is an embarrassment to all Democrats. Reclaim their immediate end , if not because it probably would not cause any change in policy, and few  are candidates for the post more incompetent than the current minister. If you are working for evil, the better the more useless. Thus  things, it is advisable to wait for the leaves Zapatero Moncloa , where much damage has done so much to the Spanish as a Cubans.

S: Editorial Libertad Digital: Miguel Ángel Moratinos

and Jose Luis  Rodríguez Zapatero, always to tyranny - traslate LPPNEWS

Cuba set to free 52 political prisoners

Cuba agrees to free 52 political prisoners AFP/File – Political dissident Guillermo Farinas is checked by a doctor at his home in Santa Clara. Cuba has agreed …

HAVANA (AFP) – Cuba agreed to free 52 political prisoners beginning Thursday, in a breakthrough church-state deal set to yield the biggest prisoner release since President Raul Castro formally took power in 2008.
The release, to include five dissidents, exceeds a bold demand by a hunger-striker near death that some two dozen ill political prisoners be freed in the only one-party communist regime in the Americas.
The five dissidents were to be freed "in the coming hours" and would travel "shortly" to Spain with their families, Cardinal Jaime Ortega, the archbishop of Havana, announced late Wednesday.
The breakthrough talks Wednesday involved Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos, who said the pending move opens "a new era."
"We are quite satisfied. A new era is opening in Cuba, with the will to settle once and for all the political prisoner issue," he said.
Later, he told reporters that "the Spanish government has accepted the proposal that all those who are released travel to Spain, if they so wish."
The pending release of the 52 -- who were part of a group of 75 dissidents rounded up in 2003 and sentenced to jail terms of six to 28 years -- was announced at a meeting of Castro, Ortega and Moratinos, a statement from the Archdiocese of Havana said.
Moratinos said that Castro, during their six-hour meeting, assured him that relatives and the exiles themselves would be able to return to visit Cuba and that the property of dissidents who leave the country would not be confiscated -- measures that would imply a change in Cuban policy.
The remaining 47 dissidents will be freed within the next three to four months, Roman Catholic church officials said in the statement.
The Cuban government has insisted it would not be "blackmailed."
But it is also keen to deflect attention from the case of hunger striker Guillermo Farinas, protesting with his life on the line; his and other recent hunger strikes are huge political embarrassments for Havana, drawing an international outcry.
The church statement did not identify the political prisoners to be freed, nor did it mention Farinas, who is said to be near death from a months-long hunger strike.
Bishop Arturo Gonzalez visited with the hunger striker and was told Farinas was waiting for the actual release of the five dissidents before he ends his hunger strike.
The head of the Organization of American States, Jose Miguel Insulza, described the announced prisoner releases as "excellent" news and said he hoped it would prompt Farinas to end his strike.
Farinas's deteriorating condition has been reported, unusually, in the official Communist Party newspaper Granma, in what observers say is an attempt to defuse international criticism should he die.
The psychologist and online journalist has been refusing food since February while demanding the release of 25 political prisoners with failing health.
Farinas, 48, said he could end his strike when the five dissidents are freed, having dropped his original demand for all 25 once church mediation was under way.
"I am skeptical. Until our brothers are on the street, we do not trust the authorities," Farinas said by phone from hospital in the central city of Santa Clara.
Other foes of the government voiced surprise.
"I am stunned -- we were expecting 10, 12, maybe 15 to be freed and then maybe in six months some more," said Laura Pollan, a leader of the Ladies in White group of family members of the 75 political prisoners picked up in the 2003 sweep.
"I will believe it when I see all 75 out on the street," she said.
The Cuban Human Rights and National Reconciliation Commission -- an outlawed but tolerated dissident information clearing-house -- estimates there are 167 political prisoners in the Caribbean nation of more than 11 million people.
The church began a dialogue with the government on May 19. As a result of the talks, one prisoner was released and another 12 were transferred to facilities closer to their families.
Moratinos has said if his visit was a success, it would help toward lifting the EU common position on Cuba, which has, since 1996, conditioned relations between the European Union and Havana on progress in human rights here.
He also said he hoped the United States, Cuba's longtime foe in the region, would "take note" of Havana's decision to free dissidents.