Thursday, April 12, 2012
Cuba: Urgent Action Request
Human Rights / Suppression
Cubamatinal / The Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation makes an urgent call to all organizations that defend the fundamental rights, community of democratic governments and the public for their opinion such conviction or express concern about the wave repression unleashed on Tuesday April 2 against peaceful dissidents in the province of Santiago de Cuba.
By Elizardo Sanchez Santa Cruz. Spokesman
Havana, at least 25 peaceful opponents, including the former prisoner of conscience José Daniel Ferrer and Lady in White Belkis Cantillo, were arrested, sometimes violently, by the powerful secret political police and other repressive bodies totalitarian regime prevailing in Cuba for more than half a century.
Several houses were raided, apparently without a warrant, and were true object of looting. repressive forces entered sack least in the homes of Jose Daniel Ferrer and cruet Raumel Estive and took materials and office equipment, books and other publications and various articles of priopiedad family.
Nearly 24 hours after this repressive action is unknown whereabouts of detainees.
The stroke of political repression took place at the towns of Palma Soriano, Palmarito de Cauto and Santiago de Cuba.
They are members of several opposition organizations but the vast majority are members of the Patriotic Union of Cuba, whose Coordinator is Jose Daniel Ferrer Garcia.
To date, the CCDHRN or other civil society groups independently know the whereabouts of Andrew Carrion Alvarez, who was arrested by the secret political police to say slogans antigovernment minutes before the Mass offered by SS Benedict XVI, on 26 March, the largest public square Santiago de Cuba.
The White House on Thursday bluntly told Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to "stop killing your people" as the Obama administration closely watched whether Syrian forces kept the terms of a fragile cease-fire brokered by United Nations envoy Kofi Annan.In an unusually direct statement to the regime in Damascus, Obama press secretary Jay Carney said from the White House podium: "Our message is to the Assad regime: Stop killing your people. Stop the violence. Commit yourself to a cease-fire. Commit yourself fully to implementing the Annan plan. Remove your troops, withdraw your materiel, your weapons, from urban population centers. And I hope that this message is heard."
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"While there are some signs of a tentative cease-fire holding at this point in time, that is not the same as full implementation of the commitments that the Assad regime made 12 days ago when it said it would implement the Annan plan," Carney said. Annan's six-point plan notably calls for an end to a bloody 13-month crackdown by Syrian forces on opposition to Assad, whose family has held an iron grip on power for four decades. U.N. estimates put the death toll at about 9,000 people. Annan's blueprint also urges talks between Assad's government and the opposition to launch a "political transition"—a relatively vague term that stops well short of a proposal from the Arab League group of nations that calls for Assad to step down.
Are Hard-Line Cuban-Americans Strong as Ever?
- Fernand Amandi, PollsterSuch disrespect would have led to a far harsher response 10 or 20 years ago, when more of the original Cuban exiles were still alive.
- Ninoska Perez Castellon, Radio hostYounger Cubans still feel committed to the cause of their parents, and our elected representatives reflect that.
- Anya Landau French, New America FoundationThe younger generation doesn't see itself as exiles, but immigrants. Opportunity matters more to them than politics.
- David Rivera, CongressmanThe issue of Castro is not some distant memory. It is charged and sensitive because it is a present-day reality for young and old.
Mike Ehrmann/Getty ImagesThe angry reaction when the Miami Marlins’ manager Ozzie Guillen said he admired Fidel Castro may not have been surprising. But what does it signify? Does it demonstrate that neither Cuban-Americans’ passionate opposition to any compromise with Castro nor their unity has been diminished, or does it mask divisions within the community over how to deal with the issue? Do Cuban-American voters remain a reliable bloc for conservative candidates, or will they consider other appeals?
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