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Perspectivas / Perspectives

La Internacional Demócrata de Centro denuncia aumento de la represión en Cuba

Bruselas, Nov.30 (DP.net).– La Internacional Demócrata de Centro (IDC-CDI) aprobó el lunes 26 de noviembre una resolución basada en el proyecto presentado por el Partido Demócrata Cristiano de Cuba (PDC) y el Movimiento Cristiano Liberación (MCL), en la que denuncia el aumento de la Líderes de la IDC reunidos en Cabo Verderepresión en Cuba desde que Miguel Díaz-Canel asumió la presidencia y critica al presidente del Gobierno español, Pedro Sánchez, por no reunirse con la oposición en su reciente viaje a la isla.

Según un comunicado, el texto de la resolución fue respaldado por “unanimidad” por los líderes de IDC-CDI reunidos en Sal (Cabo Verde). El comunicado agrega que el presidente de la IDC-CDI y expresidente de Colombia, Andrés Pastrana, lamentaron la creciente falta de libertades en Cuba y dijo que “desde que Díaz Canel está al frente del régimen castrista ha aumentado el número de detenciones arbitrarias”, además de señalar que “sólo en el mes de octubre 200 personas fueron perseguidas por el hecho de expresar sus opiniones”.

La resolución exige, entre otras cosas, la inmediata liberación “sin condiciones” de todos los presos políticos en Cuba y “el cese de los hostigamientos a opositores y disidentes”.

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Indignación: El terrible comportamiento de la caravana migrante en México

Una publicación de Facebook se hizo viral cuando se mencionó el "terrible" comportamiento que están teniendo integrantes de la caravana migrante.

"Son personas que están exigiendo cosas a diestra y siniestra. Tienen una carpa con toda la ropa donada, les dieron demasiado ropa, la mayoría nueva, pero no les importa si es nueva; ellos quieren ropa de marca ...", confiesa una Asistente Social voluntaria.

 

 

Tijuana, Nov.29.– Miles de usuarios manifestaron su opinión a través de redes sociales sobre la llegada de la caravana migrante. En específico, existe una publicación de Facebook de una joven que asegura haber tenido una experiencia "terrible" cuando asistió a brindar un servicio de limpiezas dentales por parte del gobierno de la Ciudad de México.

Tijuana: Suciedad y desorden en el campamento de migrantes

Una mujer asistente social y dentista, escribió un post de la famosa red social y expresó la "terrible" experiencia que tuvo cuando fue enviada a brindar servicios de su carrera a integrantes de la caravana migrante.

Isa R, menciona que hay otro lado de la historia que no se menciona.

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How many political prisoners are there in Cuba?

Cuba Archive has published on its website a report entitled "How many political prisoners are there in Cuba?" Following is a summary of the 4-page report (see the report for details and sources). 

Files recovered from the former Stasi, political police of the communist German Democratic Republic, indicate there were 18,000 prisoners in Cuba in 1965 and 3,300 in 1978. The Mitrokhin archives of the former Soviet KGB has at least one reference of 8,000 prisoners in Cuba in 1974. Cuban researcher Efrén Córdova reports of 19,000 political prisoners in 1967. Former prisoner of conscience Ambassador Armando Valladares that when he was imprisoned (1960 to 1982), the number of "counterrevolutionary" prisoners island-wide was, according to a blackboard at the Castillo del Príncipe prison, 82,000. According to Valladares, his fellow political prisoners estimated that there were at least 200 prisons and labor camps in Cuba.

In June 2018, the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation, CCDHRN, reported 120 prisoners for political reasons as of May 31, 2018. It notes that these individuals are "held in maximum security” -96 are opponents or disaffected to the regime and 24 are prisoners accused of employing or planning to use some form of force or violence to carry out "acts against the security of the State.” The list does not include individuals held in minimum security facilities or labor camps or many thousands of Cubans who are not members of an opposition political movement but are believed to be imprisoned for underlying political reasons yet sentenced and reported otherwise.

Given the nature of the Cuban system, the definition of "political prisoner" reflects changing circumstances. Once the mass executions ceased, armed insurrections were defeated, the remaining resistance was mostly exiled, and the massive political imprisonment of the 1960s diminished, the regime was able to institutionalize terror and indoctrination to subdue the population; this considerably reduced direct confrontation with the government. Also, mass migration from the earliest days of the revolution has allowed the most disaffected Cubans to leave the country or devote their hope and energies to finding ways to do so, reducing interest and resources to oppose the regime. It is, thus, not necessary to impose patently political prison sentences.

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The UN Human Rights Council’s lousy election

Members of the UN's Human Rights Council
(some members will be replaced on January 1st, 2019)

Afghanistan - 2020, Angola - 2020, Australia - 2020, Belgium - 2018, Brazil - 2019, Burundi - 2018, Chile - 2020, China - 2019, Côte d’Ivoire - 2018, Croatia - 2019, Cuba - 2019, Democratic Republic of the Congo - 2020, Ecuador - 2018, Egypt - 2019, Ethiopia - 2018, Georgia - 2018, Germany - 2018, Hungary - 2019, Iceland (elected on 13 July 2018 to serve as a member from 13 July 2018 to 31 December 2019 to replace the vacancy left by the United States following its decision to withdraw its membership), Iraq - 2019, Japan - 2019, Kenya - 2018, Kyrgyzstan - 2018, Mexico - 2020, Mongolia - 2018, Nepal - 2020, Nigeria - 2020, Pakistan - 2020, Panama - 2018, Peru - 2020, Philippines - 2018, Qatar - 2020, Republic of Korea - 2018, Rwanda - 2019, Saudi Arabia - 2019, Senegal - 2020, Slovakia - 2020, Slovenia - 2018, South Africa - 2019, Spain - 2020, Switzerland - 2018, Togo - 2018, Tunisia - 2019, Ukraine - 2020, United Arab Emirates - 2018, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - 2019, United States of America (resigned its membership in the Human Rights Council , effective 1700 hours EDT, June 19 2018), Venezuela - 2018.

Oct. 17.– Those who argue that the UN’s Human Rights Council is a force for good were greatly disappointed last week by the election to the council of Bahrain, Cameroon, Eritrea and the Philippines; those who praised President Donald Trump’s decision in June to pull the United States out of the council have taken succour from the elevation of four known human-rights abusers. America’s ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, described the council as “a protector of human-rights abusers and a cesspool of political bias”, especially against Israel. Human Rights Watch, a New York-based monitor, expressed outrage at the election, criticising in particular Eritrea and the Philippines. Cuba, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt and Saudi Arabia are already serving on the council.

The body consists of 47 members, about a third of them elected every year for a term of three years, renewable by election for one extra term, with five regional blocs each proposing members for election. This time around, human-rights lobbies were further angered by the fact that every new member was voted in on a “clean slate”, meaning that no candidate faced competition.

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Nobel Peace Prize 2018 honors the fight against sexual violence

Participatory Democracy Cultural Initiative (PDCI) and its subsidiary in the WEB, DemocraciaParticipativa.net wholeheartedly congratulates Dr. Denis Mukwege, one of the two winners of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, which he received jointly with Iraqi Yazidi activist Nadia Murad, both of whom are leading campaigners against rape as a weapon of war.

Dr. Mukwege is a courageous gynecologist and founder of the Panzi Hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where he made it his mission to treat the horrific injuries suffered by thousands of women who were victims of violent rape by the combatants in the protracted and brutal war in Eastern Congo.

In 2014 Dr. Mukwege obtained a grant to help him fund a documentary about his initiatives and work: “The Man who Mends Women,” was an award-winning film by director Thierry Michele and Collette Brackeman, co-produced by Les Films de la Passarelle and Ryva Productions. Screened throughout Congo and internationally, including the United Nations, the House of Commons, and the European Parliament, the film raised awareness of atrocities committed by the Congolese army and armed groups against women in Eastern Congo and highlighted Dr. Mukwege’s achievements through his heroic work to empower victims of sexual violence.

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