Race and Equality: The Cuban government must grant political prisoner José Rolando Casares Soto full and unconditional liberty

Race and Equality: The Cuban government must grant political prisoner José Rolando Casares Soto full and unconditional liberty

Cuba, English, Race and Equality, UN
Washington, D.C., August 20, 2020.- On Wednesday, August 19, the International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) confirmed that Cuban political prisoner José Rolando Casares Soto was released under conditional liberty via a phone call with Mr. Casares. As an organization dedicated to defending and promoting human rights, we celebrate the fact that Mr. Casares, an activist and member of the Cuban Youth Roundtable (Mesa de Diálogo de la Juventud Cubana) has been released from prison and can rejoin his family; however, we continue to insist that the Cuban government grant him unconditional liberty and rescind his convictions, as well as that of his wife Yamilka Abascal Sánchez. Mr. Casares was one of the activists whose stories were highlighted in our report Premeditated Convictions, which examined…
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Race and Equality denounces harassment against members of the Christian Liberation Movement in Cuba and demands respect for freedom of expression on the island

Race and Equality denounces harassment against members of the Christian Liberation Movement in Cuba and demands respect for freedom of expression on the island

Cuba, English, Race and Equality
Washington, D.C. August 3, 2020.- The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) denounces the harassment and threats committed this weekend by Cuban State Security against a family that are members of the Christian Liberation Movement (MCL, for its initials in Spanish). These threats were intended to silence leaders of this independent civil society organization on the island. Dr. Eduardo Cardet Concepcion, National Coordinator of the MCL and former political prisoner, denounced that on July 31 and August 2, State Security agents approached different members of his family, who are part of the MCL, to demand that they leave the organization and threatened them with criminal prosecution and fines if they continued participating in actions supporting the MCL or Cardet Concepcion. The first of these acts…
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IACHR grants Race and Equality’s request for precautionary measures for Cuban political prisoner Silverio Portal Contreras

IACHR grants Race and Equality’s request for precautionary measures for Cuban political prisoner Silverio Portal Contreras

Cuba, English, IACHR, Race and Equality
Washington, D.C.  July 23, 2020.- The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) is pleased that the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has granted our request for precautionary measures for Silverio Portal Contreras. The request was submitted on June 5, 2020 and was granted this Wednesday. Portal Contreras is in a situation of grave risk and the Cuban government should follow the IACHR’s recommendations to take measures necessary to protect his life and personal integrity. Silverio Portal Contreras is a Cuban political prisoner who was arrested in July 2018 while participating in a public protest. He is an independent activist who has supported various movements in Cuba, including the Ladies in White and the Opposition Movement for a New Republic. While in prison, his health…
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“In Santiago, I spent 100 days in an isolation cell”: The story of Lisandra Rivera, victim of State repression in Cuba

“In Santiago, I spent 100 days in an isolation cell”: The story of Lisandra Rivera, victim of State repression in Cuba

Cuba
Lisandra Rivera first learned about Cuba’s opposition groups when she was 25 years old, living in her hometown of Santiago de Cuba. One Sunday in August 2013, she was at the beach with her friends when she saw a group of women dressed all in white protesting in the middle of the street. The young women stopped to watch the protesters and ask them about their group, the famed Damas de Blanco. They also watched the police put down the protest. Before long, Lisandra and her mother joined the Damas. “We went to mass with the Damas every Sunday to demand freedom for political prisoners and for the people of Cuba. We carried out activities for children and brought aid to elderly and sick people,” says Lisandra, now 32 years…
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The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights celebrates that the Cuban activist Ariel Ruiz Urquiola will be able to address the plenary of the United Nations Human Rights Council and clarifies assistance offered in Geneva

The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights celebrates that the Cuban activist Ariel Ruiz Urquiola will be able to address the plenary of the United Nations Human Rights Council and clarifies assistance offered in Geneva

Cuba, UN
Washington D.C., June 26, 2020 – The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) is happy to hear that today, June 26, the Cuban scientist and activist Ariel Ruiz Urquiola has ended his hunger and thirst strike after reaching an agreement that allows him to speak against the Cuban government during the plenary session of the Human Rights Council of the United Nations. However, with respect to the article published by Cubanet on June 26, we would like to reaffirm and clarify the following points: Race and Equality is firmly committed to the defense and protection of the human rights of Cubans. We applaud that Ruiz Urquiola will be able to present his information to the plenary of the Human Rights Council of the United Nations,…
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