On February 8, 2012, Laima Andrikiene, a member of the European Parliament’s Human Rights Subcommittee made public her argument of the human rights situation in Cuba in: ‘Cuban Spring ‘Unavoidable Amid Repression’ pointing to the present responsibility of the international community to “act against the undemocratic Cuban regime as it increases its repression of dissidents” : http://www.publicserviceeurope.com/article/1472/cuban-spring-unavoidable-amid-repression
On February 9, 2012, the Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation issued a report that documented at least 631 arbitrary detentions carried out by the Cuban regime for political reasons in the month of January 2012. The group led by Elizardo Sanchez and considered “illegal” in the island, revealed a clear increment in the violence applied by the police against peaceful activists in 2011. It also pointed to the fact that the regime has taken no visible steps to investigate and establish the facts on the circumstances related to the agony, death, funeral and burial of the peaceful human rights defender, William Villar Mendoza who died under the custody of the Cuban state following more than 50 days on hunger strike.
Carlos Lauria, the Americas Senior Program Coordinator of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) denounced that Yoani Sanchez’s, a Cuban blogger whom the Cuban state media has described as a ‘cybermercenary’ at the service of a foreign government, was denied once again, for the 19th time, her right to travel abroad in the article: Rousseff quiet as Cuban blogger denied travel to Brazil: http://www.cpj.org/blog/2012/02/rousseff-quiet-as-cuban-blogger-denied-travel-to-b.php. The Committee to Protect Journalists is an independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1981 that promotes press freedom worldwide by defending the rights of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal.
Below are some of the human rights violations reported during the week of February 6 – 12, 2012.
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