According to the Miami Herald, who quotes U.S. assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere Affairs, there will be an interaction between the U.S. president Barack Obama and Raúl Castro at the Panama Summit. She says further that it will be an important handshake in the ongoing process of trying to renew U.S.-Cuban relations. Human rights advocates fear however that any recognition of Castro will lend the rough nation legitimacy internationally, undermining the struggle of political dissidents on the island.

Read more at Miami Herald here

June 12, Yris Tamara Pérez and Jorge Luis García Pérez, significant leaders of the Cuban resistance movement, are now together with other important leaders under arrest after a nightly raid led by Cuban authorities against dissidents, The Miami Herald’s Juan Tamayo reports. Mr and Mrs Pérez guested as late as in October a seminar hosted by the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation in Stockholm on Human Rights on Cuba.

Read a summary on the arrests here by John Suarez

Gustav Blix, John Suaréz, Iris Tamara Pérez Aguilera, Jorge Luís García Pérez

From left to right: Gustav Blix, John Suaréz, Iris Tamara Pérez Aguilera, Jorge Luís García Pérez

October 9 in Stockholm and October 10 in Uppsala, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation arranged two well attended seminars regarding the civic nonviolent resistance in Cuba with emphasis on human rights.

The seminar in Stockholm was moderated by Gustav Blix, member of the Swedish parliament and of the foundation’s board, and in Uppsala by Ulrika Karlsson, member of the Swedish parliament. Invited guests were Jorge Luís García Pérez, leader of the Cuba’s Civic Resistance Movement, Iris Tamara Pérez Aguilera, founder and president of the Rosa Parks Women’s Movement and John Suaréz, human rights director in the Cuban Democratic Directorate. (more…)

9 October, 2013

Cuba is a centralized, planned economy and communist one-party state where no other parties are permitted. After Fidel Castro’s illness in 2008, hope of reform was spread, but the small changes that have occurred since then are merely symbolic actions without any real value.

On October 9 and 10, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation organizes a seminar in Stockholm respectively in Uppsala with Jorge Luís García Pérez, leader of Cuba’s civic resistance movement and Iris Tamara Pérez Aguilera, founder and President of the Rosa Parks Women’s Movement, who will give their views on the developments in the country.

The seminar will be held in English.

October 9, 2013 in Stockholm
Time: 17:30
Venue: Stora Nygatan 30, Gamla Stan, Stockholm

October 10, 2013 in Uppsala
Time: 17:30
Venue: Sturegatan 4 B, Uppsala

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Report by the International Republican Institute, May 6, 2012

The International Republican Institute, IRI, today released its survey of Cuban public opinion.  The survey was fielded on the island February 29-March 14, 2012.  A total of 787 Cuban adults were asked questions ranging from access to internet and cell phone usage, to the performance of the current Castro government and expectations for change.  The IRI survey also asked Cubans their opinions about economic reforms which have been highly publicized in the international media. (more…)

Cuba – No Less Oppressive

August 12th, 2010   Articles | Cuba

Earlier this month the Castro regime, after mediation by the Catholic Church, announced that it would release 52 political prisoners and “allow them” to leave the island. This is a remarkable u-turn by the regime, since Cuba so far denied having any political prisoners at all.

The release and exile of political prisoners didn’t happen because the Castro regime decided to soften its stance. In particular since the untimely death in February of hunger striking political prisoner Orlando Zapata Tamayo, recognized by Amnesty International as a prisoner of conscience, Cuba has come under intense and unprecedented international scrutiny. A recent hunger strike by Guillermo Farinas – for the more humane treatment and immediate release of the most ill political prisoners – increased the pressure on the regime after he was hospitalized in critical condition. (more…)