Article from Fox News Latino

Cuban authorities held democracy activist Jorge Luís García Pérez “Antunez” for nine hours after storming his home in retaliation for anti-government statements. Read the article

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…)


Cuban Democracy Activist Jorge Luis García Pérez “Antúnez” (left) speaks to Senators Menendez, Nelson and Rubio

Press release from U.S. Senate

U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) met with Cuban democracy activist Jorge Luis García Pérez “Antúnez” on September 17.

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Article from Miami Herald

In a speech at Georgetown University on September 16, Jorge Luis Garcia Perez “Antunez,” Secretary General of the National Front of Civic Resistance, describes the hard struggle for freedom on the island. Read the article

Article from TIME Magazine

TIME Magazine recently published an interesting and deep-going article about the Cuban net life. Cubans were legally allowed earlier this year to go online at so-called “cyber points”, nevertheless with restriction and need of handing over identity papers before logging on. The article brings opinions from dissident Cuban citizens who bid defiance to the governmental restrictions of net freedom as well as tells us more about how the citizens in the country succeed taking part of modern internet phenomenon such as “Gangnam Style” in spite of national restrictions. With only 25 % of the population online, Cuba is “the Western Hemisphere’s last frontier”, according to the writer of the article. Read the article

Article from World Movement for Democracy

The Cuban government continues death treats and physical attacks agains the opposition. 12 members of the Las Damas de Blanco (Ladies in White) were lately arrested and beaten after attending church. Read the article

Article from the New York Times

Cuban authorities will start offering public Internet access at cybersalons across the island, where access today is greatly restricted. The price for access at the new centers will be high, $4.50 an hour, in a country where the state salaries average about $20 per month. Read the article

Report from the International Republican Institute

The International Republican Institute (IRI) presented its latest survey on Cuban public opinon, May 23. The survey, fielded on the island January 20 – February 20, 2013, found that repression on the island is still high, with 69 percent saying they could not speak their minds in public without retribution.  Fifty-three percent said that the Cuban government was repressive with 20 percent refusing to answer the question. Read the survey

Article from UN Watch

In an open letter to UN, archbishop Tutu and a 100 other people from different countries and political movements urge an international investigation of the car accident that led to the death of the human rights activist Oswaldo Payá. This after the driver of the car, member of Spanish Partido Popular Ángel Carromero, stated that their car had been followed and harassed by a Cuban government vehicle.  Read the article

Article from Amnesty International 

Cuba has recently announced that they will ease the travel restrictions existing in the country and both the blogger Yoani Sánchez and the Lady in White spokesperson Berta Soler have been allowed to leave. Some see this as an improvement, but Cuban activist José Daniel Ferrer García who many times have encountered Cuba’s lack of democracy, realizes that this is yet another smoke screen from the Cuban government. Read the article