LINKS TO CUBA ARCHIVE’S WORK ON TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS AND HUMAN EXPLOITATION
CUBA 1959 TO PRESENT: AT LEAST 146 ENFORCED DISAPPEARANCES
“Cuba’s Raúl Castro: Reformer or Unreformable?: The Evidence to Date.”
September 30, 2016. Raúl Castro has been directly responsible for systematic crimes against humanity over the course of the 57 year-old Castro dictatorship —first as second-in-command and head of the Armed Forces and, subsequently, as “maximum” leader for the last ten years. Nothing in his history denotes any inclination to reform other than conveniently changing tactics as needed.
See a detailed report, including selected profiles of his latest victims, here.
Guantánamo: Cuba’s Berlin Wall
“Barbed wire, high fences, mine fields, watch towers with armed sharpshooters firing at unarmed civilians… the tropical version of the Berlin Wall prevents escapees from Communist Cuba from reaching U.S. territory at the naval base in Guantánamo…”
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Forcible blood extraction from political prisoners
“The Cuban revolutionary regime one-upped the feared former East German political police, Stasi, which in the mid-1980s sold blood that had been “donated” under duress by political prisoners to the Bavarian Red Cross. Not only has Cuba engages in this same practice, but in the 1960’s it massively drained the blood of political prisoners on their way to execution.”
Cuba’s Blood Exports
On July 26, 2013, the Montevideo-based El País reported sales for the year 2012 of $ 0.9 million by Cuba to Uruguay of “human or animal blood for therapeutic uses.” The Castro regime has sold blood under false pretense from the earliest days of the revolution. In the 1960’s blood was massively drained from political prisoners on their way to execution.
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Statistics on Cuba’s Blood Exports 1995-2015
Click here to see sales by year and by country for Cuba’s blood exports for the period 1995-2015. This information furthers our report Cuba’s Blood Exports: A Scandalous Business.
Cuba: Strange accidents and unexplained deaths
“Cuba Archive has received reports of a considerable number of deaths or uncanny “accidents” of detractors of the Cuban regime —in Cuba and in several countries— surrounded by mysterious circumstances. (…) There are also a number of credible first-hand reports of seeming attempts against the lives of human rights’ defenders in Cuba, many perpetrated with vehicles. (…) A decisive pattern emerges from the known cases, some summarized herein, that defies odds and points strongly to state-sponsored killings or attempted killings.”
Also see our Alert on the suspicious deaths of dissidents Oswaldo Payá and Harold Cepera:
Cuba: Investigate death of dissident leader Oswaldo Payá, 7/31/2012
“That the international community has not held Cuba’s government accountable for even its more evident and egregious human rights’ violations has only emboldened it further. As long as it enjoys sustained impunity and is legitimized by the civilized world, it will continue to employ terror and violence to silence its detractors.” See call to action.”
Cuba: Suspicious death of dissident leader
“Oswaldo Payá, age 60, was killed Sunday, July 22,, 2012 in a car crash. Founder and leader of the Christian Liberation Movement (known for its Spanish abbreviation MCL), he was regarded as Cuba´s leading dissident leader. Also killed was Harold Cepero, a 32-year old activist from the movement.
From the very first reports, just hours after the crash, Paya’s wife and children in Havana indicated and have consistently maintained that they did not believe there had been an “accident” because the two foreigners had sent word they were being pursued and, subsequently, both has sent text messages that their car had been rammed by another vehicle and forced off the road, crashing.”
Civilians killed for attempting to flee Cuba
Article 216 of Cuba’s Penal Code forbids Cuba’s citizens from leaving the island without prior government authorization and penalizes attempts to do so with years of prison. Cuban authorities have killed many unarmed civilians, including children, for attempting to escape. It is feared that many who are presumed lost at sea may actually have been killed by the Cuban Border Guard.
Martha Carrosco, Age 45 / Jorge Levrigido Flores, Age 28 / Vicente Fleitas, Age 56
Deaths by hunger strike
13 Cuban political prisoners have died in hunger strike, demanding humane treatment.
Ironically, Fidel Castro had said in 1981 regarding the I.R.A. hunger strikers: “Tyrants shake in the presence of men who are able to die for their ideals, after sixty days of hunger strike! Next to this example, what were the three days of Christ on Calvary, as a symbol down the centuries of human sacrifice?” Twenty years later he had a monument built to honor the ten IRA hunger strikers who died. It was unveiled by Gerry Adams -leader of Sinn Fein- in Havana in December 2001.
Death by hunger strike of Wilman Villar
Spanish version is available in the Spanish page of this website (“Informes”).
First: Wilman Villar with Cuban flag. Second: His wife & daughters, 12/22/2011. Third: Villar, top left with hat, at a 9/2011 demonstration. The sign reads: “We will not support the government that impoverishes us all. Praise Christ.” Four: Villar and fellow demonstrators are violently arrested 11/14/2011.
This report is only available in the Spanish page of this website.
2014 Documented Deaths and Disappearances
45 Documented Deaths Attributed to the Cuban State in 2014
Extrajudicial Killings: 6
Hunger Strike: 2
Denial of medical care: 10
Suicide / Alleged Suicide: 3
Accident in prison: 1
Exit attempts: 22
*Exit attempts – of undetermined attribution: 4
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Deaths Reported in 2007
Manuel Valdés Tamayo, age 50, January 10, 2007.
Lázaro Baró Montalvo, age 27, January 2007.
Jeile Rodríguez Aguilar, age 19, January 25, 2007.
Rangel Enrique Pons, age 34, March 20, 2007.
Alexis Gómez Pérez, age 32, March 28, 2007.
Manuel Acosta Larena, age 47, June 24, 2007.
Cecilio Echevarría Hernández, Age 54, July 22, 2007
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