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Amnesty International Awakens
Thursday, August 11, 2005 By: Juan Paxety
Recognizes no dissent allowed in Cuba
Amnesty International is expressing its concern over the recent arrests of dissidents in Cuba. The organization has come under some criticism for failing to protest the recent actions of fidel castro's government. Now it's released a statement entitles "Cuba: No dissent allowed"
Fifteen people remain in detention following a recent government crackdown on dissidence on 13 and 22 July. Amnesty International is concerned that they may be subjected to harsh or disproportionate prison sentences solely for exercising their right to freedom of expression, association and assembly.
On 13 and 22 July, the Cuban authorities reportedly detained more than 50 people, including journalists and political activists who were organizing or participating in demonstrations.
In the statement, AI recognizes that Cuban authorities suppress any form of dissent. It goes on to call for:
Amnesty International calls on the Cuban authorities:
- to release all prisoners of conscience;
- to bring charges against those still in detention or release them;
- to ensure that they are given a fair trial in compliance with international standards;
- to refrain from the use of criminal law in such a way as to stifle criticism of state authorities or government policies, or to intimidate those who voice peaceful dissent;
- to ensure that peaceful demonstrators are not imprisoned and harassed simply for exercising their right to freedom of expression, assembly and association;
- to reform laws, regulations and administrative practices relating to freedom of expression, association and assembly in accordance with international standards.
One more little chip in fidel's foundation that will lead to his downfall.