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Posted July 31, 2003 by publisher in Cuba Human Rights

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The State Department says it is deeply concerned about the failing health of jailed Cuban economist Marta Beatriz Roque. She is serving a 20-year sentence in Havana for dissident activities.

Spokesman Richard Boucher said in a statement Tuesday that Ms. Roque’s health has deteriorated since she was jailed in April. Mr. Boucher says that according to family members, Ms. Roque has now been taken to a military hospital for treatment of high blood pressure, chest pains and nose bleeds.

The spokesman also says the Cuban government should provide Ms. Roque with the best possible medical treatment and immediately release her and 74 other political prisoners. He went on to say that they are being held in inhumane conditions.

Ms. Roque is a 57-year-old independent economist and head of the Assembly to Promote Civil Society. Created in October 2002, the umbrella organization of dissident groups has called for democracy and greater freedom in Cuba.

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