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Posted August 12, 2009 by publisher in Oswaldo Paya

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This message was received from Oswaldo Payá in Havana , Cuba on August 11.
Prisoners confined in the provincial prison of Las Tunas informed us via telephone of the grave situation of Alfredo Domínguez Batista and José Daniel Ferrer, who last week, declared themselves on a hunger strike to protest abuses against them by the State Security and prison guards. 

José Daniel Ferrer has been confined to a cell where he must sleep on the floor and where rats constantly appear out of the hole that serves as his bathroom.  It is difficult to imagine a cell with crueler conditions.

Alfredo Domínguez was sent to a Dantesque place of punishment, known as “Potosí,” far away from the prison.  He was confined, without clothes, in another cage called the “punishment cell,” where mosquitoes devour him as he has no way to protect himself.

This torturous regimen is destroying these peaceful prisoners, who are organizers of the Varela Project.  The executioners of the Las Tunas prison deliberately provoked these prisoners with taunts and tricks about visits, including lying to their families when they came to the prison to ask about them.

It is urgent that governments and institutions around the world, including Amnesty International, protest and take action to stop this situation of torture and systematic ruthless treatment against these prisoners.  While the minutes go by, they suffer horribly in both body and mind from the inhumane conditions to which the government of Cuba subjects them.
Oswaldo José Payá Sardiñas

Coordinator of the Christian Liberation Movement

Francisco De Armas .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
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Carlos Payá .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
International Representatives, Christian Liberation Movement

  1. Follow up post #1 added on August 14, 2009 by bernie

    Wake up Jose???  and put a cover over that hole, that you use as a

  2. Follow up post #2 added on August 18, 2009 by MiamiCuban

    Somehow I doubt the veracity of the report.  I think it’s just propaganda.  It doesn’t seem logical to me that the Cuban government would treat these people as described above, when Cuba would stand nothing to gain yet everything to lose.  Also, I’m always wary of the intentions of groups who incorporate the word “Christian” in their movement.

  3. Follow up post #3 added on August 20, 2009 by Sandalio Jure

    Cuba is a country which is constantly fighting for human rights at the UN.  There are many Cubans that would say anything to makethe world believe Cuba should change its Socialist Principles.  Some one makes a call or emails a complaint about the Cuban Inhumane treatment of prisoners or its population and it becomes front page news on American Spanish Media.  I am not sayipng that cuba is a saint, but if we compare statistically speaking The Human rights violations complaints inside US(Racilst Police violence, housing Segregation. The iliteracy in the public school systems, Lack. of health care, Social Security going bankrupt in 2017,etc. and statistically compare it to cuba’s human rights violation complaints we find out that with the resources cuba has since 1959 Who has progressed more? US is bankrupt now.  Cuba has always been in a recession even depression.  Yet, Cuba has documented evidence on every decisilon Taken locally, provincially and nationally, economically, educationally and medically regardless od the embargo Cuba has shown progress and equality to its citizens.

  4. Follow up post #4 added on August 21, 2009 by manfredz with 464 total posts

    Sandalio ... I think the valdity of your points can best be tested by asking Americans if they’d like to live in Cuba as it is and Cubans if they’d like to lie in America as it is and comparing the results.

  5. Follow up post #5 added on August 21, 2009 by sandalio

    Thi-is is totally im;possible6 alnd non=negotiable Cuba and beli-eve me I_anotiher revo=luti-o=no for the top 1% of the Cuban american population telling C.UBA what to do in the name of democracy thrhoug hstory has never and will never worrk(based on capitalism) too much corruption and the people do noot take part in community issues affecting their neighborhoods.  I lived here since 1973 and until today I have compared my family in cuba and here and if you ,are rich here ok. but if not you are just another deficit to society.  Latin American will always be foreigners in USA regardless .of their US citizenship This is an Anglo Nation.  The Solution i-s sim;ple US Mili-tary personnel and CIA, DEA out of Mexico and Latiln America you are tresspassing We can think and have the resources to feed and run Latin America without American intervention.  wHE AS lATIN aMERICANS ARE FREER THERE WITHOUT YOU PAYING OFF GOVERNMENTS(DEMOCRACIES)

  6. Follow up post #6 added on August 21, 2009 by MiamiCuban

    The problem is that if 6 billion people wanted to live the lavish lifestyle of Americans, we’d realize very quickly that it’s just not economically sustainable.  The planet can only give so much before the imbalance gives way to the environmental disasters we’re facing now and will continue to face in the future if we don’t find a simpler way to live (yes, it means doing without many of the luxuries we currently have).  Capitalism feeds on excessive consumption—-it simply cannot survive without it.  But with unemployment on the rise and less money being spent on goods and services, well, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see where it’s all going to end.  Asking whether someone prefers to live in Cuba or in the U.S. is like asking a child whether he wants candy or a carrot stick.  The child will go for the candy because he doesn’t understand the word “repercussions.”  It’s not about what’s satisfying in the moment—-it’s about what’s best in the long run and what’s necessary.

  7. Follow up post #7 added on August 27, 2009 by Cubana with 282 total posts

    Latest comment on the craven attitude of the UN and the OAS from Oswaldo. What’s the point of having a UN Declaration of Human Rights if the UN stays silent about such abuses?

    Dissident slams U.N. and OAS for silence on torture in Cuba

    Catholic News Agency

    Havana, Cuba, Aug 26, 2009 / 03:30 pm (CNA).- The leader of the Christian Liberation Movement in Cuba, Oswaldo Paya, criticized the United Nations and the Organization of American States this week for responding with silence to the open letter he sent denouncing the torture that prisoners of conscience are being subjected to in Cuban jails.
    “We have already denounced this situation [of torture] in a public letter addressed to the president of the United Nations General Assembly, Mr. Miguel Descoto, and the secretary general of the Organization of American States, and the response we received was just silence,” Paya said.
    In a statement, Paya referred to the cases of Antonio Diaz and Rolando Jimenez, both being held in inhumane conditions, one at the Canaletas Prison and the other at the Guayabo Prison, for their promotion of the Varela Project. The project agitates for the rights of all Cubans in the face of the Castro regime’s oppression.
    “This duel between the jailers, the State security and the government on one side and the prisoners of conscience on the other is disproportionate and abusive, since the former has all of the powerful resources and cowardly metes out cruel treatment.” “The prisoners are at a total physical disadvantage in the face of such sadism,” Paya said.
    He called on “Amnesty International, Justice and Peace and the U.N. Human Rights Commission, and on all people and institutions to urgently defend the dignity and lives of Antonio Diaz and Rolando Jimenez and of all prisoners of conscience in the jails of Cuba.”
    Paya called the Communist government’s cruel treatment a sign of its “powerlessness and cowardice” against those who, with great courage and faith, refuse to give in, “because their cause is the defense of the rights of Cubans.”

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