Cuba Politics

Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation update

Posted February 13, 2006 by publisher in Cuba Politics.


The Cuban government is resorting more to mob action to stifle dissent and at levels of violence unseen for years, the Communist-run country’s main human rights organization said on Thursday.

The illegal but tolerated Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation said that on 24 different occasions in January groups of government supporters harassed dissidents.

Five were physically assaulted and five government opponents’ homes were searched, the commission said.

“The government has unleashed a major operation against its opponents,” a report issued by the organization said, adding incidents had taken place in eight of 14 provinces.

“Particularly worrisome is the level of physical and verbal violence used by individuals mobilized by the government in these actions, unprecedented in recent years,” the commission said.

The report described an incident where an angry mob surrounded the home of a blind dissident in central Cuba, another where a government opponent’s home in Havana was defaced with paint and another where a dissident was hit with iron bars in the eastern part of the country.

President Fidel Castro routinely charges Cuban dissidents are mercenaries and agents of the United States out to end the revolution that swept him to power in 1959.

The government denies it resorts to physical abuse of opponents.

Castro, in a major speech in 2005, warned Cubans would respond with “patriotic fervor” every time dissidents “overstep by a millimeter ... what the people are willing to tolerate.”

Human Rights Commission President Elizardo Sanchez said the government had opted for a strategy of intimidation to quell rising discontent over the country’s economic malaise.

“Popular discontent across the country appears unstoppable. The state is aware of the social unrest and is responding in this way,” the veteran opposition activist said.

The commission report compares the mob actions to those carried out by the Nazis against the Jews, echoing a recent statement by the top U.S. diplomat in Havana, Michael Parmly.

The commission said in January there were 333 political prisoners on the island and that 57 people were detained during the year for political reasons.

Amnesty International says Cuba has 80 prisoners of conscience, more than any other country in the Western Hemisphere.

Member Comments

On February 13, 2006, publisher wrote:

Also known as the Comisión Cubana de Derechos Humanos y Reconciliación Nacional, CCDHRN. I do not know much about them. Why would Amnesty International only claim 80 prisoners of conscience.

While I think that even one prisoner of conscience is too many, is 80 unreasonable for a country of 11 million?

How many “prisoners of conscience” are held in the US?

On February 14, 2006, Curt Bender wrote:

What happens to Cuban Americans in Miami who favor dialogue with the Cuban government? Same thing except some have been killed for expressing their beliefs. Repression happens on this side of the Florida straits as well.


On February 15, 2006, YoungUrbanCuban wrote:

Or China for that matter,much more held over there.

On February 26, 2006, Ralph wrote:

It is a disgrace that the cuban authorities behave so nasty.By stifling dissidents,they don’t overshadow the genuine and legitime cuban dissidence.
Today or tomorrow they have to accept the fact that all the cubans don’t think
in the way the government wants they do.Cuban people are beyond the picture than gramma exposes,there are there too much bitterness.

On July 05, 2007, Han Ng wrote:

The only human rights abuses in Cuba are taking place in Guantanamo Bay.

On July 05, 2007, Juan Carlos suarez Rodriguez wrote:

I agree with Han about the violation of Human Rights in Guantanamo Bay…I spent a year In guantanamo Bay from 1994 to 1995 after I was sent there with other 32000 Cubans as a refugee who scaped from the paradise on a raft…I can not say that the treatment we had as refugees there was the same the military is giving to the prisioners they have there now, that is ovious…I like to give Han a number to play with before he or she write back…it sounds good to you to know that over 75000 Cubans have dessapeared on the ocean trying to scape the promess paradise of Mr Fidel Castro Russ…do you have any idea of how people who scape from Cuba die on the ocean beside drowning…well they get eaten by sharks or killed by Cuban autorities who make their rafts or boats sink with everyone on matter to them if there are children or not…I survived this tragedy of 1994 and saw bodies floating on the sea….while you probably was having a drink or taking the sun in one of our blood tinted beaches…shame on you for making such comments without doing your homework.

On February 18, 2009, M. Page wrote:

Does anybody know where I can get a copy of the actual report?

On February 19, 2009, paul wrote:

writing to them perhaps?

On June 30, 2009, barry wrote:

americans like michael moore unhappy with the individual freedoms and personal responsibilities that comes with being a citizen here is free to leave.
maybe they can move to cuba for the “free” health care and discover how free they’ll be to critique their new government.

On October 16, 2011, Dee wrote:

wee have seen the freedom you have in the so called land of the free..i saw the police beating the people who dare protest at the bankers in New York….freedom were   ..waken up…they is no freedom under capitalism….

On October 16, 2011, publisher wrote:

You’re right. Cuba has more freedom and the Cuban government never violates any human rights.