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Cuba releases 53 political prisoners
January 12, 2015
Cuba has released 53 political prisoners as part of last month's historic agreement between US and Cuba, US officials said Monday. The release of the prisoners, primarily opposition figures, was a condition of the policy changes that seek to assuage relations between the two countries after decades....... [more]

Cuba rights group reports record number of dissident detentions
January 6, 2015
The Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCHRN) reported on Monday that the Cuban government detained 8,899 dissidents and activists in 2014. These detentions mark a significant increase from previous years—2,000 more than in 2013 and four times the number in 2010. Det....... [more]

Obama announces Cuba policy changes
December 17, 2014
US President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced policy changes to the US-Cuba relationship. Obama has directed Secretary of State John Kerry to reestablish diplomatic relations and to review Cuba?s designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism. He also announced "steps to increase travel, comme....... [more]

BNP Paribas to pay almost $9 billion in US penalties
July 2, 2014
BNP Paribas (BNPP) pleaded guilty on Monday to criminal charges of violating US sanctions and will pay a penalty of almost $9 billion. The French bank has been under investigation for violating US money laundering laws by helping clients from Iran, Sudan and Cuba dodge US economic sanctions. The wor....... [more]

Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia agree to truth commission
June 8, 2014
Colombia's government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) on Sunday agreed to create a truth commission to investigate the deaths of thousands of people in the last five decades of the country's conflict. During negotiations in Havana, Cuba, the government and FARC agreed to recogn....... [more]

Cuba legislature approves law to attract foreign investment
March 30, 2014
Cuba's National Assembly approved a law on Saturday that provides tax breaks and other incentives to attract foreign investors to grow business in the communist economy of Cuba. The Assembly voted unanimously in a special session to approve the law, which becomes valid within the next 90 days. The n....... [more]

US, rights groups condemn Cuba dissident detentions
January 29, 2014
The US State Department, Amnesty International (AI) and Human Rights Watch (HRW) joined Tuesday to condemn the Cuban government's detentions of dissidents to keep them away from a Havana summit of hemispheric leaders. According to rights activists in Havana, an estimated 100 pro-democracy activists....... [more]

UN General Assembly elects states to serve on Human Rights Council
November 13, 2013
The UN General Assembly (UNGA) on Tuesday elected 14 countries to a three-year term on the Human Rights Council (UNHRC) beginning January 1. The assembly chose Algeria, China, Cuba, France Maldives, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Viet....... [more]

Rights group urges Cuba to release 'prisoners of conscience'
August 5, 2013
Amnesty International (AI) on Monday called for Cuba to release five prisoners whom the group has called "prisoners of conscience." AI reported that the five prisoners are indicative of the continuing repression of speech that exists in the country. Cuba denies holding political prisoners and has re....... [more]

AI: US interference with Snowden asylum violates human rights
July 3, 2013
Amnesty International (AI) on Tuesday said that US authorities' efforts to thwart Edward Snowden's attempts to seek asylum amount to serious human rights violations. According to Wikileaks, a whistleblower website, Snowden submitted asylum applications to a host of countries, including Ecuador, Chi....... [more]

Federal appeals court blocks Florida law barring contracts with Cuba, Syria businesses
May 7, 2013
The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on Monday upheld a lower court ruling blocking enforcement of a Florida law that denies government contracts to companies that do business in Cuba or Syria. The law was challenged last year by Odebrecht Construction, a Brazilian company that would be....... [more]


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