Human Rights in Cuba (or Lack Thereof..)
Human rights in Cuba are under the scrutiny of human rights organizations, who accuse the Cuban government of systematic human rights abuses, including arbitrary imprisonment and unfair trials. International human rights organizations such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have drawn attention to the actions of the human rights movement and designated members of it as prisoners of conscience, such as Óscar Elías Biscet. In addition, the International Committee for Democracy in Cuba led by former heads of state Václav Havel of the Czech Republic, José María Aznar of Spain and Patricio Aylwin of Chile was created to support the civic movement.
Several gay rights activists have been arrested after clashing with police at an unauthorized pride march in Cuba’s capital, Havana.
Several gay rights activists have been arrested after clashing with police at an unauthorized pride march in Cuba’s capital, Havana. Saturday’s event followed the unexpected cancellation by Cuban two-faced policies and laws.
Saturday’s event followed the unexpected cancellation by the communist authorities of the country’s 12th annual march against homophobia.
Activists condemned the move and then organized their own demonstration, largely through social media.
Marching in Cuba without permission can be met with a strong police response. On Saturday, more than 100 demonstrators took to the streets of the capital. Some said they were subjected to violence after they were stopped by plainclothes security officers.
After setting out on Havana’s Paseo del Prado, one of the city’s main boulevards, the marchers came up against many police and state security forces.
At least three activists participating in the gay parade in Havana were detained.
Havana’s annual gay pride march is an important event for the island’s gay and lesbian community, which spent decades in the shadows and under persecution, says the BBC’s Cuba correspondent Will Grant.
As such, our correspondent adds, the decision by the government to cancel this year’s event was met with disbelief by many of those who had intended to participate.
Last week, the state-run National Center for Sex Education said the official Cuban Conga against Homophobia and Trans-phobia march was cancelled because of “new tensions in the international and regional context”.
In response, activists set up Facebook groups calling for a gathering in the capital on Saturday afternoon.
- Allegedly, Cuban officials have represented ( but if we’ve learned anything about Communist propaganda the truth is always the opposite.)
“Cuba holds events around this time every year ahead of the International Day Against Homophobia on 17 May. Other official events celebrating LGBT rights in the country will reportedly be going ahead as planned. Discrimination due to someone’s sex or gender is illegal in Cuba.”
However, in this example we continue to see and hear the opposite message. Cuban communist propaganda never ceases to fail in keeping the world in the dark about the real truths regarding Cuba’s wanton human-rights violations and their disregard for freedom in every way or definition of the word.