Cuba registers more than a thousand political prisoners, including 32 minors accused of sedition, in the last year


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Prisoners Defenders has encrypted in 1,054 political prisoners in Cuba in the last 12 months, compared to the 137 with which February 2021 began, according to data made public this Monday.

Currently, the organization has 932 convicted political prisoners verified, but has warned that this figure “is only a fraction, between 50 and 60 percent of the real figures”, whose total verification is “simply unattainable by the organization”. some”. At least 120 women are political prisoners in Cuba.

Of these 932, Prisoners Defenders has verified that 794 are prisoners of the protests of last July 11 against the Castro dictatorship. Dozens of detainees have been released in recent months, but with fines «of exacerbated amounts for Cuba», has reported.

Of the prisoners derived from the repression of the protests, Prisoners Defenders has indicated that at least 32 are children -28 boys and four girls-. Of 13 years there is one; from 15, three; 16 years old, nine; and 17 years old, twenty-one.

In addition, 50 percent, 16 boys and girls, have been charged with sedition. Prisoners Defenders has denounced that among them there are children with “impairments and mental retardation incompatible with violence and much less with sedition.”

“Cuba is shattering its signature and ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, imprisoning and destroying youth, bringing terror to families throughout the country and wildly causing irreparable pain to all those imprisoned and in their families and close friends”, lamented Prisoners Defenders.

In total, 166 verified political prisoners have been prosecuted on charges of sedition and at least 511 prisoners have already been sentenced. From them, 194 with sentences of more than ten years, 38 percent.

The organization has recognized, like every month, the other 11,000 young civilians who do not belong to opposition organizations, 8,400 of them convicted and 2,538 convicted, with average sentences of two years and ten months in prison, through “pre-criminal” sentences, that is, without any crime committed -as the Penal Code verbatim indicates in its article 76.1 for these 11,000-, when contemplating the Penal Code that they would be people prone to committing crimes in the future “because of the behavior that they observe in manifest contradiction with the norms of socialist morality.” Thus, they impose sentences of between one and four years in prison without a crime being investigated or committed.

“Acts of vandalism”, according to the regime

Prisoners Defenders has declared itself “surprised” when reading a statement issued by the Government of Cuba, where it indicates fewer cases than those made public by NGOs, a total of 790 people “instructed to charge for acts of vandalism”.

“The prosecution, a legal and technical entity in any democratic country and whose hypothetical good performance is based on precision, has issued a political statement, full of inaccuracies and ambiguous terms, in an attempt to try to limit the illimitable”» has criticized the organization .

«Why does he only give the figures of the facts of ‘greater connotation? Is it a statement from the Prosecutor’s Office or from the (Cuban Communist) Party? What is the ‘connotation’ for the Public Prosecutor’s Office?”, he asked himself, before highlighting that “nor do they speak of those under 16 years of age arrested and prosecuted, and this lack of information, the Prosecutor’s Office itself confirms, is precisely because of its ‘connotation’.

Prisoners Defenders has supported the July 11 raid since the beginning of that ‘razzia’ more than 5,000 people were arrested and more than 1,500 processed. “In addition to our sources and studies, the data, the facts and the Prosecutor’s Office itself contribute to making this assertion increasingly palpable,” he indicated.

“The regime, for now, acknowledges that it has prosecuted 115 defendants who ‘are between 16 and 20 years of age,’ and that ’55 are between 16 and 18 years of age,'” he concluded.

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