Thursday, July 01, 2010

Restrictions to freedom of expression create climate of fear in Cuba

Amnesty International, June 30, 2010

Cuba has tried to justify its failure to protect human rights by   blaming the US embargo

Cuba has tried to justify its failure to protect human rights by blaming the US embargo

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Cuba’s repressive legal system has created a climate of fear among journalists, dissidents and activists, putting them at risk of arbitrary arrest and harassment by the authorities, Amnesty International said in a report released on Wednesday.

The report Restrictions on Freedom of Expression in Cuba highlights provisions in the legal system and government practices that restrict information provided to the media and which have been used to detain and prosecute hundreds of critics of the government.

“The laws are so vague that almost any act of dissent can be deemed criminal in some way, making it very difficult for activists to speak out against the government. There is an urgent need for reform to make all human rights a reality for all Cubans,” said Kerrie Howard, Deputy Americas Director at Amnesty International.

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