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‘Prison or exile’: HRW documents human rights violations in Cuba

The Cuban government committed human rights violations in its repression of recent protests sparked by economic hardships, says NGO Human Rights Watch

‘Prison or exile’: HRW documents human rights violations in Cuba
Cuban authorities have cracked down on 2021 protesters to deter future demonstrations. Photo: Fernando Medina/Shutterstock

The government in Cuba “committed systematic human rights violations” in response to massive July 2021 protests against deteriorating economic conditions, NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW) denounced in a report released on July 11. 

It was the biggest popular revolt since the 1959 revolution. Per HRW, the government unleashed a brutal crackdown on protesters — including cases of arbitrary detention, abuse-ridden prosecutions, and even torture — in order to deter future demonstrations.

Cuban NGO Cubalex reports that one protester has been killed and more than 1,400 have been arrested by local authorities since July of last year. In most cases,...

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