CubaBrief: The Spirit of Yara and Cuba's last legitimately elected President

Today, a brutal sixty year old totalitarian dictatorship organized a farce that it called an election to attempt to legitimize its continued totalitarian rule. This is the latest rebranding of the Castro regime by shuffling titles that mean little with regards to the exercise of power. Despite all the misinformation in the press, Raul Castro remains in charge of the country as head of the Cuban Communist Party.

CubaBrief: Venezuela's rights violations condemned at the UNHRC and a fact finding mission called for, but wider context needs to be addressed

Good news today from Geneva. After years of advocacy by non-governmental organizations for the UN Human Rights Council to condemn human rights violations in Venezuela and establish an independent commission of Inquiry, the international rights body by a vote of 19 in favor, 7 against, and 21 abstentions earlier this afternoon strongly condemned human rights violations in Venezuela and called for the creation of a fact-finding mission to investigate human rights violations and crimes against humanity that are taking place in Venezuela.

CubaBrief: United States holds the Castro regime to account and imposes travel sanctions on Raul Castro and his family

The decision by the United States today to impose travel sanctions on Raul Castro and his progeny is targeted and holds the dictator, and the family members benefiting from his rule accountable. Matt Spetalnick, in his Reuters article, "U.S. issues travel ban for Cuba's Castro over human rights accusations, support for Venezuela's Maduro," calls it "symbolic," but if strictly applied so that regime elites are unable to go on shopping sprees in the United States it will have a real impact. It finally breaks the bubble of impunity that they have too often enjoyed.

CubaBrief: IACHR hearing on "Serious Human Rights Violations in Cuba"

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) on Monday, September 23rd at 9:00am held a hearing titled "Serious Human Rights Violations in Cuba" that highlighted the persecution of journalists and human rights activists by the Castro regime. This was the first hearing of the 173rd Period of Sessions of the IACHR.

CubaBrief: Prisoners of conscience in Cuba are a six decade outrage that must be strongly denounced

Over the past sixty years the international community has become accustomed to the systemic injustices perpetrated by the Castro dictatorship. During these past six decades there have been prisoners of conscience and political prisoners in Cuba. Between 1959 and 1988 no international organizations were allowed to visit prisons in Cuba. This included the International Committee of the Red Cross.

CubaBrief: Weaponizing Justice - Rule of Law and Cuba's New Constitution

The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights released a report Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 9:30-11:00 at an event co-hosted with the Inter-American Dialogue titled "Weaponizing Justice - Rule of Law and Cuba's New Constitution." The report is an important analysis of the justice system in Cuba that exposes the systematic denial of human rights within the Castro regime.