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Cuban diplomats, pictured protesting at the United Nations, demanded an end to the "blockade of Cuba."

Cuban ‘Diplomat’ Mob Shouts Down U.N. Meeting on Political Prisoners

The Cuban delegation to the United Nations interrupted a meeting on the island’s ongoing imprisonment of political dissidents on Tuesday by shouting insults over the speakers, calling the head of the Organization of American States (OAS) a “puppet” of the United States and refusing to let participants express themselves.

Ladies in White, a women's dissident group that calls for the release of political prisoners, begin their weekly march in Havana, Cuba, Sunday, March 20, 2016. U.S. President Barack Obama arrives Sunday afternoon for a three-day visit to Cuba, the first visit by a U.S. president to the island in …

Cuba: Over Half of Dissidents Violently Arrested in September Were Women

A monthly report tracking politically motivated arrests in Cuba published this week revealed that over half the victims of these arrests, most members of pro-democracy dissident groups, were women, an indication the communist regime is systematically targeting women for repression.

Cuban dissident, leader of the Human Rights organization Ladies in White, Berta Soler, speaks during a interview in Havana, on November 27, 2016, two days after the death of Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro.

Cuba: Video Shows Brutal Arrest of Pro-Democracy Ladies in White

Cuban dissidents published a video Sunday showing the head of Cuba’s pro-democracy Ladies in White group, Berta Soler, being assaulted and dragged away by state security for holding up a sign reading “Revolution is Repression.”

Members of the Cuban Human Rights group Ladies in White make an 'L' (of liberation) with their fingers as they march along the 5th Avenue in Havana, on November 7, 2010. The march demanded Cuban President Raul Castro to complete the liberation of 52 political prisoners, which deadline was today. …

Trump Administration Invites Cuban Dissidents to 4th of July Party at Havana Embassy

The U.S. embassy in Cuba, operating only on essential staff since the State Department confirmed more than two dozen diplomats and their families suffered health attacks of unknown origin there, hosted some of the country’s most prominent anti-communist dissidents for a Fourth of July celebration Thursday.

Members of the 'Ladies in White' dissident group march in Havana, March 20, 2016. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

State Department Report Highlights Repression of Christians in Cuba

The U.S. State Department has revealed persistent persecution of Christians in Cuba in its 2016 religious freedom report released Tuesday, highlighting actions to suppress Christian dissident group the Ladies in White in particular and the use of state bureaucracy to prevent the spread of the faith.

Cuban dissident, leader of the Human Rights organization Ladies in White, Berta Soler, speaks during a interview in Havana, on November 27, 2016, two days after the death of Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro.

Cuba Bans Dissident Leader from Attending Trump Miami Speech

The government of Cuba has banned one of the country’s most high-profile anti-communist dissidents, Ladies in White coordinator Berta Soler, from traveling to Florida to attend President Donald Trump’s national address on America’s policy toward the island prison.

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Cuba: 50 Ladies in White Arrested After Communist Mob Stones HQ

The Cuban anti-Communist group Ladies in White reports at least 50 of its members were arrested this weekend following a mob attack on their headquarters in Havana, in which the dissidents were forced to hide as the mob hurled large stones into the building.

Passengers wait in line to check in for United Flight 1502 for the first direct passenger flight from Newark Liberty International Airport to Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, in Newark, N.J. Commercial flights between the United States and Cuba resumed several months ago as relations between the two countries …

Airlines Forced to Cut Trips to Cuba Because Americans Don’t Want to Go

President Barack Obama’s concessions to Cuba opened the way for U.S. airlines to do business with the communist dictatorship. After announcing frequent flights to the island over a year ago, however, many major airlines have found the demand they expected from U.S. tourists simply is not there.

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Cuba: Imprisoned Artist ‘Badly Beaten’ During Asthma Attack for Anti-Castro Graffiti

Following his arrest Friday night, Cuban anti-communist graffiti artist Danilo Maldonado has received severe beating in prison, where he is being detained on no charges. Maldonado took to the streets of Havana Friday to celebrate the death of dictator Fidel Castro, spray-painting the phrase “he’s gone” on the outside of a building.

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Five Cuban Dissidents to Watch in the Post-Fidel Era

Fidel Castro, the dictator who used firing squads, labor camps, beatings, torture, and hunger to oppress his people for more than half a century, died Friday night at the age of 90. His demise – though his brother, Raúl, remains in power – has led many to ask what the future holds for Cuba’s anti-communist dissident community.

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Cuba Arrested Nearly 500 Political Dissidents During Obama Visit

“These sorts of visits bring a lot of collateral damage,” Cuban pro-democracy activist Marta Beatriz Roque lamented in anticipation of President Barack Obama’s trip to the island. With the visit complete, new data has emerged clarifying exactly how much collateral damage. 498 arrests occurred during President Obama’s visit, adding to a total of 1416 in March.

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Meet the Half-Blind Cuban Dissident Arrested Live on ESPN

The Cuban government exerted extraordinary efforts this week to keep pro-democracy activists out of sight of international media. They failed, with one dissident demanding freedom for prisoners of conscience live on ESPN. That dissident: Yasser Rivero Boni, a political prisoner himself and the son of a member of the Ladies in White movement.

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Obama Meets with Anti-Castro, Anti-Obama Cuban Dissidents

The White House has released a list of Cuban political dissidents attending a closed meeting with President Barack Obama Tuesday morning, many who have been arrested multiple times shortly before and during the Obamas’ visit, and many who have had harsh words for his “normalization” plan for Cuba.