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Venezuelan security forces are seen at the entrance of the intelligence service's Helicoide center in Caracas after opposition figures took control of a part of it

Venezuela Blocks Families from Visiting Political Prisoners After Non-Violent Revolt

The mothers and wives of political prisoners held in Venezuela’s Helicoide, a building designed as a shopping mall that now houses dozens of the nation’s prisoners of conscience, said late Sunday they were denied visiting rights that day and have heard nothing of their loved ones since a protest forced the transfer of dozens out of the facility.

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British Mother Imprisoned In Iran Could be Out in Weeks

LONDON (AFP) – British-Iranian citizen Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who is serving a five-year jail sentence in Tehran for alleged sedition, could be due for early release and possibly home for Christmas, her husband said Thursday.

A Cuban inmate remains in his cell at the maximum security 'Combinado del Este' prison, in Havana, on April 9, 2013. Cuban authorities organized a visit for the international media --the only one in the last nine years-- to the biggest prison in Cuba, to show the press the prison …

Anti-Castro Dissidents: Cuban Regime Using ‘Electroshock’ on Political Prisoners

The totalitarian communist regime in Cuba continues to carry out human rights abuses and atrocities against the opposition, including “electroshock torture” on political prisoners for daring to speak out against the regime, revealed Luís Zúñiga, an anti-Castro dissident who spent 19 years behind bars.

A Cuban inmate remains in his cell at the maximum security 'Combinado del Este' prison, in Havana, on April 9, 2013. Cuban authorities organized a visit for the international media --the only one in the last nine years-- to the biggest prison in Cuba, to show the press the prison …

Cuban Ex-Political Prisoner Described Acoustic Torture Resembling Attacks on U.S. Diplomats

In testimony published Thursday, Luís Zúñiga – a Cuban dissident who spent 19 years in political prison – detailed his experience seeing the use of “acoustic attacks” on political prisoners to damage their brains and ultimately kill them. His testimony described a tool that resembled theories of how some U.S. diplomats may have been severely injured by sonic devices in Havana.

TOPSHOT - Jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez's wife Lilian Tintori (C) and mother Antonieta Mendoza de Lopez (L) are stopped by the National Guard 500 metres from the entrance to the Ramo Verde penitentiary in Los Teques, 30 km east of Caracas, where Lopez is imprisoned, on April 28, 2017. …

Wife: Venezuelan Political Prisoner Leopoldo Lopez Proof of Life Video Is ‘False’

Lilian Tintori, wife of imprisoned Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López, rejected a bizarre “proof of life” video of a man alleging to be her husband published by Venezuelan socialist state television following rumors surfacing Thursday he had been taken to a military hospital in “very serious” condition.

TOPSHOT - Inmates that are to appear in court for their trial are rounded up at the Quezon City Jail in Manila in this picture taken on July 29, 2016. There are 3,800 inmates at the jail, which was built six decades ago to house 800, and they engage in …

Cuba Responds to Vatican Appeal by Releasing Zero Political Prisoners

The communist regime of Cuba, in an apparent attempt to curry international favor, has announced it will pardon 787 common criminals in response to Pope Francis’s call for mercy towards the imprisoned. There is no indication any of these are prisoners of conscience, as Havana officially denies the existence of political prisoners.


Study: China Harvesting Organs from Tens of Thousands of Political Prisoners Annually

Human rights researchers have published an updated study accusing China of conducting tens of thousands of organ transplants using the bodies of political prisoners without their consent. While the practice has been known to occur in the communist nation for decades, Beijing alleges that it long stopped harvesting organs from prisoners of conscience.

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Report: Cuba Makes Millions Selling Blood from Cubans Without Consent

An extensive report published at the Cuba Archive Truth and Memory Project and flagged by the Cuban-American interest site Babalú Blog exposes the Cuban communist government’s decades-long scheme of profiting from blood and plasma-based products taken from unknowing or unwilling “donors.”

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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.

PANAMA, Panama City : Cuba's supporters shout slogans outside the hotel where a press conference of Cuban dissidents took place in Panama on April 8, 2015, days before the opening of the VII Summit of the Americas which starts next April 10 and 11, in Panama City. AFP PHOTO / …

Cuba: Communists Burn Copies of U.N. Human Rights Declaration Before Dissident HQ

Cuban anti-communist dissidents have denounced communist agents – many, they say, Cuban soldiers disguised as civilians – for attacking the headquarters of the Ladies in White group, setting a fire in front of the building, and burning copies of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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Cuba’s War on Christianity: Evangelical Church Demolished Overnight

The pastor of an underground Evangelical church in Camagüey, Cuba, has denounced the communist government for leveling the building in which he holds religious services as a warning to others that openly practicing Christianity on the island will result in government persecution.


Report: Cuba Force-Feeds Dissident, Ending 80+ Day Hunger Strike

The Cuban government has begun feeding political prisoner Vladimir Morera Bacallao “against his will,” his wife says, more than 80 days since he began a hunger strike protesting his arrest for hanging an anti-communist sign on his window.


As Obama Eyes Cuba Trip, Dissident Fights to Survive Day 87 of Hunger Strike

As the White House begins to hint that President Barack Obama would like to visit Cuba before his term is over, a political prisoner freed and re-arrested due to the U.S.-Cuba “normalization” deal has lost cognitive functions as he struggles to survive his 87th day on a hunger strike.


Catholic Bishop Accuses Cuba of Holding Political Prisoners

The bishop in charge of the pastoral care of prison inmates in Cuba declared Wednesday that Cuba is holding a number of political prisoners on the island, some of whom are serving long sentences, a claim that Havana has repeatedly denied.


Israeli Imprisoned As Spy In Egypt Freed After 15 Years

An Israeli citizen jailed for 15 years in Egypt on charges of spying was freed from prison on Thursday, the Prime Minister’s Office said. Ouda Tarabin, a Bedouin from Rahat, who has denied all the allegations against him, was returned