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Rare, unpublished photo of Raul & Mariela Castro

Rare, unpublished photo of Raul & Mariela Castro
June 5th, 2012
09:52 AM ET

Watch the first part of the interview online now: http://on.cnn.com/KBjndo On Tuesday Christiane presents the the second part of her interview with Mariela Castro on CNN International. The niece of Fidel Castro and daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro, discusses Cuba's political future and her fight for acceptance of gays in that country.

 

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    MIAMI HERALD: UN panel blasts Cuba on human rights abuses – THE U.N. called Friday for an independent body to gather, investigate and report on complaints of human rights abuses in Cuba – By Juan O. Tamayo

    The U.N.’s Committee Against Torture hammered Cuba on Friday for a lengthy string of human rights abuses and repeatedly complained the island had provided few or none of the details about specific allegations of abuses that it had requested.
    The panel noted that it was “concerned by reports denouncing the use of coercive methods during (police) interrogations, particularly the denial of sleep, detention under conditions of isolation and exposure to sudden changes in temperatures.”

    On Cuba’s prisons, it wrote that it “continues to be supremely concerned by the reports received about the … overcrowding, malnutrition, lack of hygiene and healthy conditions (and) adequate medical attention.”

    Cuba should establish an independent body to gather, investigate and report on allegations of government abuses, and should meet its promise to allow a visit by the U.N.’s top official on several types of mistreatments, the committee noted in a 6,000-word report.

    The report summed up the panel’s conclusions after its May 22-23 hearings in Switzerland on Cuba’s compliance with the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. Marked “unedited,” it was issued by the U.N. media office in Geneva.

    But the report Friday amounted to a harsh and detailed indictment of Cuba’s human rights record, especially in areas that involve physical punishments or abuses, such as the justice and prison systems and the harassment of dissidents.

    Cuba’s own report on its compliance with the convention on torture, presented to the panel in May, was more than nine years late and “does not fully meet the guidelines” set by the panel, it noted. The 10-member committee reviews countries’ records on a rotating basis.

    In a sharply worded section, the report urged Cuba “to investigate, without delay, exhaustively, without bias and in an efficient way, all deaths of prisoners.” Cuba told the panel that prison officials were not responsible for any of the 202 such deaths in 2010-2011, but gave no further information.

    The report also blasted Cuba for the rapid increase in the use of short-term arrests of dissidents without any judicial orders, usually to keep opposition activists away from activities. Cuban officials told the panel last month that all detentions follow due process.

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    http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/06/02/2828219/un-panel-blasts-cuba-on-human.html

    June 6, 2012 at 12:56 am | Reply
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    ALAN GROSS WAS "PLUCKED" FROM THE REST OF THE TOURISTS BECAUSE HE WAS IDENTIFIED AS A POSSIBLE HOSTAGE TO TRADE FOR THE CUBAN 5 SPIES DUE TO HIS WORK WITH USAID! HE HAD A RECEIPT FOR WHAT HE BROUGHT IN AND THAT FACT CAME OUT IN THE TRIAL! THIS WAS SOMETHING THE CASTROFASCISTS WERE NOT PREPARED FOR! THAT IS THE REASON THEY CHANGED HIS CHARGES FROM BRINGING IN A "SATELLITE" PHONE TO "CRIMES AGAINST THE STATE"!! MR. GROSS DOES NOT SPEAK SPANISH! SOME SPY! AN IF THE CASE WAS SUCH A "SLAM DUNK" WHY WAS THE INTERNATIONAL PRESS BARRED FROM HIS TRIAL AND THE SUBSEQUENT APPEALS? JUST ASK YOURSELF THAT SIMPLE QUESTION!

    SAN DIEGO CHANNEL 10 : With American In Cuban Prison, Wife Hopes For Clemency- Alan Gross Convicted Of Trying To Subvert Cuban Gov't – From Jill Dougherty,CNN Foreign Affairs Correspondent

    "The equipment is illegal in Cuba without government permission, but a source close to the case told CNN that "at trial, the defense presented a receipt from Cuban Customs to demonstrate the Cubans were both aware of and approved what Alan brought in.""
    http://www.10news.com/news/29066339/detail.html

    CBS NEWS: Cuban Jewish leader knew imprisoned American-First member of Cuba's small Jewish community admits knowing and talking to American Alan Gross, imprisoned for allegedly smuggling illegal satellite communication devices-By Portia Siegelbaum

    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/02/24/501364/main20036259.shtml
    NPR : In Cuba, Jailed American Alan Gross Faces Trial

    BLOCK: Now, foreign journalists, I understand, are not allowed into the courtroom to cover the trial. You were outside the courthouse today. What were you able to learn there?

    MIROFF: That's right. He's being tried in a small municipal courthouse far away from the city center.

    http://www.npr.org/2011/03/04/134272743/In-Cuba-Jailed-American-Faces-Trial

    June 6, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Reply
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    A whole page devoted to promoting a bloody, tyrannical dictatorship.
    It is no wonder I no longer watch CNN, it is no wonder the majority of Americans no longer watch either as your ratings are on a tailspin.
    Unfortunately the respect I held for Christiane Amanpour has gone the way of your ratings, down the toilet.
    Objectivity obviously does not exist in your vocabulary, I hope GRP's Make Goods still do.

    June 7, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Reply
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