Over the weekend, GLA was informed that on Thursday, April 22, the Organization of American States (OAS)'s Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) granted precautionary measures to protect the young Cuban journalist Yoe Suárez, who has been suffering from repression and harassment for over a year. You can read more in the press release below.
THE PAIN THAT A MOTHER FEELS DOES NOT COMPARE WITH ANYTHING”- MOTHER OF ALINA LOPEZ MIYARES, U.S. CITIZEN UNLAWFULLY DETAINED IN CUBA.
Global Liberty Alliance (GLA) client, Ms. Alina Lopez Miyares, has been unlawfully detained in Cuba for four years. NBC News’ Carmen Sesin spoke with Alina’s 93-year-old mother about the case.
On Friday, March 19, the Global Liberty Alliance (GLA) filed an application for Precautionary Measures with the Organization of American States' Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), on behalf of Cuban journalist Yoe Suárez. Mr. Suárez and his family have been suffering detentions, harassment, and threats over the past year.
Read the GLA Press Release and cover letter for the filing below.
On March 9, the Organization of American States' Inter-American Commission on Human Rights issued Precautionary Measures to protect Cuban journalist and lawyer Roberto Quiñones Haces. The Global Liberty Alliance (GLA) applied for precautionary measures in April 2020, when Mr. Quiñones was in prison for journalism, and has been updating the Commission since that time. Even after his September 2020 release, Mr. Quiñones continued to suffer intimidation and harassment from Cuban officials.
Read the GLA press release and Precautionary Measure itself below.
On Friday, March 5, the youth organizer of the Association of Free Yorubas of Cuba, Dairon Hernández Pérez, was detained, beaten, and robbed by Cuban State Security and Rapid Response Brigades outside his home. He was returning from a religious event. GLA is investigating the matter. More details, including photos and video, are included at the end of this post.
In a video statement, Mr. Hernández and his mother Free Yorubas Executive Secretary Donaida Pérez Paseiro assert that he was beaten on the head, stomach, back, and legs, his religious articles were broken, and money he carried on his person was taken. State Security also threatened to run him over with a car, and to jail him for "precriminal dangerousness." In other words, repression.
The brutal attack occurred less than 2 weeks after the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) published an important Fact Sheet outlining how the Free Yorubas were victims of religious persecution. The Global Liberty Alliance has been providing information to USCIRF about this matter, and others and has urged the U.S. government to impose economic sanctions on Cuba's Religion Police, a Stasi-like entity that is part of the Communist Party and called the Office of Religious Affairs.
Today, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom released a new report on the state of the santería (also known as Yoruba) tradition in Cuba. According to USCIRF, the report “provides a brief overview of the traditions of the Santeria community in Cuba and highlights the religious freedom violations that community experiences.” The report gives evidence of religious freedom violations against the Association of Free Yorubas that the Global Liberty Alliance uncovered, thanks to the support of Cuban civil society leaders.
Journalist Roberto Quiñones Is Still in Danger, GLA Updates the INTER-AMERICAN COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS, urges action on precautionary measure
In a report filed today with the Organization of American States's Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the Global Liberty Alliance stated that Cuban journalist Roberto Quiñones suffered continued repression, harassment, threats, and surveillance by the Cuban regime, since his release from prison in September 2020.
Cuba Archive Reports to State Department on Forced Labor of Cuban Medical Workers, Cites GLA Evidence
Cuba Archive, in a recent Trafficking in Persons report to the U.S. Department of State, maintains that Cuba engages in trafficking medical professionals internationally.
The report mentions Global Liberty Alliance's work uncovering corruption and increasing accountability for Cuba's medical "missions" abroad.
You can read the detailed CiberCuba article on the issue, "Gobierno cubano comete tráfico de personas con médicos alquilados en el extranjero, según informe" here.
Today, the Global Liberty Alliance (GLA) was informed that a human rights complaint filed by Pastor Alayn Toledano, of the Assemblies of God Church, received reply from the Cuban government. Pastor Toledano has been restricted from traveling outside Cuba because of an alleged offense of “Disobedience,” and appealed this unjust travel restriction on January 19. The District Attorney’s Office responded that they were working on the case on January 29, the first time that Pastor Toledano has received a response to his inquiries. Legal representation secured by GLA seems to have made a difference this time.
In a show of courage, 15 Cuban priests spoke out against the regime's abuses, urging democracy and freedom for their country. GLA published their letter in English here.
Read more at Breitbart News (English), Babalú Blog, and ADN Cuba (Spanish):