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):
GLA Files Complaint with UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention for Cuban-American Hostage Alina López
OAS Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Grants Precautionary Measure to Protect Cuban Independent Journalist
On December 21, the Global Liberty Alliance was informed that the Organization of American States's Inter-American Commission on Human Rights issued Precautionary Measures to protect the persecuted Cuban independent journalist Niober García Fournier. Mr. García Fournier has undergone near constant surveillance, harassment, and threats by Cuban police in the last few months. In September, he was even beaten.
Read the press release below.
GLA received word that yesterday, December 10, on International Human Rights Day, Association of Free Yorubas members Yolexi Sánchez was detained by State Security, and threatened with 3 years' jail time and loss of his job.
The reason? He belonged to the Association of Free Yorubas and to civil society organization Julio Machado Academy. Cuban State Security assured Mr. Sánchez that if he didn't quit both the Free Yorubas and the Julio Machado Academy, the father of 3 would be fired from his job and given 3 years of prison for "endangerment." Mr. Sánchez of course refused to abandon his beliefs and friends. Listen to testimony from Free Yoruba leadership below.
GLA denounces all state attempts to control freedom of worship and assembly, and is defending Mr. Sánchez and all those repressed under totalitarian regimes like Cuba's.
Yesterday, December 8, marked one week since Cuban political prisoner Silverio Portal Contreras was announced as released from prison. Two years into a four-year sentence for "public disorder" and suffering from cardiovascular ailments and a prison injury, Mr. Portal was granted medical release.
A GLA network lawyer (whose name is withheld for security reasons) filed several appeals of Mr. Portal's sentence and applications for parole in 2020, which were instrumental in his release. See the press release below.
On Monday, December 7, GLA advisor Fr. Fernando Hería, Rector of Our Lady of Charity National Shrine in Miami, was featured in an interview with Breitbart reporter Frances Martel. In their conversation, Fr. Hería stressed that Catholics can fight Communism. He especially called on priests of the Cuban-American diaspora to speak out against Communism.
Read more on Breitbart's website.
NEWS ALERT: Stones Thrown in "Act of Repudiation" against Yoruba San Isidro Movement Activist, Jovián Díaz Batista
The Global Liberty Alliance has learned that earlier today, Association of Free Yorubas and San Isidro Movement member, the young Jovián Díaz Batista, suffered from an "act of repudiation" at his home. This time, the "repudiation" included people throwing stones at the home where he lives with his wife; the couple sheltered in place for fear of further violence.
"Acts of repudiation," a common occurrence in Cuba, are acts of intimidation, concocted by authorities and made to look like spontaneous protests against dissidents,
For more information, listen to the below testimony by the Association of Free Yorubas leader Loreto Hernández García, and see the below footage of the repression filmed by Mr. Díaz Batista himself, courtesy of ADN Cuba News.