President Obama is on a historic visit to Cuba this week. Media from all over the world are covering this event. And yet there is not sufficient mention of the 51 human rights prisoners in Cuba.
We are asking the media to provide coverage that remembers those prisoners of conscience still imprisoned and harassed by the Castro regime.
Our list of 51 prisoners is regrettably not exhaustive—the number of Cuban political prisoners held today is thought to be more than 100. But these are 51 prisoners of conscience whose names we know and whose stories are verified.
These “Forgotten 51” include political dissidents, former Communist Party loyalists, the son of a Christian jailed by the government in their attempt to coerce his mother to become an informant, and a rap artist declared to be a “danger to society.” The families of the “Forgotten 51” are kept in the dark about the legal status and the health of those unjustly imprisoned. Most have been detained without notice of the crimes for which they are charged. A fair defense is nonexistent in Cuba’s authoritarian political system.
We respectfully request that media coverage of the President’s trip include prominent mention of the Cuban government’s record on human rights. We ask that media networks remember these 51 Cuban prisoners of conscience—and the many more they represent.
Join us and help remember these “Forgotten 51.”
Cuban Human Rights Victims, #Forgotten51 Need Media Coverage
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