Cuba: US Condemns “Arbitrary Detentions” of Pro-Democracy Activists

By: Caribbean Journal Staff - June 13, 2014

Above: the US State Department’s Harry S Truman building

By the Caribbean Journal staff

The United States Department of State issued a statement Thursday condemning Cuba’s government following reports of “arbitrary detentions by Cuban authorities.”

The detentions reportedly included dozens of members of civil society including prominent pro-democracy activist Jorge Luis Garcia Perez, his wife Yris Perez Aguilera, Ladies in White spokesperson Berta Soler and her husband, Angel Moya.

The department said it had also seen reports that journalist Roberto de Jesus Guerra was “violently assaulted and suffered a broken nose and torn ligaments.”

In the statement, the US condemned what it saw as the Cuban government’s “systematic use of physical violence and arbitrary detention to silence its critics, disrupt peaceful assembly and even, in the case of the detentions of Ms Soler and Mr Moya, prevent attendance at a court hearing unrelated to broader issues of governance.”

“We urge the government of Cuba to end these practices and respect the universal human rights of Cuban citizens,” said Marie Harf, Deputy Department Spokesperson at the Office of the Spokesperson of the US Department of State.

Popular Posts all-inclusive montego bay resort by marriott

Marriott Just Opened Its New All-Inclusive Resort in Montego Bay 

Marriott has continued its rapid expansion into the Caribbean all-inclusive space with the debut of its newest adults-only resort in Montego Bay: the new Hideaway at Royalton Blue Waters, An Autograph Collection All-Inclusive Resort.  The 352-room resort is part of […]

Yes, You Can Stay at an All-Inclusive Resort in St Thomas, USVI

the beach at the bolongo bay resort

The Bolongo Bay Beach Resort on St. Thomas may be the most popular all-inclusive resort you’ve never heard of. It’s not that the resort itself isn’t well-known: this family-run and managed, beach resort has been in business since 1974. But […]

The 15 Best Spa Resorts in the Caribbean

como parrot cay

Resort spas have become almost as common as fitness centers on amenity lists, but while it’s simple enough to carve out some space for a few treatment rooms, there are some spas that offer a true “experience” to go along […]

Related Posts riu cancun

Frontier Airlines Just Restarted This Nonstop Flight to Cancun 

Another day, another Frontier Airlines flight to Cancun. The fast-growing carrier has restarted another nonstop route to the Mexican Caribbean hotspot, this time with daily nonstop service from Detroit.  Detroit-Cancun flights are now operating once every day, with intro fares […]

The Grand Cayman Marriott Is Getting New-Look Rooms (And Some With Bunk Beds)

people floating on seven mile beach

One of the Cayman Islands’ signature places to stay is getting an upgrade: the Grand Cayman Marriott Resort.  The Seven Mile Beach property has begun what it’s calling an “extensive renovation of rooms and suites,” according to a statement from […]

Tiger Woods Is Making His Golf Return in Nassau 

the albany golf course with bunker

Tiger Woods is set to make his return to professional golf at his HERO World Challenge tournament in Nassau.  Woods has not played since the 2023 Masters, from which he withdrew in the third round and then underwent fusion surgery […]


Sign up for Caribbean Journal's free newsletter for a daily dose of beaches, hotels, rum and the best Caribbean travel information on the net.

No. Thank You