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Directorio Condemns Torture and Extrajudicial Executions in Cuba before Inter-Amercian Commission on Human Rights
By Cuban Democratic Directorate

The full text of Directorio’s Adjunct National Secretary Janisset Rivero’s presentation before the Commission is included as a PDF file.

The full text of Directorio’s Adjunct National Secretary Janisset Rivero’s presentation before the Commission can be downloaded as a PDF file here: http://www.directorio.org/pdfdocs/2580_Directorio-%20Torture%20in%20Cuba.%20IACHR%202009.pdf


Washington, D.C. November 6, 2009. Cuban Democratic Directorate. During a hearing on Cuba at the Organization of American States (OAS)’ Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), Janisset Rivero, Adjunct National Secretary of the Cuban Democratic Directorate, condemned instances of torture, extrajudicial executions and violations of basic human rights committed by the Castro regime against Cuban citizens.


With evidence from independent rights organizations based in Cuba like the Council of Human Rights Rapporteurs of Cuba, as well as testimony from former political prisoners and other torture victims, Directorio demonstrated the cruel and systematic practice of torture in Cuba and called upon the Inter-American Community to pay greater attention to this deplorable situation.


“As long as a dictatorship that violates fundamental rights in Cuba survives under the indifferent gaze of the States that signed the Inter-American Democratic Charter in Lima, Perú on September 11, 2001, that document will lack all legal and historical value,” stated Rivero during the hearing.


The full text of “La tortura en Cuba: Informe sobre las distintas modalidades de torturas y otros tratos crueles, inhumanos y degradantes aplicados en el curso de la revolución cubana,” presented to the Comisión today, is available on Directorio’s website.


The following pieces of testimony from Cuban torture victims was featured during an audiovisual presentation during the audience:


Testimonio de José Miranda Acosta

Torturado en la Prisión Kilo 5 1/2



Testimonio de Gerardo Rodriguez

Torturado en el Centro de Detención VIlla Marista



Testimonio de Anette Escandón

Víctima de electroshocks



Testimonio de Abel Nieves

Ex preso político cubano



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