“On previous occasions,” the statement said, “we have expressed our position against the existence of that prison on Cuban soil,” but “it is essential that we remember that a few kilometers from there is located the horrible provincial Prison of Guantanamo, where the government of Cuba has incarcerated and still holds Cuban citizens in inhumane conditions who were unjustly condemned for freely speaking, writing or collecting signatures for the Varela Project.”
The CLM recalls that there are still more than 200 prisoners of conscience in Cuba, and it denounced “the hypocrisy of those who (rightly) denounce the prison camp at Guantanamo but consciously forget about the imprisonment of defenders of human rights at that other Guantanamo which is all Cuba’s.”
The statement recalls that at the Cuban prison of Guantanamo, the inmates include Jesus Mustafa Felipe, “who in 2003 was sentenced to an arbitrary condemnation of 18 months, and one day without any warning, was taken from his cell, put on trial without legal representation and sentenced to another 25 years.”
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