Castros Relent. UPDATED

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and admit political prisoners might be human after all. Apparently the Castro government will move Cuban political prisoners closer to home and some into hospitals where they belong, given their health conditions. So far, this is only a rumor based on a promise. I’m not optimistic about any promises that has the name Castro attached to it, even if The Miami Herald calls this “a stunning concession”:

The Cuban government has promised to move sick political prisoners to hospitals, and other jailed dissidents closer to home, in a stunning concession to the recent avalanche of criticisms of its human rights record, an independent journalist said Sunday.

Guillermo Farinas, who has been on a lengthy hunger strike demanding the release of 26 ailing political prisoners, said Havana Auxiliary Bishop Juan de Dios Hernandez told him the changes would begin Monday, and that eventually some jailed dissidents could be freed.

UPDATED: And tweeted today by @yoanisanchez on this subject: With these negotiations between the church and the Cuban Government, some political prisoners could be freed but the intolerance will not be eliminated.

Original: Con esta negociación entre iglesia y gobierno cubanos, pueden salir liberados algunos presos politicos pero no se eliminará la intolerancia.

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(H/t @sweetcop95)

One thought on “Castros Relent. UPDATED

  1. Todd Curl May 24, 2010 / 11:58 am

    I’m somewhat torn emotionally and intellectually by the Castro regime. Being somewhat of a Marxist — at least in terms of understanding and critiquing History — I’ve probably been somewhat apologetic to the atrocities of Castro under the belief that it was part of a grander Revolutionary struggle.

    I also realize that compared to Batista, Castro’s human rights record is somewhat tame. Though that doesn’t excuse the perpetual imprisonment of anyone who deviates from his idea of “revolutionary thought” that has occurred under his rule.

    Having had the opportunity to visit Cuba in 2003 with an education visa — subsequently abolished shortly thereafter by the Bush administration — I saw a very open and free society (especially compared to other parts of Latin, Central, and South America and the Caribbean).

    I spoke with individuals who were critical of aspects of Castro’s policy, yet they believed that the issues invoking their criticism were for the greater good of the Cuban people. While I will continue to state that what we in the US have been told about Cuba is largely a creation of media induced anti-communist hyperbole, I will not defend Castro on his blatant human rights violations.

    Dissent is necessary for the advancement of any free society. Despite my many criticisms of the US government and the economic system that thwarts our democracy, I can still voice those criticisms without much fear of imprisonment, something I couldn’t claim if I was living in Cuba.

    It appears that Cuba is moving toward more openness and more tolerance of dissent as it is necessary for their survival. Yet I am also aware that the exiled Batista supporters (probably more the children of those supporters these days) still harbor the notion that they will return to power once Fidel finally dies. This will not help Cuba either.

    What will come of this new openness? Will it end the US’s 60 year old embargo on our neighbor to the South East? Probably not. Will it placate the conservative Cubans of Southern Florida? Probably not. Will it help advance freedom in Cuba so the actual citizens have more say in the course of policy that affects their daily lives? I certainly hope so.

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