557. 3/15/2003

“Specifically, the House resolution was a reaction to arrests by the Castro government in March [2003] of over 80 Cuban dissidents, human rights activists, independent journalists, trade union leaders and others, and the subsequent sentencing of many of these individuals to year jail terms as long as 27 years.  Amnesty International has suggested that many of those detained may be prisoners of conscious, whose only offense may be ‘the non-violent exercise of their rights to freedom of expression and association,’ a view widely reflected in a growing list of other organizations and governments who have condemned the arrests and sentencing.” [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

“Embargo Update: Congress Reacts to Castro’s Crackdown,” Cuba Policy Foundation

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