Cuba has committed to release 52 political prisoners, and last week parliament chief Ricardo Alarcon said it was “very clear from the discussions that the government’s wish is to free all the people” as long as they were not involved in crimes of violence (see AFP English and Spanish).
So what would constitute release of all political prisoners?
There are differing counts.
Amnesty International counts 53 prisoners of conscience, so that if
Elizardo Sanchez of the Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation is an independent monitor of human rights conditions. He counts 167 in jail for “political or political-social motives,” and his list is cited in many places as the definitive accounting of political prisoners. Some of the 167 have been released and are in
And Human Rights Watch asserts that these lists understate the number of people jailed in
At any rate, these issues are treated in detail in this report from the Associated Press.
Other information on this, if you want to sort it out yourself:
- The list of 167 from Elizardo Sanchez.
- The list of 52, compiled by AP.
- Amnesty International’s list (see “Anexo 1 julio 2010”).
- A Miami Herald article from last week.
- An earlier article from the New York Times.