Editorial: BEHIND BARS

Cuba is in fashion. And within the last few months, the existence of political prisoners has shifted from being a thorny issue to being a real nuisance. What else could be more bothersome for a country seeking foreign investments and, on the other hand, for states willing to invest in it than recognizing existence of prisoners of conscience? The most politically correct thing is simply to ignore them – position adopted even by the Cuban Church and made public by cardinal Jaime Ortega who had explicitly denied that there were any political prisoners on the island.

Regardless of the discussions about who should be considered political prisoner and the debates about abusing the term “political prisoner” – thing that could blur its true meaning – the truth is that there always have been and still are people being arrested and imprisoned for publicly manifesting their disapproval of the Government or challenging the ruling power in Cuba.

In this issue you will find stories of political prisoners in Cuba: some of them have been released several years ago, others only a few months ago while some are still in prison. Besides describing the prisoners and their living conditions, we intend to show the reasons which may lead to incarcerating a person in Cuba, the treatment he or she will receive in prison and all the consequences for those undergoing this punishment.

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Agnes Koleman

Agnes Koleman has been traveling to Cuba since 1997. She is a big admirer of Cuban and Cuban people and hopes one day soon they will have a democratic government.