Tuesday, October 17, 2006

As you were

The supposedly temporary transfer of power in Cuba has had no impact on the way the Havana regime deals with independent journalists on the island, according to a human rights official from the Organization of American States.

In a report released this week, Ignacio Alvarez said independent journalists in Cuba continued to be "arbitrarily and repeatedly imprisoned” and “physically attacked and threatened” by agents of the Castro government.

Alvarez, who is the OAS special rapporteur for freedom of expression in the Americas, said he had not perceived any change “in the situation of total lack of respect for freedom of thought and expression in Cuba" since Fidel Castro handed over power to his slightly younger brother Raul over two months ago.

No change.


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