Two dissident artists went on trial in Cuba on Monday, facing years in prison after being arrested last year.
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Officials in Cuba say the new penal code is modernizes the country’s laws but human rights groups, say it tightens restrictions on dissent.
Living standards in Cuba have steadily fallen over the last few decades. If better institutions are put in place, problems could be averted.
A proposed modification to the penal code of Cuba might make support for independent journalists and media organizations illegal.
Scores of people facing stiff sentences in trials this month for their roles in the demonstrations of July 11 and 12, 2021 in Cuba.
The mothers say their children were detained and interrogated without the presence of adults, while prosecutors want 23 year sentences.
Over 300 major figures from the art world have called out Cuba, asking it to put an end to state-sponsored violence against artists.
In reaction to peaceful anti-government protests, the Cuban government has consistently engaged in abuse-riddled criminal trials.
Florida’s governor, Ron DeSantis (R), proposed internet transmission to Cuba via high-altitude balloons when it is blocked by government.
A key observer argues that while recent protests are extraordinary and signify change, many forces in Cuba are pushing against democracy.