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Human Rights in Cuba

Raul Castro Releases 2,900 Common Prisoners But Holds Onto His 11 Million Cuban Hostages

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 02.29.2012 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Thousands of eyes were glued to national television screens this last Friday. The social networks and text messages also vibrated nervously. A strong rumor had been growing all week, centered on the possibility of the National Assembly announcing travel reforms.

Wendy and Ignacio Overcome Great Odds to Marry in Cuba

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 10.14.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

2011-08-14-Screenshot20110814at5.34.05PM.jpg My friend came to mind when I accepted the unusual, irreverent and surprising proposal to be the matron of honor at the first wedding in Cuba between a transsexual and a gay man.

Swimming Over the Graves of Cuban Rafters

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 10.09.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

I felt a shock on learning that Diana Nyad would make an attempt to swim across the Florida Straits. I recalled the days when my neighborhood was swarming with people building improvised rafts on which to launch themselves into the sea.

Cuba Government Refuses Me a Travel Permit 16 Times in 4 Years. Will 17th Time Be a Charm?

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 10.03.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Tthe ability to leave and enter the country has been a method of ideological coercion. Obtaining the "white card" that allows us to leave our insularity, or the "empowerment" to enter our own country, has been conditioned on our being "politically correct."

Cuba: Raising the Legal Age From 16 to 18

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 09.23.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Several weeks ago, the United Nations asked the Cuban authorities to raise the age of majority to 18 years. But there is little hope that such a demand will become fact.

Cuban Icarus Dies in Desperate Escape Attempt

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 09.16.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Adonis could not wait. If he had stayed in his country he would be alive, thinking of a better way to escape from here.

Gay Pride Parade in Havana

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 08.28.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The Paseo del Prado remains the preferred site of those who want to bring back a photo of their stay in Havana. Perhaps it is the history of splendor and neglect that has made it the chosen site to celebrate Gay Pride Day in Cuba.

When Ninety Miles Is an Abyss: My Sister Leaves Cuba

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 08.06.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

I remember when my sister told me she'd entered her name into an international visa lottery. Yunia was always very lucky in games of chance, so I knew what to expect from the outset.

Four Years, Nine Months and One Blog

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 06.11.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Just when you've forgotten how to teach a baby to walk, you give birth to a blog. A website to help articulate its first words, to warn of dangers ahead, and to show a world that you don't quite understand yourself.

Bohemia, Latin America's Oldest Magazine, Destroyed by Censorship

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Bohemia, the oldest magazine in Cuba and in Latin America, was born in 1908 and now it's the living dead.

My Repression Is Her Chance to Watch Her Soap Opera

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

I'm unexpectedly overcome by horror, someone just thanked me for being raw meat for the surveillance machinery, the target of guards.

The Devaluation of Piracy

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

With their colorful covers and nylon sleeves, the new supply of CDs and DVDs fills every corner of my city. Selling music, TV series and movies is one...

The Country of Long Shadows

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

There are two men on the corner. One is wearing an earphone while the other peers into the door of a building. All the neighbors know perfectly well w...

Desires and Dreams for 2011 [Video]

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

On December 24 I woke up typing into my cell phone some wishes and short predictions of what 2011 could bring those of us who live on this Island. A...

Cuban Regime Calls on its Children for Shock Troops

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

When my son's school director called my son to make up the shock troops I was as horrified as I was three decades ago, when I first witnessed those shouts, insults and eggs through the eyes of a child.

A Letter of Discontent Leaves a Physician Stripped of His Profession

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Last week, Jeovany Jimenez Vega -- the protagonist and victim of this story -- decided to go on a hunger strike in Marti Park in Guanajay, to demand that he be restored to the practice of medicine.

Eight Times in Three Years: Refused "Permission" to Leave My Island

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Exclusive to the Huffington Post. Fortunately I had few illusions left, because otherwise I would have felt cheated a couple of weeks ago when I wa...

The Threat of a Label: "Dissident"

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

This article comes from the second issue of Voices, a new digital magazine from Cuba. A sugar-coated image shows Cuba as a country where social justi...

Juan Juan Almeida's Hunger Strike Succeeds: He Is Allowed to Leave Cuba

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Juan Juan Almeida with his daughter, Indira, and wife, Consuelo yesterday in Miami The day that Juan Juan Almeida announced the start of his hunger...

The Little Brother Reports on Big Brother in Cuba: A Tale of Repression and Forgiveness

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Today's guest post is by a young Cuban journalist, and new blogger, Ernesto Morales Licea. Ernesto graduated from the Universidad de Oriente, in Santi...

Choices for Cuban Dissenters: Stigma, Prison or Exile

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

There are at least two hundred Cuban prisoners of conscience serving prison sentences for acts defined as common crimes, acts that would not be considered criminal in a country with a different political system, one more tolerant and more plural.

Sign for Freedom

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Special to Huffington Post. Never before has a document managed to collect so many signatures calling for improvements in human rights in Cuba. Wha...

A "Letters to the Editor" Feature That Mocks Free Speech

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Who would have thought, just a few years ago, that the austere newspaper Granma would open a section that would become its most read and commented on...

My Book is Banned In Cuba, But My Words Fly Freely on the Web

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Just yesterday, on the eve of the presentation in Chile of a compilation of my blog posts under the title Cuba Libre, I received a report from the Cu...

Leaked Photos Prevent Cuban Cover-Up

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The deaths of at least 26 psychiatric patients, from hunger and cold, at Havana's Mazorra psychiatric hospital, the death of the hunger striker Orland...