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Cuba: Political Prisoners

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 9 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent estimate he has made of the number of political prisoners in Cuba. (154564)

It is difficult to estimate the number of political prisoners in Cuba as the Cuban Government maintains tight control over such information. However, Amnesty International's 2007 report identifies at least 69 “prisoners of conscience” in Cuba and they are currently reviewing the cases of dozens of other prisoners who could also be considered prisoners of conscience see:

http://thereport.amnesty.org/eng/Regions/Americas/Cuba.

In a report dated 5 July 2007, the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCHRNR—a standard non-official source of human rights information in Cuba) documented 246 political prisoners. The CCHRNR has also reported that thousands of young Cubans are imprisoned on the charge of “peligrosidad predelictiva”, which means they have not committed a crime but are considered likely to do so. More information on the human rights situation in Cuba can be found in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's 2006 Annual Human Rights Report at:

www.fco.gov.uk/humanrights.