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Cuba: Political Prisoners

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 13 May 2008

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. (204583)

It is difficult to estimate the number of political prisoners in Cuba as the Cuban government maintains tight control over such information.

In a January 2007 report, the Personal Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on the situation of human rights in Cuba, Christine Chanet, noted that 59 of the 75 dissidents detained during the spring 2003 opposition crackdown remained in prison. In July 2007 the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation cited 246 cases of political prisoners. Since then, four political prisoners have been released and exiled to Spain.

Amnesty International now identifies at least 58 dissidents that remain incarcerated in Cuba.