Tag: Amnesty International

Cubans Split Over More Liberal Family Code As Referendum Nears

HAVANA — Cuba’s communist government is seeking to rally support for a new family code that would open the door to gay marriage and boost women’s rights, but experts and a recent survey suggest an upcoming referendum vote may not provide a rubber stamp. Tepid support for the reforms, which clash with the island’s entrenched […]

Cuban Teenagers Who Protested Communism In Streets Of Havana To Be Tried As Adults

HAVANA — Among those being charged are 55 teenagers, ages 16 to 18, who are being tried as adults. Human rights groups have said the crackdown shows how Cuba’s judicial system is used to crush dissent. The Cuban government said on Tuesday that some 790 people were being charged for sedition, public disorder and other […]

Cuban Protesters Face 30 Years In Prison For Daring To Talk Back To Communism

HAVANA — Detained protesters in Cuba could get up to 30 years in prison as they face the largest and most punitive mass trials on the island since the early years of the revolution. Prosecutors last week put on trial more than 60 citizens charged with crimes, including sedition, for taking part in demonstrations against the country’s […]

Duterte Won’t Allow Scrutiny Of Extra-Judicial Killings For Petty Drug Crimes

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine president has rejected full public disclosure of details of his administration’s deadly anti-drug crackdown, citing national security. President Rodrigo Duterte said in televised remarks Monday night that divulging confidential information like intelligence about suspects used by law enforcers for drug raids could undermine his administration’s campaign against criminality. Duterte has […]

‘Kangaroo’ BVI ‘High Court’ Holds American Fisherman Hostage With 10 Preliminary Court Hearings To Force Him To Pay $511,000 Ransom

ROAD TOWN, Tortola — New Jersey fisherman Michael Foy will be released on bail from a British Virgin Islands jail Monday. Foy, 60, will be allowed to post bail after spending more than three months in a “medieval” BVI jail cell. The part-time resident of Puerto Rico is patiently awaiting his day in court on […]