Cuba to free 52 political prisoners
Havana: The Cuban government will release 52 political prisoners over the next few months, the Catholic church said on Wednesday after a meeting between Archbishop Jaime Ortega and President Raul Castro.
These prisoners are the last of the 75 dissidents jailed after the "Black Spring" crackdown in March 2003, the church said in a statement.
Cuban authorities told the Catholic hierarchy that the detainees would be free to leave the country if they wish.
The Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation said in a report on Monday that the government is holding 167 political prisoners.
The number of people held for political reasons in the country has declined since Raul Castro formally succeeded ailing older brother Fidel in February 2008.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Is Akhilesh Yadav overlooking Muslims as Mulayam Singh alleged?
- DNA: Why did Navjot Singh Sidhu call BJP 'Kaikeyi’, Congress ‘Kaushalya’?
- 38-year-old arrested for ‘raping’ minors in Delhi; assaulted over 600 girls
- BJP announces 149 names in first list of candidates for UP elections
- My father wanted me to be a man of character: Navjot Singh Siddhu
- Geeta Phogat comes to rescue of Zaira Wasim; hits out at trolls, asks actress not to apologise
- ‘Dangal’ star Zaira Wasim says I am not a role model, not proud of what I am doing
- Assembly Elections: BJP releases list of 149 candidates for Uttar Pradesh, 64 for Uttarakhand
- Serial child rapist arrested in Delhi, says 'preyed on girls for sexual satisfaction, enjoyed it'
- China's NSG stand is neither fair nor transparent, says Defence Expert