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NORTH & SOUTH AMERICA

Photo courtesy of Haydee Marin, Coordinator of the ISHR Latin American Committee

The Latin American Committee of the International Society for Human Rights (ISHR) includes sections in Colombia, Guatemala, and Nicaragua, with additional sections based in Cuba and in the United States. Our volunteer human rights defenders on the ground monitor and report on current human rights violations occurring in their countries and also carry out a wide range of projects. These include support for indigenous education and peace building in prisons, among others.
To learn more about specific issue areas and our work in the Americas, see the updates below.

UPDATES

Despite change of office in Cuba, the Castro clan continues to rule

President Miguel Díaz-Canel has been elected chairman of the Communist Party of Cuba. This officially ends an era on the Caribbean island in which the Castro brothers were at the head of the all-determining state party for six decades. The International Society for Human Rights (ISHR), which is represented by a section in Cuba, points out that a "change" has only taken place externally.

Cuba: Blockade of news regarding hunger striker

Luis Otero Alcántara has been on a hunger and thirst strike since April 26th, 2021. On May 2nd, 2021, he was forcibly taken to a hospital. Critics of the regime already died in comparable situation.

Blockade of the soup kitchen lifted – Hunger strike ended

On April 9, officials of the Ministry of the Interior ended the 26-day blockade of the soup kitchen of the civil rights movement UNPACU in Santiago de Cuba. As a result, 30 civil rights activists ended their hunger strike, which had been going on for 21 days, according to the International Society for Human Rights (ISHR).

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