Below is a partial sampling of the regime's crimes and the visual evidence over the past three years.
Extrajudicial deaths with regime involvement
|Orlando Zapata Tamayo|
At the time of Orlando's death Oswaldo Payá spoke out: "Orlando Zapata Tamayo, dear brother, we will continue the fight, without hatred, but determined that until Cuba is free and Cubans are no longer suffering this shameful humiliation that is to live subdued by fear to a lie."
|Laura Inés Pollán Toledo|
|Oswaldo José Payá Sardiñas|
Over half a century later the body count of the Cuban dictatorship continues to rise.
Beatings and mutilations
|Berenice Héctor González|
|Marina Montes Piñón|
Marina Montes Piñón, a 60 year old woman and long time opposition activist, was beaten with a blunt object by regime agents on December 15, 2012 in Cuba. The end result was three deep wounds in the skull and a hematoma in the right eye. She needed nearly thirty stitches to patch up the wounds.
New prisoners of conscience
|Ulises González Moreno and Calixto Ramon Martinez|
At the end of 2012 there is one journalist imprisoned in all of Latin America, and he is a Cuban prisoner of conscience. Calixto Ramon Martinez is 42 years old and is from El Jíbaro de San Ramón, a small town at the outskirts of the Sierra Maestra in Granma province in Cuba. In 2009 he co-founded Hablemos Press with Roberto de Jesús Guerra Pérez with objective of "breaking the wall of silence and censorship" in Cuba. State security agents arrested Calixto near José Martí International Airport in Havana on September 16, 2012 where he was reporting on two tons of medicine and medical equipment that had been damaged, according to Committee to Protect Journalists sources and news reports.
Three years of troubling trends in Cuba that many have ignored. There are new prisoners of conscience which is nothing new but a tragic status quo that some had prognosticated would change under Raul Castro. Change has taken place but for the worse on the human rights front. The beatings and mutilations of activists and their sympathizers have coincided with a massive rise in arbitrary detentions that reached 6,602 in 2012. Even more troubling there has been a rise in the suspicious deaths of human rights defenders in and out of custody of state security. Over the past two years figures with great international prestige have died under strange circumstances.