|Xiomara de las Mercedes Cruz Miranda before and during her jailing.|
https://t.co/LO760yWxvn— Angel Juan Moya (@jangelmoya) August 8, 2019
En el video medico d sala T/Intermedia d hosp.Covadonga, en el parte del dia 7 de agosto 2019 a las 2pm. ,reconoce que @DamasdBlanco #UNPACU Xiomara Cruz es una cuestion política. #RevolucionEsRepresion en #Cuba #PresosPorQue en Cuba @ForoDyL .
Xiomara was sent to a punishment cell for at least 10 days for speaking to her daughter over the phone. Apparently, officials did not like the content of their conversation.
her health has radically declined. Above and below are photos of rashes that appeared on her body in June that Cuban medical doctors in Ciego de Ávila claimed to be unable to diagnose. In mid-July she was returned to Havana to La Covadonga hospital.
On August 8, 2019 she was transferred to intensive care. Cuban dissident Angel Juan Moya has posted videos of interviews from August 6th and August 7th with doctors at the hospital. Family members are complaining that they are receiving differing diagnosis and her situation continues to worsen. Xiomara is intensive care and now doctors are saying that it could be lung cancer. A doctor refuses to update the family saying: "that he did not want to see those people."
Parte medico sobre estado d salud d presa política y x conciencia @DamasdBlanco #UNPACU Xiomara Cruz el dia 6-8-19 2pm.#RevolucionEsRepresion en Cuba #PresosPorQue en #Cuba @ForoDyLhttps://t.co/0GcEre84Ij— Angel Juan Moya (@jangelmoya) August 8, 2019
Their is cause for great concern. Xiomara's condition is deteriorating, and one of the doctors raised the issue of a "political" question. Healthcare in Cuba has a history of being subordinated to political considerations. The health of the patient is not the top priority.
|Laura Pollán February 13, 1948 – October 14, 2011|
This practice of politically motivated medical negligence is not just limited to members of the Ladies in White. Two other examples separated by twenty years demonstrates that this is a long term regime tactic to deal with dissidents in a manner that rises to the level of cruel and unusual punishment.
|Sirley Avila Leon was denied adequate medical care in Cuba|
|Sebastián Arcos Bergnes Born: 1931, Died: December 22, 1997|
On January 13, 1992 the executive board of the Cuban Committee for Human Rights again issued a statement reaffirming their commitment to nonviolence and calling for dialogue with the Cuban government.
Sebastian Arcos Bergnes was detained on January 15, 1992 and charged with "enemy propaganda" and "inciting rebellion," he was sentenced to four years and eight months in prison. Sebastian was transferred to Ariza Prison in Cienfuegos Province, more than 130 miles from Havana, where he was imprisoned alongside dangerous criminals and systematically denied medical attention.
In 1993 the regime offered Sebastian a deal: He would be released immediately if he only agreed to leave the island for good. Sebastian rejected the deal, choosing prison in Cuba over freedom in exile.
After an international campaign that included his designation as an Amnesty International prisoner of conscience and a request by France Libertés, the organization founded by former French first lady Danielle Mitterrand, Sebastian Arcos was released in 1995.
A few weeks after his release, Arcos was diagnosed with a malignant tumor in the rectum, for which he had previously been denied medical care in prison. After a Cuban doctor was fired from his post for diagnosing Arcos, he traveled to Miami for further care. In 1996, Sebastián Arcos Bergnes testified before the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva, Switzerland.
Sebastian died on December 22, 1997 from the cancer that could have been easily diagnosed much earlier, and saved his life.
The fear is that a similar process is being carried out against Xiomara de las Mercedes Cruz Miranda. The international community and people of good will need to make their voices heard.
|Xiomara Cruz, prisoner of conscience, Covadonga Hospital intensive care, Aug 8th|