Twelve former Cuban prisoners of conscience jailed during the "black spring" of 2003 still in Cuba are asking the regime to relax conditions of their paroles so they can travel overseas, according to martinoticias.com.
One of the 12, Martha Beatriz Roque, sent a letter this week to the Cuban justice ministry, asking officials that their right to travel be restored. She sent the letter on behalf of the 11 other former prisoners, who were released in 2010-11 under a deal negotiated with Cuba by the Catholic Church and the government of Spain. (Roque had been released earlier because of her poor health.)
The 11 were among the last prisoners released under the agreement because they had refused to take overseas exile as a condition of their release. As a condition of their parole, which the regime warned could be revoked at any time, they have not been allowed to leave the island to receive needed medical care or for other reasons.
The other 11 prisoners are Arnaldo Ramos Lauzurique, Jorge Olivera Castillo, Héctor Fernando Maseda Gutiérrez, Ángel Juan Moya Acosta, Oscar Elías Biscet González, Jose Daniel Ferrer García, Eduardo Díaz Fleitas, Iván Hernández Carrillo, Félix Navarro Rodríguez, Diosdado González Marrero and Librado Ricardo Linares García.