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During President Barack Obama's visit to Cuba in March 2016, dictator Raul Castro said he would be willing to release all political prisoners; all he needed was a list of names.
Only the biggest fool would believe him, but several groups almost immediately released their lists. Of course, there was no mass release.
On April 25, the Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation, one of the most credible sources in Cuba for information on political prisoners released its updated list of 93 political prisoners.
A major goal of this blog since its inception more than 10 years ago is to recognize those brave Cubans imprisoned because of their opposition to, and their actions in service of their beliefs, against the Castro dictatorship. It is one small step to ensure that they, and their oppressors, know that they are not forgotten.
In that spirit, Uncommon Sense has revived one of its most important features, the Cuban Political Prisoner of the Week.
The Damas De Blanco, or "Ladies In White," may be the most effectual opposition group in Cuba, courageously standing up to the Castro dictatorship on behalf of their imprisoned loved ones to demand their release and the release of all political prisoners.
Not surprisingly, they also have paid a heavy price, as evidenced by how the Castro secret police and its thugs routinely target these women, simply for trying to march peacefully to Mass each Sunday. Each week, dozens of these amazing women are arrested and detained for several hours, if not longer.
Dama De Blanco Maria del Carmen Cala Aguilera, of Holguin, in eastern Cuba, has been unjustly imprisoned in the Castro gulag since April 2015, when she was arrested after she called the doctor she held responsible for her son's death, a "murderer." Luis Miguel Arias Cala was on parole after serving 15 years in prison for murder and other charges, when he fell ill and died in October 2014.
Calas was charged with "attacking" -- a specious charge often leveled against opposition activists -- and sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison.
The Human Rights Commission said Cala also is a member of the Patriotic Union of Cuba, another active and somewhat successful opposition group on the island.
For more about Cala, read this report from exiled Cuban journalist, and former prisoner of conscience Juan Carlos Herrera Acosta.