The Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation reported last month that by its count, there are currently at least 114 political prisoners in Cuban jails, up from 102 at the end of 2013. (Read the list of prisoners here.)
Uncommon Sense is attempting to honor these brave Cubans by sharing their names and little about their respective stories. Ever since I started this blog, I have felt it vital to remember their names, names the regime would rather have the world never know. That is the only way to fully grasp the injustices they are suffering.
Today's prisoner is Carlos Manuel Figueroa Alvarez.
The human rights commission reported that Figueroa, a well known activist, was beaten and arrested May 15 when he refused to leave Havana's Central Park, where he was reading a book.
Previously, in January, Figueroa and other activists had been arrested at the park after they started shouted anti-Castro slogans in the presence of tourists and other park visitors.
The human rights commission said Figueroa presently faces a pending charge of "assault."