Day after day Twitter is becoming more than an addiction a necessity of social communication for me. I bring here an update about Cuba’s repressive system via my latest tweets as @jmarloren
In #Cuba laws against antiGov propaganda, graffiti & disrespect of officials carried penalties between 3 months & 1 year in prison.
In #Cuba criticism of PRES or members of the National Assembly or Council of State is punishable by 1 to 3 years' imprisonment.
#Cuba government considered international reports of human rights violations by INTL non-gov organizations to be enemy propaganda.
In #Cuba the so called Committees of Defense of Revolution (CDR) inhibited freedom of speech by monitoring & reporting dissent.
In #Cuba content is nearly uniform across all of Cuban media: none enjoys editorial independence.
#Cuba vigorously prosecutes attempts to distribute unauthorized written, filmed, or photographed material.
In #Cuba state security agents pose as independent journalists spread misinformation/mistrust within independent journalist circles
In #Cuba persons distributing copies of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights continue to be harassed and detained.
#Cuba GOV barred independent libraries from receiving materials from abroad and seized materials donated by foreign governments.
#Cuba government controlled nearly all Internet access. Authorities reviewed and censored email.
#Cuba authorities employ Internet search filters and also block access to Web sites that they considered inconvenient.
In #Cuba the only citizens granted Internet access are GOV officials and certain GOV approved doctors and GOV journalists.
In #Cuba human right groups report GOV use mobile patrols to search for unauthorized Internet/satellite TV/digital cable users.
In #Cuba internet access in hotels costs between 5-10 CUC ($5.40 to $10.80) an hour a rate beyond the means of most citizens.
INTL Telecommunication Union reported 13% s use Internet in #Cuba including citizens who had access to GOV Intranet only at work.
In #Cuba the law requires all public Internet centers to register with GOV and could be supervised without prior warning.
In #Cuba 2008 GOV instructed providers of Internet to block access to sites" whose contents are contrary to social/moral interests"
In #Cuba the same resolution ordered Internet providers to prevent the use of encryption software & the transfer of encrypted files.
In #Cuba GOV restricts academic freedom and controls the curriculum at all schools and universities.
In #Cuba the law allows for punishment of any unauthorized assembly of more than three persons.
In #Cuba even those assemblies for private religious services in private homes could be punished by up to 3 months in prison.
In #Cuba the civil society organizations reported continued suppression of the right to assemble.
#Cuba authorities detain activists for short periods to prevent them from attending meetings, demonstrations, or ceremonies.
#Cuba Commision of Human Rights reported at least 700 short-term detentions in 2008 of dissidents.
In #Cuba Human Rights activists report frequent GOV monitors/disrupts cell phones & landline services prior to planned events.
#Cuba law specifically prohibits unrecognized groups, and the government routinely denies its citizens freedom of association.
#Cuba constitution proscribes any political organization other than the Communist Party and the Communist Youth.
In #Cuba the authorities have never approved the establishment of any human rights group and refuse to acknowledge INTL NGO.
#Cuba GOV continues to ignore applications from new groups for legal recognition including women's & gay rights organizations.
In #Cuba education is secular, and no primary or secondary religious educational institutions are allowed.
In #Cuba leaders from some religious denominations reported state security agents infiltrated congregations & report activities.
In #Cuba NGO Christian Solidarity Worldwide reported more than 30 pastors were detained & threatened w/charges of "dangerousness".
In #Cuba religious groups are required to submit a request to officials before holding processions/events outside their buildings.
#Cuba GOV in May/2009 confiscated home of pastor Ayala Zellero of Las Tunas Province served as her church leaving family homeless.
#Cuba GOV also closed the Ayala family's carpentry shop, depriving them of all sources of income.
#Cuba government tightly restricts foreign and domestic travel and limited internal migration from rural areas to Havana.
#Cuba authorities frequently picked up dissidents visiting Havana and promptly escorted them back to their home provinces.
#Cuba constitution allows all citizens to travel anywhere within the country, but changes of residence are heavily restricted.
In #Cuba the local housing commission and provincial GOV authorities consider requests for change of residence.
In #Cuba Human Rights ORGs estimate the expulsion from Havana of individuals from eastern provinces averaged more than 100 per week.
#Cuba Police threatens to prosecute for "dangerousness" anyone who returned to Havana after having been expelled.
#Cuba government restricted both emigration and temporary foreign travel, mainly by requiring an exit permit.
In #Cuba persons routinely denied exit permits include medical personnel, men of military age & citizens w/certain political beliefs
In #Cuba an unpublished GOV policy denies exit permits to doctors until they have performed at least 5 years of service after their request
In #Cuba the medical technicians have to wait an average of two to three years to receive exit permission.
In #Cuba the government denied exit permits for several years to relatives of individuals who migrated illegally.
In #Cuba the government frequently withheld exit visas from dissidents: for instance Hilda Molina.
#Cuba after more than 15 years dissident physician Hilda Molina received an exit visa to visit her elderly mother & son in Argentina
#Cuba government also denied exit permission to citizens who held valid foreign travel documents: for instance, Yoani Sanchez.
#Cuba law permits authorities to bar individual from a certain area or to restrict to a certain area for a period of 1 to 10 years.
#Cuba law lets authorities to exile internally any person whose presence in a given location is considered "socially dangerous".
#Cuba GOV warns emigrants that speaking out against the GOV abroad could result in repercussions for relatives remaining in Cuba