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Names, whereabouts of 53 Cuba political prisoners still a mystery even after they are released


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The release of 53 political prisoners continues to be shrouded in secrecy even after the Obama administration confirmed they had all been set free.


Neither the U.S. or Cuban governments have released names of the political prisoners nor have they disclosed their whereabouts after their release. The Cuban government said it released the prisoners as part of last month's historic deal between the United States and Cuba.


"We welcome this very positive development and are pleased that the Cuban Government followed through on this commitment. Our Interests Section in Havana was able to verify these releases,” said a senior Obama official. “These political prisoners were individuals who had been cited by various human rights organizations as being imprisoned by the Cuban government for exercising internationally protected freedoms or for their promotion of political and social reforms in Cuba.


Most of the released dissidents belong to the Patriotic Union of Cuba, an anti-government group based in far eastern Cuba. The group’s spokesman told Fox News Latino that even though the political prisoners were sprung, the move is purely “cosmetic.”


“Today they free 53 and next month we have another 53 (in jail),” said Guillermo Fariñas, who famously staged a 134-day hunger strike last year to draw attention to the plight of activists. “What needs to be done is change the law and eliminate the entire series of felony charges that are not felonies because they are [protected by] freedom of speech.”



Where are the 53?

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