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(16) CCDHRN, "Cuba: Algunos Actos de Represion Politica en el Mes de Junio de 2014" 1 de julio de 2014.
President Raul Castro's administration was "the biggest winner as a result of Pope Benedict XVI's visit, in terms of political legitimacy and international image," said the CCDHRN.
In a statement distributed to foreign correspondents, Sanchez said the CCDHRN sees it as positive that Torres, the only one of the recruits who is 21 (the minimum age for the death penalty), was not sentenced to die by firing squad.
The CCDHRN reports that there were at least 2,074 such detentions in 2010, 4,123 in 2011, 6,602 in 2012, and 6,424 in 2013.
Sanchez and his fellow activists in the CCDHRN receive information directly from prisoners and their families, and feed that information to organizations such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.
While the Cuban government released numerous political prisoners in recent years, including more than 125 released in 2010-2011 with the help of Cuba's Catholic Church, the number of political prisoners has reportedly increased since 2012, according to the Havana-based Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN).
Elizardo Sanchez of the Comision Cubana de Derechos Humanos y Reconciliacion Nacional (CCDHRN) said the nomination "reflects the decision to continue reproducing a totalitarian model of government in Cuba." He told reporters, "I did not see possible changes, but this is going to nourish the immobility for the regime because, without a doubt, Comandante Fidel Castro for years has been the main obstacle to modernizing reforms in our country."
Elizardo Sanchez, the head of the outlawed Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN), said the prisoners were released for health reasons.
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