The Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation reported lin June 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 Ruberlandis Maine Villalon.
An activist with the Patriotic Union of Cuba, or UNPACU, Maine has been in jail since Aug. 26, 2013. He is currently serving a 5-year sentence after he was convicted of "assault" and "disrespect," two "crimes" the regime frequently uses to target its political opponents.
The human rights commission said Maine is in jail because of the numerous peaceful opposition activities he has participated in.
Also important to note that Maine is affiliated with UNPACU, one of the largest and perhaps most active opposition group on the island. Led by former prisoner of conscience Jose Daniel Ferrer Garcia,m nmerous of its activists are currently in Cuban jails.