Kudos to the New York-based Human Rights Foundation, which has named Cuban prisoner of conscience Danilo Maldonado one of the three 2015 recipients Václav Havel International Prize for Creative Dissent.
Maldonado, nicknamed "El Sexto," is a graffiti artist was arrested Dec. 26 in Havana as he was driving towards Central Park, where he was perform a piece of art featuring two pigs whose bodies were painted with the names "Fidel" and "Raul."
He faces a charge of "disrespect" -- not to the pigs, but to the brother-dictators -- but he has yet to stand trial.
The Human Rights Foundation explained why El Sexto is one of three people to receive the honor this year:
El Sexto, whose real name is Danilo Maldonado, is a Cuban graffiti artist and activist whose public work has turned him into a formidable dissident, evidenced by the ongoing repression he suffers at the hands of the Castro dictatorship. This past December, El Sexto was arrested on his way to put on a performance art piece called "Rebelión en la Granja," with two pigs decorated with the names “Fidel” and “Raúl.” El Sexto was charged with contempt and remains in prison awaiting trial.
Past recipients of the Havel prize include the Russian punk rock group Pussy Riot, in 2014; and the Cuban Damas De Blanco ("Ladies In White"), in 2013.