Cuban human rights activist Eugenio Manuel Estepe Bernal has repeatedly shown he is not afraid to say what he thinks about the Castro dictatorship, even at the risk of prison.
A member of the Cuban Committee for Human Rights in Tunas de Zaza, Estepe in March 2006 was arrested and sentenced to 6 years in prison on supposed charges of "disrespect," "attacking," "resistance" and "enemy propaganda," after stickers emblazoned with anti-government slogans showed up around town.
Estepe was paroled after completing half of his sentence, but he quickly was again at odds with the authorities.
Last May, Estepe was arrested and returned to prison after he invoked the Universal Declaration of Human Rights — to which Cuba is a signatory — to call for change in the Cuban government.
As of December, he remained in prison.
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