Ivan Hernandez Carrillo was one of the Cuban Group of 75 prisoners of conscience imprisoned in the "black spring" of 2003 and released in 2011 only after the Castro dictatorship failed in its attempt to force him into overseas exile.
Out of jail, Hernandez has resumed his activism against the regime -- which supports fear has put his life in danger.
From the International Group for Social Corporate Responsibility("GIRSCC"):
Urgent Alert: Ivan Hernandez Carrillo The Castro regime's repression against independent labor leader, Ivan Hernandez Carrillo, has increased to the point that we fear for his life. State security agents have even claimed that they are awaiting orders to kill him.
On July 14, Ivan was brutally assaulted by political police agents, beaten mercilessly with rubber batons and injected with an unknown substance in his right shoulder. Later he was driven to a deserted area and left there without medical care, despite being severely wounded and bleeding.
On August 4, Ivan was attacked even more viciously: a group of agents threw him in a pool of sewage, then kicked him in the stomach to silence him. "Punches, kicks, scratches, bloody knees and elbows...," he tweeted. "I was punched on the mouth as I yelled Down with the dictatorship! Down with repression! Cease the violence!"
This past month, he has been beaten and detained every Sunday. Please follow Ivan’s Twitter account (@ivanlibre) for updates.
Here is his biography:Ivan Hernandez Carrillo (Colón, May 24, 1971) is an independent labor union leader, general secretary of the CTIC (Confederation of Independent Workers of Cuba) and spokesman for the Independent Trade Union Coalition of Cuba (CSIC). He was one of the prisoners of conscience (“Group of 75”) of Cuba's Black Spring.
Prior to his imprisonment in March 2003, when he was unjustly sentenced to 25- years for his activism, Ivan had been widely regarded as one of the key youth leaders of the Cuba's civic opposition.
After enduring 7-years in prison in inhuman conditions, isolated cells, constant beatings and all sorts of deprivations, Ivan was released on February 20, 2011 under “extrapenal parole” -- but only after courageously refusing to accept forced exile abroad.
Ivan has been a key source of information for the reports on the Cuban government's labor violations published by the ILO’s Committee of Freedom of Association.He is a recipient of the 2009 Democracy Award by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).