The Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation reported this week 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.)
Today and on each of the next 100 days or so I'm going to try 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 Jose Lino Ascencio Lopez.
Ascencio, an activist with the Cuban Reflection Movement, in May 2013 was convicted of "public disorder," and sentenced to 42 months in prison after organizing a debate, according to the human rights commission.
The Cuban Reflection Movement is led by former Group of 75 prisoner of conscience Librado Linares Garcia.