The Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation reported last month 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 are Angel Figueredo Castellon and his wife Haydee Gallardo Salazar.
Gallardo, a member of the Damas De Blanco ("Ladies In White") and Figueredo were arrested May 26, 2014, during a peaceful demonstration to demand the release of actvist José Díaz Silva after his arrest, according to Martinoticias.com.
The report said Gallardo faced a charge of "public disorder," but the human rights commission said both were facing unspecified charges.
Previously, Figueredo and Salazar, a member of the Damas De Blanco, had been arrested April 20 as they walked to Sunday Mass in Havana. They were advised by authorities then they faced charges of "disrespect."