The Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation reported lin June 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 is Juliet Michelena Diaz.
An independent journalist, Michelena was arrested April 7, 2014, while reporting on an incident she witnessed in which a police dog biting a man.
Michelena was originally accused of threatening a neighbor, but on the day her report was published the charge was upped to attacking the neighbor, according to Reporters Without Borders, which along with the Committee to Protect Journalists has urged the Castro regime to release Michelena.
On the four-month anniversary of her arrest last week, former Cuban prisoner of conscience Martha Beatriz Roque tweeted that officials have denied Michelena access to a a lawyer.
Cumple hoy 4 meses presa la comunicadora Juliet Michelena le niegan abogado x distintas mentitsd— Martha Beatriz Roque (@marthabroque) August 7, 2014