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 prisoners are Roberto Hernandez Barrios and Wilberto Parada Milan.
Activists with the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU), Hernandez and Parada were arrested March 30, 2013, after a protest near the Old Capitol building in Havana. Almost a year later, on Feb. 4, 2014, they were tried and convicted of charges of "assault," "disrespect" and "resistance."
The human rights commission said Hernandez was sentenced to 5 years in prison, but the punishment for Parada was listed as "pending."
Hernandez and Parada are two of dozens of UNPACU activists currently in Cuban jails, befitting UNPACU's status as one of the most active opposition groups on the island.