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 political prisoners are Darian Ernesto Dufuss Preval, Ricardo Pelier Frómeta and Yoelkis Rosabal Flores. (There are news accounts with different variations of Dufuss' name; I'm going with the human rights commission's version.)
Dufus, Pelier and Rosabal are all activists with the Patriotic Union of Cuba, or UNPACU, one of the largest and most active opposition groups on the island. Dozens of its members are currently sitting in Cuban jails.
The trio were arrested May 13-15, 2014, after they protested the arrest of another UNPACU activist, Yohannes Arce, which currently is on a hunger strike he started more than 20 days ago.
The commission and at least one news account say the three face charges of "assault" and "attempted murder." However, their only "crime," according to the commission, is that they expressed anti-government positions and as a result, the police framed them.