Human rights ’severely’ restricted in Cuba: Amnesty

May 29th, 2008 - 3:17 pm ICT by admin  

London, May 29 (IANS) Human rights have been “severely” curtailed in Cuba in 2007, Amnesty International has said, Spain’s EFE news agency reported Thursday. Freedom of expression, association and movement remained subject to “severe restrictions” in Cuba in 2007, the rights body has said in its latest State of the World’s Human Rights report.

The report said 62 people, including independent journalists and human rights activists, were imprisoned in Cuba in 2007 “for their non-violent political views or activities” and subjected to intimidation and harassment.

According to a Cuban government estimate, around 225 political activists are currently lodged in various prisons.

The report said the US economic embargo has affected the country’s economy, particularly the supply of food and improvement in health services.

Though Cuba has signed several UN conventions on fundamental rights, it is yet to match the country’s existing legislation with those agreements, Amnesty noted.

Amnesty said all media communications in the island country remained under the state control.

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