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Jul. 22, 2015 | Press Releases

Cuba: HRF Report on Oswaldo Payá’s Death; Evidence Suggests Government May Have Killed Him

NEW YORK (July 22, 2015) – To mark the third anniversary of the death of Cuban dissident Oswaldo Payá, the Human Rights Foundation (HRF) published a legal report today highlighting the inaccuracies and inconsistencies of the official government investigation following Payá’s death in 2012. HRF has documented numerous due process violations, including damning witness accounts, a grossly inadequate autopsy examination, and other key pieces of evidence that were overlooked by the Cuban judicial system. HRF’s report concludes that the “evidence, which was deliberately ignored, strongly suggests that the events of July 22, 2012 were not an accident, but instead the result of a car crash directly caused by agents of the state.” HRF will present the report today at Georgetown University. Payá’s daughter, Rosa María, will be in attendance.

Jul. 17, 2015 | Press Releases

Venezuela Twitter Crackdown: HRF Condemns Targeted Data Collection by Political Police


NEW YORK (July 17, 2015) – The Human Rights Foundation (HRF) strongly condemns the actions of the Venezuelan National Telecommunications Commission (CONATEL), in collusion with the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (SEBIN), that led to the arbitrary arrest and imprisonment of eight Twitter users between September and October of 2014. Recent journalistic investigations show that William Castillo, head of CONATEL, provided numerous intelligence reports to general Gustavo González-López, head of SEBIN and current minister of the interior, which facilitated the identification, location, and arrest of eight individuals who sent tweets critical of the Venezuelan government. Five of them are still being held in SEBIN’s infamous prison awaiting trial.

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