Cuba

Prisoner complains of conjugal visit facility

HOLGUÍN, Cuba, July 7 (José Ramón Pupo, Holguín Press / www.cubanet.org) – Prisoner of conscience Alfredo Dominguez says the room provided for the last conjugal visit by his wife to the Las Tunas provincial prison was unsanitary.

Dominguez said his wife, Melba, was kept waiting for two hours at the prison before anyone attended to her. When they finally went to the room, he said it was dirty, lacked sheets and towels and a ventilator. “The heat made one feel like he was in a steam bath,” he said.

Domínguez, one of the Group of 75 considered prisoners of conscience by Amnesty International, was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment in 2003.

Restrictions on beach near Interests Section

HAVANA, Cuba, July 7 (Aleaga Pesant, www.cubanet.org) - The government has placed new restrictions on swimming and fishing off the beach in front of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana.

According to fishermen, the restrictions were imposed as a result of the landing at the beach last month by a group of rafters who might have been planning to leave for the United States by sea.

They did not specify what the new restrictions were.

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