Update: Cuban journalists released

Sunday, March 12, 2000

We're also happy to share some good news. Cuban dissidents Marta Beatriz Roque Cabello and Felix Bonne, subject of protest letters on February 29, 2000 and March 12, 1999, have been released from prison with "conditional liberty" for the rest of their sentences. CJFE wrote both to Fidel Castro and also Lloyd Axworthy regarding this case, and received lengthy replies from Minister Axworthy.

Amesty International and PEN International also actively campaigned for the release of Roque and Bonne. Rene Gomez Manzano and Vladimiro Roca, who were convicted in March 1998 for "inciting sedition" along with Roque and Bonne were, are still in prison.