Human rights and artistic expression remain huge problems in Cuba

Jay Leiderman
By: Jay Leiderman
January 28 2015

Cuba: Performance Artist Is Freed [but must remain in the country pending adjudication of her charges.]

“The Cuban performance artist Tania Bruguera was released from custody on Friday after her third arrest this week related to her efforts to push for freedom of expression. Her #YoTambienExijo (I also demand) support group said she returned to her mother’s house after being released from a police station, though the authorities had not returned her passport. They told Ms. Bruguera, who divides her time between Cuba, New York and France, that she could not leave the country while ‘resistance and public disorder’ charges were pending.”

Basic civil rights, including the right to free expression, to be free from oppression, to simply live free, still do not exist in Cuba. Cuba is still a police state. Political protest is not accepted. Cuba’s governmental and prosecutorial overreach – two things inextricably intertwined in that country, continue to strike foul and unjust blows.

cuba still has a long way to go towards freedom

As usual, it is the activist that suffers. Here, Ms. Bruguera was arrested for nothing more than expression. She will face the criminal courts as a result. The deck is always stacked against the defendant in such situations. It is, after all, a presumption of guilty until proven innocent in such forboden lands. We should all applaud Ms. Bruguera’s heroic work and we should not forget that she faces jail and prison.

Big brother is alive and well in Cuba. Perhaps with renewed economic relations, there is a hope that the Cuban government will cease and desist this atrocious behavior. it reminds us that fighting against unjust systems is always a priority. We are not free until everyone is free. This injustice must not stand. Cuba, transparency for your state is needed.


[Ventura County, California criminal defense lawyer and State Bar Certified Criminal Law Specialist Jay Leiderman provides defense of cases involving oppression leveled against activists and hacktivists. He does all types of cases involving the digital revolution, civil rights, political dissent, emerging tech issues in the courts, piracy, Search and seizure issues, freedom on the internet, fighting against unjust systems, governmental and prosecutorial overreach, medical marijuana, and overall injustice. Jay fights for the underdog. Jay is a lifetime member of the NORML Legal Committee. Jay is pro-privacy for hte individual and believes in transparency for hte state and large corporations. He is also a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), The National Lawyer’s Guild (NLG), The California Public Defender’s Association (CPDA) and is also a lifetime member of California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ). He is admitted to practice in state and federal courts.]