Washington, DC- The Cuba Study Group today released the following statement in reaction to news of the Cuban government's commitment to release at least 52 political prisoners over the next three to four months: "We are extremely pleased by today's announcement that the Cuban government has committed to a process of freeing at least 52 political prisoners over the next three to four months. We welcome and appreciate the constructive role being played by the Catholic Church in Cuba in a process begun by members of civil society, including: Orlando Zapata Tamayo, the Ladies in White and Guillermo Fariñas. While we urge the Catholic Church to continue its role as a positive mediator, we recognize that a solution to the country's many problems requires a true national dialogue where members of Cuba's civil society are represented. In addition, we call on the Catholic Church of Cuba to continue its work to secure the release of all political prisoners, including over 100 additional individuals not addressed in today's announcement. The Cuba Study Group calls on U.S. officials to respond to the positive development in Cuba with substantive measures." The Archdiocese of Havana today issued a statement confirming that during a meeting today between Cuban President Raul Castro, Cardinal Jaime Ortega and Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos, the Cuban government had committed to releasing at least 52 political prisoners over the next three to four months, beginning with five releases in the coming hours. ###


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7/28/10 Fidel absent, Raul silent at Cuba's Revolution Day
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7/27/10 In Cuba, Revolution Day Without Castro at Podium
Victoria Burnett, New York Times
7/27/10 Raul Castro: Cuba and Venezuela are Moving Towards the Economic Union
Cuba News Agency
7/27/10 Fidel makes latest appearance as Cuba says no rush on reform
Rosa Tania Valdes, Reuters
7/26/10 In Support of Good Judgement
Miriam Leiva and Oscar Espinosa Chepe
7/26/10 Cuba-watchers look for signals today
AP, Boston Globe
7/26/10 Political prisoners in Spain confronted with maze of immigration rules
Juan Tamayo, Miami Herald
7/25/10 Raul Castro prepares Cuban Revolution Day speech
Paul Haven, Miami Herald
7/24/10 Havana Dreaming
Newsweek, Arian Campo-Flores
7/23/10 Cuba sets shake-up for powerful health minister
AP, Miami Herald
7/22/10 3 new Cuban dissidents arrive in Spain
Jorge Sainz, Miami Herald
7/22/10 U.S. officials seize computers bound for Cuba that were donated by Vancouver residents
The Province, Jack Keating
7/22/10 Memories of harsh lessons
Ricardo Gonzalez Alfonso, New York Times
7/22/10 Freedom awaits more in Cuban jails
Juan Tamayo, Miami Herald
7/21/10 Relatives briefed on U.S. entry process
Juan Tamayo, Miami Herald
7/20/10 Cuba ready to free more political prisoners: parliament chief
AFP
7/20/10 Motivated People Grow. So does the Cuban People
Miriam Leiva, Independent Journalist
7/20/10 Cuban dissidents claim they were misled by Spain
Jorge Sainz, Miami Herald
7/20/10 Cuban migrant on Styrofoam boat will be sent to Guantánamo
Alfonso Chardy, El Nuevo Herald
7/20/10 Cuba's Ladies in White vow to march on
Juan Tamayo, Miami Herald
7/18/10 Out of Prison, Still Not Free
Ricardo Gonzalez Alfonso, New York Times
7/18/10 11 Cuban prisoners, expatriated to Spain, are weary, ailing, defiant and free
Fabiola Santiago, Miami Herald
7/18/10 Cubans warned of workforce cuts
Associated Press
7/18/10 Spain to take 9 more Cuban political prisoners
Associated Press
7/16/10 Unleashing an Internet Revolution in Cuba
7/16/10 USA/Cuba politics: Time to adjust policy?
7/16/10 Havana Calling
7/16/10 U.S. Should Put End to Cuba Telecom Restrictions, Report Says
7/16/10 Cuban prisoners say they shared cells with rats
7/16/10 Fidel Castro in public again, at aquarium
7/15/10 Lula ``feliz'' con liberaciones
7/15/10 Cuban rafter from Styrofoam boat awaits decision on where he'll go
7/14/10 Safe in Spain, Cuban dissidents vow to continue struggle
7/14/10 Cuba releases new photos of Fidel Castro in public
7/14/10 Cuban migrant found floating on Styrofoam boat
7/14/10 Clinton asks Jewish support to free worker in Cuba
7/13/10 7 freed political prisoners from Cuba start new lives in Spain
7/13/10 Interview with Pedro Argüelles
7/13/10 Cuba frees prisoners to improve image, economy
7/13/10 Seven Cuban political prisoners freed; flown to Madrid
7/13/10 Fidel Castro appears on TV; 7 dissidents freed
7/12/10 Cuba prepares to fly the first freed dissidents abroad
7/11/10 Cuban Prisoner Releases Shift Focus to Dissidents
7/10/10 Cuban church identifies 12 more dissidents for release
7/9/10 Clinton welcomes reported deal on Cuban prisoners
7/8/10 Cuba dissident Farinas ends hunger strike
7/8/10 Church: Castro to free prisoners
7/7/10 Cuba Agrees to Free Third of Its Political Prisoners
7/7/10 Current Record
7/7/10 Cuba to free political prisoners, Catholic Church announces
7/7/10 Cuba Communists want member expelled for essay
7/7/10 FM: Spain wants more progress on Cuba human rights