Here Are 53 Political Prisoners Cuba Has Released

Cuba releases political prisoners to re-establish diplomatic relations with U.S.

ByABC NEWS
January 12, 2015, 3:28 PM
PHOTO: El Capitolio in Havana, Cuba, Dec. 18, 2014.
El Capitolio in Havana, Cuba, Dec. 18, 2014.
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— -- The Obama administration has confirmed reports that Cuba has released all 53 political prisoners that it promised to free as part of the deal to re-establish diplomatic relations with the United States.

“The Cuban Government has notified us that they have completed the release of the 53 political prisoners that they had committed to free. We welcome this very positive development and are pleased that the Cuban government followed through on this commitment,” National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said in a statement. “Our Interests Section in Havana was able to verify these releases. These political prisoners were individuals who had been cited by various human rights organizations as being imprisoned by the Cuban government for exercising internationally protected freedoms or for their promotion of political and social reforms in Cuba. During our discussions with the Cubans, we shared the names of individuals jailed in Cuba on charges related to their political activities. The Cuban government made the sovereign decision to release those individuals as Raul Castro indicated in his Dec. 17 speech.”

Here are their names, according to a list obtained by ABC News.

1. Emilio Planas Robert 2. Alexeis Vargas Martin 3. Diango Vargas Martin 4. Bianko Vargas Martin 5. Ivan Fernandez Depestre 6. Sonia Garro Alfonso 7. Ramon Alejandro Munoz 8. Eugenio Hernandez Hernandez 9. Juliet Michelena Diaz 10. Angel Yunier Remon Arzuaga 11. Vladimir Morera Bacallao 12. Jorge Ramirez Calderon 13. Marcelino Abreu Bonora 14. Wilberto Parada Milan 15. Alcibiades Guerrra Marin 16. Jose Leiva Diaz 17. Eider Frometa Allen 18. Alexander Roberto Fernandez Rico 19. Aracelio Riviaux Noa 20. David Piloto Barcel 21. Enrique Figuerola Miranda 22. Jose Manuel Rodriguez Navarro 23. Lazaro Romero Hurtado 24. Luis Enrique Labrador Diaz 25. Madaline Lazara Caraballo Betancourt (on probation) 26. Miguel Alberto Ullao Ginard 27. Reiner Mulet Levis 28. Roberto Hernandez Barrio 29. Alexander Otero Rodriguez 30. Angel Figueredo Castellon 31. Anoy Almeida Perez 32. Carlos Manuel Figueroa Alvarez 33. Cesar Andres Sanchez Perez 34. Daniel Enrique Qezada Chaveco 35. David Bustamante Rodriguez 36. Eliso Castillo Gonzalez 37. Ernesto Robero Rivery Gascon 38. Ernesto Tamayo Guerra 39. Haydee Gallardo Salazar 40. Jorge Cervantes Garcia 41. Jose Lino Ascencio Lopez 42. Juan Carlos Vasquez Osoria 43. Julio Cesar Vega Santiesteban 44. Leonardo Paumier Ramirez 45. Miguel Tamayo Frias 46. Miguel Guerra Hastie 47. Niorvis Rivera Guerra 48. Rolando Reyes Rabanal 49. Ruberlandis Mainet Villalon 50. Sandalio Mejias Zulueta 51. Vladimir Ortiz Suarez 52. Yojarnes Arce Sarmiento 53. Yordenis Mendoza Cobas

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