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Human Rights Oral History Project
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Human Rights Oral History Project

  • CHC5312
  • Collection
  • 2013

The Human Rights Oral History Project digital collection of the Cuban Heritage Collection includes videos and outlines of oral history interviews with Cuban dissidents.  In its first phase, the project focuses on the Black Spring of 2003 when the ...

Álvarez Ramos, Pedro Pablo

Interview with Pedro Pablo Álvarez Ramos, who served as a labor union member and president of the Consejo Unitario de Trabajadores Cubanos (Unitary Council of Cuban Workers) and was an active organizer for the Varela Project.

Constantin, Henry

Interview with Henry Constantin, Cuban journalist, writer, and blogger. After being expelled from journalism school twice in Cuba, he began writing for several blogs, news sites, and on twitter about the realities of Cuban life.

Iglesias Ramírez, Regis

Interview with Regis Iglesias Ramírez, who worked with Oswaldo Payá as a spokesperson, council member and organizer of the Varela Project, a petition calling for free elections and improved human rights in Cuba.

Pardo Lazo, Orlando Luis

Interview with Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo, a Cuban dissident writer, journalist, and artist. He founded the independent e-zine Voces in 2010, one of the earliest independent blogs in Cuba to openly criticize the government. He has also written severa...

Rivero , Janisset

Interview with Janisset Rivero, a Cuban activist and founding member of Directorio Democratico Cubano. In 1994, Janisset initiated Operación Boitel, a campaign of travel to other countries to incite support for the Cuban opposition movement. She t...

Alpízar, María Elena

Interview with María Elena Alpízar, an independent journalist who wrote an article in May 2003 introducing the Damas de Blanco. She also marched with the female relatives of jailed dissidents and continues to support Cuban dissidents following her...

García Paneque, José Luis

Interview with José Luis García Paneque, a medical doctor with a specialty in traumatology and plastic surgery who served as president of the Las Tunas chapter of the unofficial Cuban Independent Medical Association (Colegio Médico Independiente d...

Miranda, Roberto de and Soledad Rivas

Interview with Roberto de Miranda and Soledad Rivas. Roberto de Miranda was a professor in Cuba and the leader of El Colegio de Pedagogos Independientes (College of Independent Teachers of Cuba), and Soledad Rivas, his wife, was a founding member ...

Navarro , Sayli

Interview with Sayli Navarro, a leader of Las Damas de Blanco (Ladies in White) in Matanzas. Navarro’s father Felix was imprisoned in 1993 and again in 2003, leading her and her mother to participate in the activist group.

Payá Acevedo, Rosa María

Interview with Rosa María Payá Acevedo, an activist in the Christian Liberation Movement who did an international tour promoting an independent investigation of the events leading to the death of her father Oswaldo Payá and Harold Cepero in July 2...

Sánchez, Yoani

Interview with Yoani Sanchez, a leading Cuban dissident blogger who gained international fame for her negative portrayal of everyday life in communist Cuba. As one of the first independent journalists to reach the western world with accurate depic...

Fariñas, Guillermo

Interview with Guillermo Fariñas, a Cuban dissident and independent journalist known for his hunger strikes in protest of the Cuban regime's censorship and violation of human rights.

Soler, Berta

Interview with Berta Soler, who is a founding member and acting leader of the Damas de Blanco, an organization formed by the female relatives of jailed dissidents that has become a nonviolent protest group calling for the improvement of human righ...

Díaz Fernández, Carmelo

Interview with Carmelo Díaz Fernández, an independent Cuban journalist who was arrested and sentenced during Cuba’s Black Spring in 2003 and released in 2004 for health reasons.

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