Cuba has agreed to move political prisoners held in far-off jails to facilities closer to their hometowns and transfer sick prisoners to hospitals, a dissident said on Saturday, following talks between Catholic Church leaders and President Raul Castro this week.
A Catholic Church source, speaking on condition his name not be used, confirmed what Farinas said. “Everything appears that is what will happen,” he said.
Cardinal Jaime Ortega and Archbishop of Santiago de Cuba Dionisio Garcia, who heads the Cuban Bishops’ Conference, held a four-and-a-half-hour meeting with Castro in Havana on Wednesday which they both described as positive.
Its nice to see the Catholic Church in its traditional role as advocate for the powerless. Church authorities apparently on working for the possible release of some political prisoners, although their numbers are in dispute.