The International campaign gives visibility to the repression against Cuban artists.
HAVANA TIMES – “Voces presas” (Imprisoned voices) was launched on Thursday November 17th by the international organizations Artists at Risk Connection from PEN America and PEN International, in association with Civil Rights Defenders. It is an international campaign in support of poet Maria Cristina Garrido and rappers Richard Zamora Britto and Randy Arteaga Rivera, three Cuban artists who have been put behind bars by the Cuban Government.
The initiative aims to give visibility to how repression has been stepped up against artists and activists in Cuba ever since the mass protests on July 11 & 12, 2021. Especially the stories of these three Cubans, who were punished for using their work and voices to report violations against freedom of speech and human rights on the archipelago.
The director of Artists at Risk Connection in PEN America, Julie Trebault, said: “Lots of dissident artists have been leading recent protest movements in Cuba, using their platforms and creative tools to challenge the false problems and narratives promoted by the Cuban regime and to appeal for a society where human rights are respected and protected.”
Trebault recalled that Cuban artists that oppose the Government “have [repeatedly] paid a high price for their creative expression and have become victims of prison, surve