Received e-mail from Defender Alert Network:
"In the spring of 2003, the Cuban government arrested and summarily tried and sentenced 75 human rights defenders, independent journalists, and librarians to terms of up to 28 years in prison. The wave of arrests is widely considered the most severe crackdown on civil society that Cuba has seen in years. The repressive move was roundly condemned by foreign governments, the United Nations and human rights organizations. Of the 75 who were imprisoned, 14 have since been conditionally released for health reasons."