Cuba’s Penal Code Targets Political Dissenters

by R. M. Vargas, The Chicago Times

May 17, 2022

HAVANA – Communist Cuba’s National Assembly of People’s Power enacted a new penal code that tightens existing limits on dissent against communist policies and leaders.

According to Cuban Supreme Court President Rubén Remigio Ferro the new penal code will bring increased restrictions on Cuban citizens that attempt unauthorized contact with foreign organizations and individuals.  The new law also bans foreign financing.

“Yes, it is a modern and very inclusive code that promotes prevention and education before repression that imposes sanctions with sufficient rigor for crimes against the State and social peace” Ferro said in a statement.

Cuba’s communist police force is brutally efficient is beating down dissent.  In July 2021, mass protests throughout Cuba over food and medicine shortages have led to the arrest of hundreds of average Cuban citizens who are now facing over 20 years in prison for simply voicing their anger for basic needs.  When interviewed, Ferro declined to comment if his family or any government official also faced food shortages and medical care in July 2021.

Ferro went on the explain that the new penal code included sentencing guidelines of 10 to 30 years in prison for dissenters that associate with foreign organizations or individuals not sanctioned by the ruling Communist Party of Cuba.  Ferro also added that some would receive the death penalty under the new law.

Under the new law, dissenters who insult communist officials can be sentenced to five years in prison.  In addition, citizens that express freedom of thought that may incite revolution against the communist government could face up to 10 years in prison.