More disturbing human rights news for Cuba supporters. The island nation now ranks behind only Iran and the Congo when it comes to meting out the death penalty, based on percentage of population.
At least 21 people were executed by firing squad in Cuba last year, and another 24 are now on death row, according to a report compiled by Elizardo Sanchez, head of the Havana-based Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation.
Sanchez's three-page report, which was faxed to Human Rights Watch (HRW) in New York, relies on information provided by the families of those executed.
HRW, Amnesty International and the United Nations Commission on Human Rights had only last year called on Cuba to impose a moratorium on capital punishment. Instead, Cuba included drug trafficking, armed robbery and the importing of banned materials among the crimes punishable by death.
The Cuban embassy in Ottawa did not respond to a request for comment.