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Cuba Cracks Down Ahead of Papal Visit

March 20, 2012 2 minute Read by Lindsay Lloyd

Just days before Pope Benedict XVI arrives in Cuba, the Castro regime has shut down one of the few tolerated protests in the country.  The Ladies in White (Damas de Blanco) is comprised of female relatives of political prisoners.  The group formed after the Black Spring crackdown in 2003, when the Cuban authorities arrested and imprisoned 75 leading dissidents and human rights activists.  The Ladies in White have organized peaceful protests ever since, attending Mass at a Catholic church in Havana and then silently marching in a vigil after services.  This week, as this Miami Herald article details, the Cuban government has banned the Ladies in White from demonstrating.  Cuba's human rights groups and dissidents are calling on the Pope to speak out and pressure the Castro government on the horrific state of human rights in Cuba. http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/03/19/2702661/cubas-ladies-in-white-warned-public.html This post was written by Lindsay Lloyd, Program Director of the Freedom Collection at the George W. Bush Institute.


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Lindsay Lloyd
Lindsay Lloyd

Lindsay Lloyd is the Deputy Director of the Human Freedom Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute, where he manages original research and programmatic efforts to advance freedom and democracy in the world. Lindsay currently leads the Bush Institute’s Freedom in North Korea project, which raises awareness of human rights violations in North Korea, proposes new policy solutions, and engages leaders to help improve the lives of the North Korean people.  Lindsay is also responsible for managing the Freedom Collection, a multimedia archive that documents the stories of nonviolent freedom advocates from around the word. 

Prior to joining the Bush Institute, Lindsay served for 16 years at the International Republican Institute (IRI), most recently as senior advisor for policy.   Previously, he was IRI’s regional director for Europe and co-director of the regional program for Central and Eastern Europe, which was based in Slovakia.  At IRI, Lindsay worked with candidates, elected officials, political parties, and civil society activists to develop lasting democratic institutions.

Before joining IRI, Lindsay worked for several members and the leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives, as political director for a political action committee, and for Jack Kemp’s 1988 presidential campaign. He graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. 

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