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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.
Lindsay Lloyd is the Bradford M. Freeman 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. This includes the work of the 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; the Freedom and Democracy project, which seeks to support U.S. leadership in the world and reenergize our democracy at home; and the Liberty and Leadership Program, which works to equip emerging young leaders in Burma with the skills and knowledge they need to help guide their country’s democratic transition. Lindsay also oversees the Institute’s North Korea Freedom Scholarship, which provides financial and other support for North Korean refugees and their children to pursue higher education.
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.Full Bio