When the Cuban Catholic Church announced that 52 jailed political dissidents would be released several days ago no one knew who, when and where – slowly those details are coming out, making this unprecedented action by the Cuban government more of a reality.
Yesterday 12 names of detainees to be released were provided on top of 5 identified earlier. All of these individuals have accepted asylum in Spain, who has agreed to accept them as a condition of their release. The landmark deal was brokered by the Spanish government and the Catholic Church; though over 100 political prisoners remain in jail and are not part of these negotiations.
The 52 release-es are among a group of journalists and political activists that were jailed on charges of treason for their actions and public voice against the government in 2003; most have been in jail since then. All that remains unknown is when they will be released.