Cuba reportedly releases 28 political prisoners

It is unclear if the 28 prisoners released by are among a group of 53 Cuban political prisoners identified by the U.S.
By JC Finley Follow @JC_Finley Contact the Author   |   Jan. 9, 2015 at 9:48 AM
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HAVANA, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Cuba has released 28 political prisoners, the Miami-based Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba reported Thursday.

Most of the prisoners were released Thursday.

According to the FHRC, 16 of the freed prisoners are members of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU), an anti-opposition dissident group, and the Ladies in White, an opposition group comprised of female relatives of jailed activists.

The release was conditional for some, FHRC told Fox News, noting that members of UNPACU were instructed not to leave the island.

It is unclear if the 28 prisoners released are among a group of 53 identified by the U.S. as having been "jailed in Cuba on charges related to their political activities." In December, the U.S. shared that list with the Cuban government in an effort to gain their release.

State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said Tuesday that "some of the prisoners" had been released but declined to identify the individuals on the list or to specify how many have been released.

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