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Five jailed dissidents which Amnesty International named prisoners of conscience in 2013 were released between 7 and 8 January. Three remain under conditional release.
Two government critics and their neighbor were released on 9 December. Their charges have not been dropped and they have now been placed under house arrest.
Roberto de Jesús Guerra Pérez, director of the independent news agency Hablemos Press has been receiving threatening telephone calls and was assaulted on the streets of Havana.
The head of a Cuban human rights organization and his wife have received death threats from government supporters.