Femicides increase in Cuba: a reality that the regime tries to hide

Femicides increase in Cuba: a reality that the regime tries to hide

Published on 14 Jul 2023

46 femicides in the first six months of 2023

The island of Cuba is not the paradise of “protection of the people” that the regime would have you believe. Violence against women is not only naturalized, but has been growing exponentially in recent months.

Figures from observatories and independent organizations show an escalation in the number of murders of women in Cuba so far in 2023. Faced with this, the Díaz-Canel regime in social networks maintains a narrative that not only ignores this reality but practically mocks it by promoting hashtags such as #CubaEsSegura, #ConLaFuerzadelPueblo and #MujeresEnRevolución.

What is intended from the communication apparatus at the service of the regime with this strategy is to take the same propaganda narrative of the traditional media also to social networks, amplifying trends with hundreds of tweets that have nothing to do with the reality that citizens live, and that make it seem that what happens is quickly solved. However, the day-to-day reality of those who live on the island is very different.

We tell you what happened

At the end of June, Cuba reached 46 femicides, an alarming figure that threatens to turn this year into the period with the worst figures of this nature since records have been kept.

In just six months, there have been at least 10 more femicides on the island than in all of 2022, when there were 36 crimes against women independently verified by observatories and independent platforms such as YoSíTeCreoEnCuba, Alas Tensas, Red Femenina de Cuba and the independent legal advice NGO Cubalex, which also denounce that “the situation of social violence continues to worsen, fundamentally male violence.”

To put it in perspective, in the first six months of 2023 in Spain 43 feminicides were registered, while in Cuba 46 were registered; the difference of three victims is extremely significant understanding that in Spain there are 47.42 million inhabitants and in Cuba 11.26 million, so violence against women on the island is much higher.

The regime uses Twitter to hide violence

The macho crimes take place in the midst of an increase in acts of violence of diverse character reported through social networks; a wave of events that the regime and the officialist press insist on denying.

Twitter profiles related to the Interior Ministry forces highlight the alleged “citizen tranquility” under hashtags such as #CubaEsSegura, #ConLaFuerzadelPueblo, and #MujeresEnRevolución.

“Dozens of daily lies or magnification of criminal acts, wrapped in grotesque red chronicle, to offer the world and the millions of network users a destructive image of our society,” posted the official profile of the Ministry of Interior (@MININT_CUBA) on June 28.

The problem is “admitted”, but only half-heartedly

In an unprecedented fact for decades, thanks to the pressure of these observatories, the independent press and citizen complaints, the Supreme People’s Court of Cuba revealed to have issued 18 convictions for male violence during 2022, without specifying more details in this regard than the ratification of two life sentences in all cases.

However, this figure of convictions admitted by the regime against femicides is insignificant compared to the records from 2019 to date that count more than 150 femicides.

In public statements, the platform Yo Sí Te Creo en Cuba cataloged the disclosure of the Supreme People’s Court as “punitive populism that is disclosed when Havana is presented to the Universal Periodic Review of the UN Human Rights Council“.

In fact, for the regime, femicide does not exist. Although the Cuban Penal Code, which came into force in December 2022 typifies the death of a woman victim of gender violence through the circumstances provided for in the crime of “murder”, with penalties ranging from 20 years of imprisonment to the death penalty, the legislative body does not expressly include the crime of femicide, one of the fundamental claims of Cuban feminism.

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