The last two members of a group of 75 Cuban dissidents who were handed down long prison sentences in 2003 are to be released soon.
The archbishop's office in Cuba says teacher and political activist Félix Navarro and fellow activist José Daniel Ferrer will be freed. Mr Navarro's daughter says her father may even be released today.
Between 2003 and 2010, 23 members of the Group of 75 had already been granted their freedom. Last year, Cuban leader Raúl Castro promised to release the remaining 52, after intervention by the Roman Catholic church. Eleven members however refused to agree to the conditions attached to their freedom. They insisted they should be allowed to remain in Cuba after their release. The other released dissidents were forced into exile in Spain. In the past nine months nine of the eleven have been freed.
One of 75 dissidents is Sakharov rights prize winner Guillermo Farinas, who went on a high-profile hunger strike last year after fellow dissident Orlando Zapata died on hunger strike earlier in the year.
According to Human Rights Watch, the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation has documented more than 100 cases of political prisoners still being held in Cuba after the latest releases. HRW believes the actual number of dissidents in prison could be higher.© ANP/AFP