Rita's Church in Havana to pray for their relatives.After each Mass, they began a ritual procession from the church to a nearby park.
Soler offered the following thoughts prior to being arrested: "For us, it's very important that we do this so President Obama knows that there are women here fighting for the liberty of political prisoners.
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The re-establishment of diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba in December 2014 brought renewed hope for an end to the US economic embargo, which has had a dire impact on the human rights of ordinary Cubans.
But while tourists flock to the island to experience its romantic, old-world charm before it “changes”, less romantic is its history of restricting freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, still shown in the authorities’ determination to stifle dissent.
On 21 March, Amnesty International designated imprisoned Ladies in White member Yasmin Conyedo Riveron and her husband Yusmani Rafael Alvarez Esmori as prisoners of conscience.
The two had been arrested in January and charged with "violence against a state official" following an argument with a local Communist Party official.
The white clothing they wear is reminiscent of the Argentine Madres de Plaza de Mayo, who used a similar strategy to demand information about their missing children from the 1970s military junta.
Each marcher wears a button with a photo of her jailed relative and the number of years to which he has been sentenced.
At times, sizable mobs have attacked the Ladies in White, yelling insults at them, and assisting the police to throw them into police buses.
In 2005, the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought was awarded jointly to Reporters without Borders, Nigerian human rights lawyer Huawa Ibrahim, and the Ladies in White.
Although it is unclear if the United States had a role in creating the organization, classified diplomatic cables released by Wiki Leaks show that the U. Interests Section requested funding for the Ladies in White and that working with the group figures prominently in the section’s activities.