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Cuban Rights Group Says Political Jailings Increase


A leading Cuban human rights group says the number of political prisoners has jumped 10 percent in the past six months in the communist country.

The Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation, based in Havana, reports the number of documented prisoners now stands at 333. The group says it has no way of knowing how many other people may also be detained.

The Cuban government says it does not hold any prisoners of conscience, only common criminals.

But the commission says the government continues to hold 60 of 75 dissidents arrested during a roundup of pro-democracy leaders in 2003.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.