The Latin American Studies Association (LASA) condemns the political repression in Cuba, and in particular the recent persecution of Cuban historian and intellectual Alina López Hernández. Professor López Hernández is a renowned academic, and member of several Cuban and international professional organizations, including the Academy of History, the Writers’ Association of the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC, by its Spanish acronym) and LASA.
For several months now, Alina López Hernández has been subjected to acts of repression and intimidation by the Cuban authorities, through agents of the National Revolutionary Police (PNR, by its Spanish acronym), State Security agents, and other institutions such as the Attorney General’s Office, in flagrant violation of her human rights and civil rights.
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The Latin American Studies Association (LASA) is the largest professional association in the world for individuals and institutions engaged in the study of Latin America. With over 13,000 members, over 60% of whom reside outside the United States, LASA is the one association that brings together experts on Latin America from all disciplines and diverse occupational endeavors, across the globe. LASA's mission is to foster intellectual discussion, research, and teaching on Latin America, the Caribbean, and its people throughout the Americas, promote the interests of its diverse membership, and encourage civic engagement through network building and public debate.
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