Cuba has freed all 53 prisoners in historic deal

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Cuba has completed the release of 53 political prisoners that was part of last month’s historic deal between the United States and Cuba, the Obama administration said on Monday. The move would clear a major hurdle for the normalization of ties between the two countries after more than five decades of estrangement.

Cuba’s leading human rights group said it had not been informed of any prisoner release since Thursday, when the total count stood at 41. The Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation has been keeping close track of the liberation of prisoners since they began last week, reporting releases within hours after hearing from family members or prisoners themselves. Most of the released dissidents belong to the Patriotic Union of Cuba, a vehemently anti-government group based in far eastern Cuba.

Jose Daniel Ferrer, head of the group, told the Associated Press that his count was the same…

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