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Transgender Cuban woman’s 14-year prison sentence upheld

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Cuba’s highest court has upheld the 14-year prison sentence that a transgender woman with HIV received after she participated in an anti-government protest in July 2021.

Tremenda Nota, the Washington Blade’s media partner in Cuba, notes Brenda Díaz was arrested in Güira de Melena in Artemisa province on July 11, 2021.

The Güira de Melena protest was one of dozens against the Cuban government that took place across the country on that day. A Havana court earlier this year sentenced García to 14 years in prison.

She appealed her sentence, but Agencia EFE reported the People’s Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the sentence. The court, according to Agencia EFE, determined García’s sentence was “legal, just” and rational.” The U.S.

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