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The Cuban government continues to repress and punish dissent and public criticism by using repressive tactics including beatings, public shaming, travel restrictions or termination of employment. Political opponents, human rights defenders and journalists are often prosecuted and convicted for offences against State security. Some of them are placed in short-term detention without any court order, on the basis of the use of ambiguous criminal concepts such as “pre-criminal social dangerousness”, which justify the imposition of security measures, restrictions on freedom of movement, intrusive surveillance, physical aggression and other acts of intimidation and harassment. Detention is often used to prevent people from participating in peaceful marches or meetings to discuss politics. There are many reports of the use of coercive methods and even torture during questioning, in particular sleep deprivation, solitary confinement and exposure to sudden temperature changes. The OMCT monitors the repression of human rights defenders and calls for the release of all persons arbitrarily detained for their political opinions.