Néstor Rodríguez Lobaina

Nestor Rodriguez Lobaina is a Cuban pro-democracy activist. In 1999 he was arrested for participating in a hunger strike in support of the Tamarindo 34, a group that completed 40 days of fasting for the 40 years Fidel Castro had been in power. In 2000 he was arrested again and sentenced to 6 years in prison – leading Amnesty International to label him a prisoner of conscience. He was released in July 2005.

Lobaina was invited to 2010’s Geneva Summit, but the Cuban regime refused to let him travel. After a protest by the Summit, he was arrested and detained for several days. He was however able to send in a short video, and attended in 2012 after his release in April 2011.