human rights defender Laura Pollán, who died Friday from
respiratory complications at a Havana hospital, fought a mighty battle against
the Cuban government for almost a decade. Pollán, 63, leaves behind her husband,
the award-winning independent journalist Héctor Maseda Gutiérrez, and a daughter.
She also leaves a legacy of determination, courage, and creativity. Her powerful
belief in justice was ultimately rewarded when dozens of wrongly imprisoned dissidents
and journalists, including her husband, were freed from prison over the last
two years, in large part due to her efforts.