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Amnesty: Cuba releases 3 prisoners of conscience

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HAVANA (AP) -- Amnesty International says three Cubans it designated as prisoners of conscience last week have been released.

The Human Rights watchdog says in a statement that Ivonne Malleza Galano, Ignacio Martinez Montejo and Isabel Haydee Alvarez were freed on Friday.

Earlier that day, Amnesty sent an urgent action notice saying they had been held without charge since Nov. 30 and demanding they be set free.

Their release came a day after the death in custody of Wilman Villar, described by government opponents as a dissident on hunger strike. Amnesty said last week it was going to designate him as a prisoner of conscience too, when he died.

The human rights group announced the prisoner releases Monday.

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