For the first time in almost a decade, Cuba has allowed foreign journalists to visit several of its prisons.
It's part of an effort to show improvements ahead of a review of the government's human rights record at the United Nations. But access for expert monitors like the Red Cross remains barred.
These days far fewer Cubans are being imprisoned for their political views, but activists say hundreds of dissidents still suffer detention by police.
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