( South Florida Sun) – A handful of political prisoners have been released, but too many others remain unjustifiably imprisoned in Cuba . They must all be set free. Last year, 75 people, including independent journalists and librarians, were arrested, tried and sentenced to a collective term of 1,400 years. Their crime: They chose to think and speak freely in a society where such liberty is not permitted. In recent months, seven prisoners have been released. Observers suspect some were released because of ill health and the Cuban government’s desire to avoid more international condemnation if they were to die behind bars. However, Amnesty International lists about 78 prisoners of conscience in the island’s jails. Still, it is inspiring to hear that Cuba ‘s political prisoners are not forgotten. Just this week, Cuba ‘s highest-profile dissenter, Oswaldo Payá, who heads the Christian Liberation Movement, called for renewed efforts to press for their freedom. Payá’s plea for the release of all Cuban political prisoners is aimed at governments and international bodies like the United Nations and the Organization of American States.