July 6, 2020

AI asks by letter to the King that in Cuba he be interested in José Daniel Ferrer and the release of six prisoners of conscience

According to AI, it is José Pilot Guide, president of the Republican Party of Cuba, who is serving a five-year sentence for "public disorder" and "contempt"; Silverio Portal Contreras, exactivist of the Ladies in White who turns four for "contempt" and "public disorder" and Mitzael Díaz Paseiro, member of the Orlando Zapata Tamayo National Resistance Front (FNRC-OZT) that, since 2017, meets a four-year sentence for "dangerousness".

The other three are Eliecer Bandera Barrera, an activist from the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) who, convicted of "danger" from 2015 to 2021; Edilberto Ronal Azuaga, an UNPACU activist, reportedly imprisoned for not paying a fine, and Roberto de Jesús Quiñones Haces, a lawyer and journalist from Cubanet, arrested last September 11 after being convicted, one month before, of resistance and disobedience by the Municipal Court of the city of Guantanamo.

AI, which emphasizes that Cuba is the only country in America to which it does not have access, demands that they be released immediately and that their sentences be revoked because, according to the organization, they are "imprisoned exclusively for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of expression, association and peaceful gathering ".

Second, Amnesty International wants the King to ask the Cuban authorities to immediately inform José Daniel Ferrer of the charges against him or, otherwise, release him.

Ferrer, leader of UNPACU, was arrested on October 1 at his home in Santiago de Cuba and the authorities have not officially reported the reasons for his arrest or been presented before a court. AI fears that his detention will be arbitrary and demands that he be guaranteed immediate access to his family, a lawyer of his choice and an adequate medical examination.

On the other hand, the organization asks the King to intercede so that the harassment against the critical artists Luis Manuel Otero and Amaury Pacheco, 'El OmniPoeta', ceases, and Decree 349 that prohibits all artistic activity in public or private spaces without the prior approval of the Ministry of Culture.

He also calls for the abolition of the death penalty for all crimes because, according to AI, the Cuban authorities are "playing mouse and cat", stating that "Cuba, by philosophy, is contrary to the application of the death penalty" but that will eliminate it "when the favorable conditions exist".

Thus, it is maintained for crimes of homicide, death threat, aggravated rape, terrorism, kidnapping, piracy, drug trafficking, espionage and treason. The last executions – by execution – were in 2003 and, as far as it is known, there are no death sentences at this time.

For Amnesty International, although "there is no longer a Castro in the presidency of the country, there are no major changes in human rights," as demonstrated by the Universal Periodic Review of the United Nations Human Rights Council.

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