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Cuban prisoner of conscience still held: José Daniel Ferrer García

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held: José Daniel Ferrer García

Further information on UA: 99/12 Index: AMR 25/015/2012 Cuba Date: 13
April 2012

URGENT ACTION

CUBAN PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE STILL HELD

Cuban government critic José Daniel Ferrer García has been detained
without charge for more than 10 days. Amnesty International considers hi
m to be a prisoner of conscience, detained solely for peacefully
exercising his right to freedom of expression. 42 others arrested at the
same time have now been released.

José Daniel Ferrer García, the coordinator of the Patriotic Union of
Cuba (Union Patriótica de Cuba, UNPACU) has been detained without charge
since 2 April when he was arrested by security forces along with 42
others as part of a crackdown on government critics in the province of
Santiago de Cuba. The others detained – who included his wife Belkis
Cantillo Ramírez, a member of the protest group Ladies in White – were
all released without a charge a few days after their arrest.

José Daniel Ferrer García is being held at the provincial headquarters
of the Department of State Security (Departamento de Seguridad del
Estado) in the neighbourhood of Versalles, on the outskirts of the city
of Santiago de Cuba. He has yet to be charged and has not had access to
a lawyer.

José Daniel Ferrer García was previously declared a prisoner of
conscience by Amnesty International, along with 74 others who were
imprisoned in 2003 solely for their the peaceful expression of their
opinions. He was granted conditional release in March 2011, having
served eight of his 25 year sentence. Under the terms of his release, he
could be sent back to prison to serve out the remainder of his sentence.
Amnesty International believes his arrest is an attempt to repress the
peaceful dissident activities he and members of UNPACU are undertaking
in eastern Cuba and the organization is once again adopting him as a
prisoner of conscience.

Please write immediately in Spanish or your own language:

Calling on the authorities to release José Daniel Ferrer García
immediately and unconditionally, as Amnesty International believes he is
a prisoner of conscience, detained solely for peacefully exercising his
right to freedom of expression;

Urging them to cease immediately the harassment and intimidation of
citizens who peacefully exercise their rights to freedom of expression
and association.

PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 23 MAY 2012 TO :

Head of State and Government

Raúl Castro Ruz

Presidente de la República de Cuba

La Habana,

Cuba

Fax: +53 7 83 33 085 (via Foreign Ministry)

+1 212 779 1697 (via Cuban Mission to UN)

Email: cuba@un.int (c/o Cuban Mission to UN)

Salutation: Your Excellency

Interior Minister

General Abelardo Coloma Ibarra

Ministro del Interior y Prisiones

Ministerio del Interior,

Plaza de la Revolución,

La Habana,

Cuba

Fax: +1 212 779 1697 (via Cuban Mission to UN)

Email: correominint@mn.mn.co.cu

Salutation: Dear Minister

And copies to:

Attorney General

Dr. Darío Delgado Cura

Fiscal General de la República,

Fiscalía General de la República, Amistad 552, e/Monte y Estrella,
Centro Habana

La Habana,

Cuba

Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country.

Please check with your section office if sending appeals after the above
date. This is the first update of UA 99/12. Further information:
http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/AMR25/012/2012

URGENT ACTION
CUBAN PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE STILL HELD
ADditional Information

Prisoner of conscience José Daniel Ferrer García was granted conditional
release in March 2011 following eight years imprisonment. He was one of
75 people who were arrested and sentenced following a crackdown on Cuban
dissidence in March 2003. All 75 were adopted as prisoners of conscience
by Amnesty International, as they had acted non-violently and were
imprisoned under Cuban legislation which illegitimately criminalizes
political dissent. José Daniel Ferrer García was sentenced to 25 years
imprisonment in relation to his participation in the Varela Project,
which aimed at requesting a national referendum on democratic reforms.
Article 31.1.4 of the Cuban Criminal Code states that conditional
release allows a prisoner to see out the remainder of their sentence
outside prison provided they demonstrate "good behaviour" ("buena
conducta").

José Daniel Ferrer García was recently arrested in Havana, on 21
February 2012 and held incommunicado until his release without charge
three days later (See UAs:
http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/AMR25/005/2012/en;
http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/AMR25/006/2012/en.)

The Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) is an umbrella group of dissident
organizations, based primarily in Santiago de

Cuba, but also in neighbouring provinces of eastern Cuba. UNPACU seeks
democratic change in Cuba via non-violent means.

Since UNPACU's creation in mid-2011, its members have faced constant
harassment and intimidation form the Cuban authorities, including
arbitrary detention. One of UNPACU's members, prisoner of conscience
Wilman Villar Mendoza died in January 2012 following a hunger strike in
protest at his four-year prison sentence following a summary trial. This
repression is part of a general crackdown against dissidents in the
eastern provinces of Cuba which has gathered pace since mid-2011 and has
intensified since just before the Pope's visit to Cuba at the end of
March 2012.

On 2 April, 100 officials from the Department of State Security and
police officers arrived at José Daniel's house in Palmarito de Cauto,
Santiago de Cuba Province. The officers reportedly broke in and arrested
him and his wife Belkis, along with four others. 37 other government
critics were also arrested at the same time in Palma de Soriano and El
Caney, both in Santiago de Cuba Province.

Name: José Daniel Ferrer García

Gender m/f: m

Further information on UA: 99/12 Index: AMR 25/015/2012 Issue Date: 13
April 2012

http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/AMR25/015/2012/en/3ffa1de6-38d6-42ce-b7dd-8c706538dab6/amr250152012en.html

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