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Amnistía Internacional, 13 Abril, 2012. Documento en inglés.
Further information on UA: 99/12 Index: AMR 25/015/2012 Cuba Date: 13 April 2012
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 him 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.