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Urgent Action Update: Defender Sentenced After Criticizing Castro (Cuba: UA 32/17)

Urgent Action
March 28, 2017

Cuban authorities sentenced human rights defender Eduardo Cardet to three years in prison after holding him in provisional prison in Holguín, south-east Cuba, since November 2016. He is a prisoner of conscience who must be released immediately and unconditionally.

 

1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:
  • Calling on the authorities to release Dr. Eduardo Cardet immediately and unconditionally, as he is a prisoner of conscience, imprisoned solely for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression;
  • Calling on them to guarantee the peaceful right to freedom of expression, assembly and association including for dissident, opponent or activist voices and to repeal all legislation which unduly limits these rights;
  • Urging them to ensure that, pending his release, he is provided with any medical care he may require; that he is not tortured or otherwise ill-treated; and that he is granted regular access to family and lawyers of his choosing.
Contact these two officials by 8 May, 2017:
President of the Republic
Raúl Castro Ruz
Presidente de la República de Cuba
La Habana, Cuba
Fax: +41 22 758 9431 (Cuba Office in Geneva); +1 212 779 1697 (via Cuban Mission to UN)
Salutation: Your Excellency
 
Ambassador Jose Cabañas
Embassy of Cuba
2630 16th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Tel: (202) 797 8518 I Fax: (202) 797 0606 
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

 

2) LET US KNOW YOU TOOK ACTION
Here’s why it is so important to report your actions: we record the number and types of actions taken—letters, emails, calls and tweets--on each case and use that information in our advocacy. 
 
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