December 10, 2015

Cuba: Protect Peaceful Protesters Participating in Human Rights Day (UA 283/15)

In November 2015 there were over 1,400 politically motivated detentions in Cuba, the highest number in years. Many detainees were held between one and 30 hours, and some reported excessive use of force by political police during detention. On 10 December groups of political dissidents and human rights activists plan to peacefully protest for Human Rights Day. They are at risk of arbitrary arrests, detentions, and ill-treatment.
1) Please write immediately in Spanish or your own language:
  • Calling on the Cuban authorities to refrain from dispersing, arresting or detaining peaceful protestors participating in Human Rights Day 2015;
  • Calling on them to ensure that protestors’ rights to freedom of assembly is fully respected, protected and fulfilled;
  • Urging them to amend provisions of the Penal Code that are so vague they lend themselves to abuse by state officials, such as the police and the judiciary, to restrict freedom of expression.
2) For the full Urgent Action, including appeal addresses and further information, please click on the Word or PDF version below.
3) Please let us know if you took action so that we can track our impact! 
  • EITHER send a short email to [email protected] with "UA 283/15" in the subject line, and include in the body of the email the number of letters and/or emails you sent, 
  • OR fill out this short online form to let us know how you took action.