Urgent Action Update: ARTIST NAMED PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE (Cuba: UA 55.21)

May 21, 2021

On May 2, 2021 Cuban state security officials took artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara from his home and to a hospital, while he was hunger-striking in protest over the confiscation of artwork from his home around the April 22, 2021. Luis Manuel is a key figure in the San Isidro Movement, a diverse group of independent artists, journalists and activists that defend freedom of expression in Cuba. He is a prisoner of conscience, detained solely because of peacefully expressing his ideas, and should be released immediately and unconditionally.



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Miguel Díaz Canel
President of the Republic of Cuba
Hidalgo, Esquina 6. Plaza de la Revolución
La Habana, CP 10400, Cuba
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @DiazCanelB
Facebook: @PresidenciadeCuba
Ambassador Lianys Torres Rivera
Embassy of Cuba
2630 16th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Phone: 202 797 8515
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @EmbaCubaUS @Lianystr
Facebook: @EmbaCubaUS
Salutation: Dear Ambassador


Dear Mr. President,

I write to you to condemn the detention of Cuban artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara, a key leader of the San Isidro Movement. Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara has been held seemingly under state custody in a hospital in Havana since May 2, 2021 with little contact with the outside world and reportedly highly restricted visits, solely for peacefully exercising his freedom of expression.

Prior to this, Luis Manuel Otero has faced harassment and intimation from state security officials due to his work as a human rights defender. Just in December 2020, he was submitted to frightening levels of surveillance and, following another hunger strike, was ultimately detained under similar circumstances.

Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara is a prisoner of conscience, detained solely for peacefully expressing his ideas. I therefore urge you to secure his immediate and unconditional release.