Urgent Action: Independent Journalist Arrested (Cuba: UA 122.19)

On 11 September 2019, authorities arrested independent Cuban journalist Mr. Roberto de Jesús Quiñones Haces in Cuba, after he was convicted of resistance and disobedience in August 2019. He is a prisoner of conscience and should be immediately and unconditionally released.



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Miguel Díaz Canel
President of the Republic of Cuba
Hidalgo, Esquina 6. Plaza de la Revolución
La Habana, CP 10400
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @DiazCanelB
Ambassador José Ramón Cabañas
Embassy of Cuba
2630 16th St NW, Washington DC 20009
Phone: 202 797 8518
Facebook: @EmbaCubaUS
Twitter: @EmbaCubaEEUU
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

Dear President Díaz-Canel,

I write to you to condemn the imprisonment of Mr. Roberto de Jesús Quiñones Haces, a Cuban independent journalist at Cubanet, arrested on 11 September, after being convicted of resistance and disobedience and sentenced to one-year in prison in August 2019.

Over decades, Amnesty International has documented how criminal code provisions such as “resistance” to public officials carrying out their duties and “disobedience” have been used to stifle the rights to freedom of expression in Cuba. This imprisonment is yet another example of a tired trend that has continued under your administration.

I therefore demand the immediate and unconditional release of Mr Roberto de Jesús Quiñones Haces. Pending his release, he should be allowed access to his family and not be subjected to torture or other ill-treatment.

Yours sincerely,


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