10/09/2019

Urgent Action: Opposition Leader Detained (Cuba: UA 134.19)


On 1 October 2019, Cuban authorities detained José Daniel Ferrer García, leader of the unofficial political opposition group “Patriotic Union of Cuba” (Unión Patriótica de Cuba – UNPACU) in Santiago de Cuba. He was held incommunicado for 72 hours and remains in detention without charges. Ferrer García should be informed of the charges against him or should otherwise be released, have access to lawyers of his choosing and to his family, as well as access to medical care.

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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
Ambassador José Ramón Cabañas
Embassy of Cuba
2630 16th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Tel: 202 797 8515 I Fax: 202 797 8521
Email: [email protected], [email protected]
Twitter: @EmbaCubaUS @JoseRCabanas
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

Dear President Díaz-Canel,

I write to you to condemn the detention of Mr. José Daniel Ferrer García, leader of the unofficial political opposition group “Patriotic Union of Cuba” (Unión Patriótica de Cuba – UNPACU), since 1 October 2019.

Cuban authorities have harassed and intimidated José Daniel Ferrer García for more than a decade due to his political activism. His detention follows Amnesty International’s naming of six prisoners of conscience in less than two months.

I therefore demand that your administration immediately inform José Daniel Ferrer García of the charges against him or otherwise be released; ensure he has immediate access to a lawyer of his choosing and can communicate with his family; and ensure he has prompt access to a proper medical examination, if requested.

Yours sincerely,

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