José Daniel Ferrer García, leader of the unofficial political opposition group “Patriotic Union of Cuba,” who was arrested last July 11, 2022, in the context of island-wide protests and has been imprisoned ever since is being held incommunicado, according to his family. He is a prisoner of conscience who must be released immediately and unconditionally.
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Dear Mr. President,
I write to demand information about José Daniel Ferrer García, leader of the unofficial political opposition group “Patriotic Union of Cuba,” who according to his family has been held incommunicado for more than a month, without access to the outside world.
José Daniel Ferrer García was last able to communicate with his family by telephone on June 4 and on June 30, 2022 authorities denied visits from his wife, according to his family. Detention without access to the outside world – incommunicado detention – facilitates torture or other ill-treatment and enforced disappearance. In some circumstances, it can itself constitute torture or other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment.
On July 7, 2022, the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances informed NGO Prisoners Defenders that it had written to your government asking it to provide information about the fate and whereabouts of José Daniel to his family and lawyers, and to provide the Committee with detailed information about his current access to communication with the outside world. The concealment of a prisoner’s fate or whereabouts may amount to an enforced disappearance for the purposes of Article 2 of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, to which Cuba is a state party.
Detained on July 11, 2021, before he reached island-wide mass protests, José Daniel Ferrer García, is a prisoner of conscience, imprisoned solely for his consciously held beliefs. I call on you to immediately release him and pending that, allow his family immediate access to communicate with him.