On July 11, 2021, protests took place across Cuba over the economy, lack of medicines, and long-term restrictions on freedom of expression. Potentially hundreds of protestors are in prison and many are being charged with “public disorder” or other crimes long used to silence alternative views in the country. We demand all those who peacefully protested to be released immediately and unconditionally.
- Please take action as-soon-as possible. This Urgent Action expires on September 16, 2021.
- Write a letter in your own words or using the sample below as a guide to one or both government officials listed. You can also email, fax, call or Tweet them.
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Dear President Díaz-Canel,
I write to you to condemn the detention of potentially hundreds of people following the protests of July 11, 2021.
According to international human rights law, the right to freedom of expression and assembly can only be restricted in very limited circumstances. It is incompatible with international law to harass, intimidate, stigmatize, arrest, detain, trial, or imprison a person solely on the grounds of an opinion they hold.
I demand the immediate and unconditional release of all those who were detained and are being held for their peaceful participation in the protests on July 11, 2021. Furthermore, I call on you to immediately inform families of the whereabouts of detainees, and to grant those detained communication with the outside world, as required by international law, including the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.