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Urgent Action Update: CUBA: PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE AT RISK (Cuba: UA 67.22)

October 19, 2022

José Daniel Ferrer García, leader of the unofficial political opposition group “Patriotic Union of Cuba,” who was arrested on July 11, 2021, in the context of island-wide protests and has been imprisoned ever since is once again being held with limited access to the outside world. According to his family, he intends to initiate a hunger strike as an extreme measure in demand of his rights. He is a prisoner of conscience who must be released immediately and unconditionally.

  1. Please take action as-soon-as possible. This Urgent Action expires on December 14, 2022.
  2. 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.
  3. Click here to let us know the actions you took on Urgent Action 67.22. It’s important to report because we share the total number with the officials we are trying to persuade and the people we are trying to help.
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

SAMPLE LETTER Dear Mr. President, I am writing about José Daniel Ferrer García, leader of the unofficial political opposition group “Patriotic Union of Cuba,” who according to his family has been held in solitary confinement since August 14, 2021, with segregation from other prisoners and very limited access to the outside world. José Daniel Ferrer García was last able to communicate with his family by telephone on June 4, 2022, and was last permitted only a 10-minute visit with his wife on October 11, 2022, according to his family. Additionally, his family told Amnesty International he has been held in a cell separated from other prisoners since August 2021. Prolonged solitary confinement, segregation from other prisoners, may violate the prohibition of torture and other ill-treatment, particularly when combined with isolation from the outside world, and facilitates torture or other ill-treatment. In some circumstances, including this one, it can itself constitute torture or other ill-treatment. 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 regular visits and communication with him. Sincerely, [YOUR NAME] ADDITIONAL RESOURCES