02/26/2020

Urgent Action Update: Cuban Opposition Leader at Risk of Unfair Trial (Cuba: UA 134.19)


José Daniel Ferrer García, Cuban opposition leader and former Amnesty International prisoner of conscience, has been in detention since October 1, 2019. According to his family, his trial is scheduled for February 26, 2020, however, his family was only informed of this on February 20, 2020. His family also reports that two defense witnesses were allegedly harassed by security agents, days before the trial. Amnesty International has documented for decades government control over the judiciary. Mass mobilization is needed to ensure that the Cuban authorities allow independent monitoring of his trial to ensure that it is fair.

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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]
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 express my deep concern regarding the forthcoming trial of Mr. José Daniel Ferrer García, leader of the unofficial political opposition group “Patriotic Union of Cuba” (Unión Patriótica de Cuba – UNPACU), detained without charges and with limited access to the outside world and his family since 1 October 2019.

Recent reports suggest he is scheduled for trial on February 26, 2020. According to sources, defense witnesses have allegedly been harassed by the authorities, days before the start of the trial.

Since organizations as Amnesty International have documented for decades how the judiciary and lawyers are tightly controlled by the Executive in Cuba and considering that José Daniel Ferrer García is one of the most critical voices in the country, I am concerned that he is at risk of an unfair trial.

I therefore demand that your administration ensures José Daniel Ferrer García has a fair and public trial at which he has all the guarantees necessary for his defense; allows Amnesty International, as well as international mechanisms, to monitor the trial of José Daniel Ferrer García; and ensure that José Daniel Ferrer García, his family and members of UNPACU are free of reprisals or harassment for peacefully exercising their human rights.

Yours sincerely,

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