August 25, 2017

Urgent Action: Urban Artist At Risk In Cuba (Cuba: UA 189.17)


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After being arbitrarily detained on 17 August, Yulier Perez, a graffiti artist known for painting dilapidated walls in Havana, is at risk of being imprisoned again, after months of intimidation and harassment from authorities.

1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:

  • Urging the Cuban authorities to ensure that law enforcement officials do not arbitrarily detain Yulier Rodriguez Perez as an attempt to restrict the peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression;
  • Calling on them to make sure that free artistic expression is adequately protected, and to repeal all legislation which unduly limits the right to freedom of expression;
  • Calling on them to amend provisions of the Penal Code, such as the provision on “peligrosidad”, that are so vague that they lend themselves to abuse by state officials to restrict freedom of expression.

Contact these two officials by 5 October, 2017:

President of the Republic Raúl Castro Ruz
Presidente de la República de Cuba
La Habana, Cuba
Fax: +41 22 758 9431 (Cuba Office in Geneva) I +1 212 779 1697 (via Cuban Mission to UN)
Email: [email protected] (via Cuban mission to UN)
Twitter: @RaulCastroR
Salutation: Your Excellency

Ambassador Jose Ramon Cabañas Rodriguez, Embassy of Cuba
2630 16th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Tel: (202) 797 8518
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @JoseRCabanas
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

2) LET US KNOW YOU TOOK ACTION
Click here to let us know if you took action on this case! This is Urgent Action 189.17

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