Cuban scientist and activist Ariel Ruiz Urquiola ended his hunger and thirst strike this Friday, after a statement from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
This Friday night, the OHCHR Office gave a response, through its spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani. Although she did not specify when an official press release would be published, she assured that the OHCHR has been following Mr. Urquiola’s case for “several years.”
“The OHCHR takes note of the information provided by Mr. Urquiola about his situation and his letter has been transferred to the competent office. We call on the Cuban authorities to communicate with Mr. Urquiola and his sister and ensure that the situation is resolved in accordance with its obligations under international human rights law,” said the statement, published by the Tribune de Geneve newspaper.
“We have also addressed our concerns directly to the Cuban authorities,” the statement added.
Ariel had been camping in front of Wilson Palace for 13 days. The Cuban biologist was visited on Thursday by three officials from the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.