The Cuban Observatory of Human Rights (OCDH) denounced that the regime of that country committed “at least 2,977 repressive actions in the first half of 2022, of which 719 arbitrary arrests and 636 illegal retentions in homes.”
“In June alone, at least 336 repressive actions were recorded, of which 79 were some type of arrest and another 257 abuses against fundamental rights, including harassment, house sieges, police citations, fines, threats, trials and impediments to trip abroad”, indicated the report published this Tuesday.
And he continued: “During the last few weeks, the harassment against relatives of political prisoners and prisoners of conscience has intensified, as is the case of Jonathan López Alonso; Pedro Osvaldo López Mesa, Roxana García Lorenzo, relatives of Andy García Lorenzo; Wilber Aguilar Bravo, father of Walnier Luis Aguilar Rivera; Annia Zamora Carmenate, mother of Sissi Abascal; Delanis Álvarez Matos, wife of Duniesky Diaz Cañizares; and Ailex Marcano, mother of Ángel Jesús Véliz Marcano. The harassment and attacks against Ailex Marcano were the subject of a recent complaint by the OCDH before the UN mechanisms related to acts of intimidation and retaliation for cooperating with the United Nations in the field of human rights.”
The observatory also denounced the impediments to leaving the country of Liset Fonseca, mother of Roberto Pérez Fonseca; and Marta Perdomo, mother of Jorge and Nadir Martín Perdomo, who had to visit institutions of the European Union in Brussels and of human rights of the UN in Geneva, invited by the OCDH.
“The human rights situation in Cuba is increasingly critical. As the first anniversary of the massive protests of July 11 and 12, 2021 approaches, the Cuban regime accelerates the repression against the population, to prevent the victims of the serious political, economic and social situation from taking the streets of the country,” said the OCDH.
In this sense, he urged “the European Union and democratic governments, especially Spain, to abandon the strategy of silence and appeasement regarding human rights violations in Cuba.”
The dictatorship criticized the European Union
The Cuban dictatorship criticized on Monday the declarations of the institutions of the European Union (EU) regarding the recent sentences imposed by the island’s justice system on the artists and dissidents Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara and Maikel Castillo Pérez, known as “Osorbo”.
The general director of bilateral affairs of the island’s Foreign Ministry, Emilio Lozada, said on his Twitter account that the latest statements on Cuba by EU institutions, including those of spokesman Peter Stano, “are contrary to the principles of the Agreement of Political Dialogue and Cooperation (ADPC) between both parties”.
“The EU should abandon its double standards and address serious human rights violations involving its member states,” added the director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Minrex) of the Caribbean country.
The spokesman for the EU Foreign Service, Peter Stano, said last week in a message through his social networks that the European Union reiterated its “concern” after the sentences imposed on Otero and Castillo, and also urged the authorities Cuban women “to respect all civil and political rights.”
The Attorney General of the Republic of Cuba (FGR) reported on June 24 that the plastic artist Otero Alcántara and the rapper Maikel Castillo Pérez, known as “Osorbo”, had received sentences of 5 and 9 years in prison, respectively.
In the case of Otero, he was punished for the crimes of outrage against the symbols of the country, contempt and public disorder.
Likewise, Osorbo’s conviction was based on an accusation by the Cuban Prosecutor’s Office for the crimes of contempt, attack, public disorder and defamation of institutions and organizations, heroes and martyrs.
The trial of both opponents – considered prisoners of conscience by Amnesty International – took place on May 30 and 31 in the Court of the Marianao municipality of Havana.
The sentences against dissidents Otero and Osorbo were criticized by non-governmental organizations and international human rights organizations such as Human Rights Watch (HRW), Amnesty International (AI), Cubalex and PEN International.