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The UN demanded that the Cuban dictatorship inform the whereabouts of the opposition José Daniel Ferrer

The UN Committee Against Enforced Disappearances demanded that the Cuban regime report on the whereabouts of opposition figure José Daniel Ferrer, detained after the 11J protests, of whom his family has had no news since June 4, the NGO Prisoners reported Thursday. Defenders.

In a press release released by the NGO, it is detailed that the United Nations responded in this way to a previous request from the association, based in Madrid.

“Among other actions, a Habeas Corpus procedure was initiated, to which Cuba did not respond by complying with the formal and temporary procedures required by Cuba’s own Law,” says Prisoners Defenders in its statement.

Previously, the United Nations managed to get the family to contact the dissident in January of this year, months after his arrest.

In a letter addressed to the island’s regime, the UN Committee recalls that “the refusal to acknowledge said deprivation of liberty or the concealment of the fate or whereabouts of the disappeared person, removing him from the protection of the law, whatever the duration of said deprivation of liberty or concealment” constitutes an “enforced disappearance”.

Ferrer, a historical opponent on the island and leader of the outlawed Patriotic Union of Cuba (Unpacu), is imprisoned in the Mar Verde prison (Santiago de Cuba, east) after trying to join the anti-government protests on July 11, 2021 ( 11J).

The last communication between Ferrer and his family was a June 4 phone call that was “abruptly cut off,” according to Prisoners Defenders.

Last Monday, the relatives reported the content of the resolution of the People’s Provincial Court of Santiago de Cuba in which habeas corpus was denied.

In the document, released on social networks, it was noted that Ferrer “has to serve four years and fourteen days remaining from his sentence” in the Mar Verde prison.

In August of last year, the Cuban Justice revoked the well-known dissident’s home detention benefit and sentenced him to remain in jail for the remaining years of his sentence for an alleged assault.

Ferrer was arrested on October 1, 2019 and in February 2020 sentenced to prison after a closed-door trial for an alleged crime of injury to another man, a charge that his relatives and collaborators deny.

After six months in prison, and amid strong international pressure, in April 2020 his sentence was commuted to a sentence of four and a half years of house arrest.

More than a year later, the dissident was imprisoned again for joining the citizen protests that will mark his first anniversary on Monday.

Ferrer, 51, is one of the best-known dissidents outside the island, since he was part of the “group of 75” convicted in 2003 during the repressive wave known as the “black spring” and released between 2010 and 2011 with a extrapenal license after a dialogue in which the Catholic Church and the Spanish Government mediated.

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José Martí
José Martí
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