Appeal on behalf of Prisoners of conscience recently released

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Below my appeal is the full Urgent Action from Amnesty International.  Feel free to plagiarize my appeal.

Steve Marquardt, Ph.D.
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Amnesty International member since 1982
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His Excellency Raúl Castro Ruz    

President of the Republic

Presidente de la República de Cuba

La Habana, Cuba  

Your Excellency,

 

I write to bring to your attention three siblings, each of whom have been sentenced to one year of prison for allegedly leaving their house during the state mourning following Fidel Castro´s death.

 

They have been reported to be on hunger strikes after being harassed and intimidated in Cuba since their conditional release in April.

 

Their sentences should be quashed and their release made unconditional.

 

These three siblings – twin sisters Anairis and Adairis Miranda Leyva, their brother, Fidel Manuel Batista Leyva – and their mother, Maydolis Leyva Portelles, are human rights defenders who were arrested on November 27, 2016, two days after the death of Fidel Castro. The siblings were given a one-year sentence for “defamation of institutions, organizations and heroes and martyrs of the Republic of Cuba” and “public disorder” for allegedly leaving their house during the period of state mourning.

 

On April 2, after a prolonged hunger-strike, the three siblings were released under conditional release, or licencia extrapenal.  I understand the this form of conditional release means that charges are not dropped but that those convicted are allowed to spend the remainder of their sentences outside prison. Their mother has remained under house arrest.

 

On June 8 the three siblings began another hunger strike to protest their harassment and intimidation and to seek the quashing of the sentences against all four members of their family. 

 

According to Maydolis Portelles, the family has been subjected to harassment and intimidation from various state entities, following their conditional release. The municipal court of Holguín summoned the siblings several times and threatened to revoke the release if they did not begin to work. Members of the family were also subjected to at least two “acts of repudiation.  Additionally, several doctors at Hospital Lenin denied the siblings medical treatment unless they gave up their hunger strike, according to Maydolis Porteyes. The three siblings are currently at home, where they have been since leaving the hospital on 20 June.

 

I call on Cuban authorities to quash all four sentences against Anairis Miranda Leyva, Adairis Miranda Leyva, Fidel Manuel Batista Leyva, and Maydolis Leyva Portelles, who were imprisoned solely for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of expression

 

Cuba authorities must also refrain from using measures to punish hunger strikers or to coerce them to end a hunger strike, which would be a violation of their right to freedom of expression.

 

Kindly provide the siblings with access to qualified health professionals providing health care in compliance with medical ethics, including the principles of confidentiality, autonomy, and informed consent.

 

I thank you for your attention to this request.

 

 

 

Sincerely and respectfully yours,

 

 

 


 

 

Copy to:  Dr. Darío Delgado Cura, Fiscal General de la República

 

 

Dr. Darío Delgado Cura       

Fiscal General de la República

Fiscalía General de la República        

Amistad 552, e/Monte y Estrella          

Centro Habana, La Habana, Cuba       

 

Fiscal General de la República

Fiscalía General de la República        

Amistad 552, e/Monte y Estrella          

Centro Habana, La Habana, Cuba       

 

 

URGENT ACTION

EX-PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE INTIMIDATED

Three siblings sentenced to one-year of prison for allegedly leaving their house during the state mourning following Fidel Castro´s death, are on hunger strike after being harassed and intimidated in Cuba since their conditional release in April. Their sentences should be quashed and their release made unconditional.

 

Three siblings, twin sisters Anairis and Adairis Miranda Leyva, their brother, Fidel Manuel Batista Leyva and their mother,Maydolis Leyva Portelles, all human rights defenders, were arrested on 27 November 2016, two days after the death of Fidel Castro. The siblings were given a one-year sentence for “defamation of institutions, organizations and heroes and martyrs of the Republic of Cuba” and “public disorder” for allegedly leaving their house during the period of state mourning.

 

On 2 April, after a prolonged hunger-strike, the three siblings were released under conditional release (licencia extrapenal). This form of conditional release means that charges are not dropped but that those convicted are allowed to spend the remainder of their sentences outside prison. Their mother has remained under house arrest.

 

On 8 June, the three siblings began another hunger strike to protest their harassment and intimidation and to seek the quashing of the sentences against all four members of their family. 

 

According to Maydolis Portelles, since their conditional release, the family has been subjected to harassment and intimidation from various state entities. The municipal court of Holguín summoned the siblings several times and threatened to revoke the release if they did not begin to work. Members of the family were also subjected to at least two “acts of repudiation” (acto de repudio), a government-led demonstration that is common in Cuba. Additionally, several doctors at Hospital Lenin denied the siblings medical treatment unless they gave up their hunger strike, according to Maydolis Porteyes. The three siblings are currently at home, where they have been since leaving the hospital on 20 June.

 

Please write immediately in Spanish or your own language:

Calling on the authorities to quash all four sentences against Anairis Miranda Leyva, Adairis Miranda Leyva, Fidel Manuel Batista Leyva, and Maydolis Leyva Portelles who were imprisoned solely for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of expression;

Calling on them to refrain from using measures to punish hunger strikers or to coerce them to end a hunger strike, which would be a violation of their right to freedom of expression.

Urging them to provide the siblings with access to qualified health professionals providing health care in compliance with medical ethics, including the principles of confidentiality, autonomy, and informed consent.

PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 11 AUGUST 2017 TO:


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); +1 212 779 1697 (via Cuban Mission to UN)

Email: cu...@un.int (c/o Cuban Mission to UN)

Salutation: Your Excellency / Su Excelencia

 

Attorney General  

Dr. Darío Delgado Cura       

Fiscal General de la República

Fiscalía General de la República        

Amistad 552, e/Monte y Estrella          

Centro Habana, La Habana, Cuba       

Salutation: Dear Attorney General/ Estimado Sr. Fiscal General

 

 

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