Friday, February 24, 2012

Ex prisoner of conscience believed detained: José Daniel Ferrer García

Prisoner of conscience believed detained: José Daniel Ferrer García

UA: 60/12 Index: AMR 25/005/2012 Cuba Date: 23 February 2012


ex prisoner of conscience BELIEVED DETAINED

Former prisoner of conscience Jos é Daniel Ferrer Garc í a 's where a
bouts are unknown following his alleged arrest in central Havana , Cuba,
on 21 February .

Former prisoner of conscience José Daniel Ferrer García, who is on
conditional release from prison, is believed to have been re-arrested in
central Havana on 21 February. He had travelled to Havana from Santiago
de Cuba province to meet with diplomats, human rights activists and
dissidents in connection with his work as the coordinator of the
Patriotic Union of Cuba (Unión Patriótica de Cuba, UNPACU), an umbrella
group of dissident organizations based in eastern Cuba.

On 21 February, José Daniel Ferrer García was travelling by taxi with
Elizardo Sánchez, coordinator of the Cuban Commission for Human Rights
and Reconciliation (Comisión Cubana de Derechos Humanos y Reconciliación
Nacional, CCDHRN), whose office he had just visited. Elizardo Sánchez
exited the taxi in the central neighbourhood of Vedado and five minutes
later received a text message from José Daniel Ferrer García which
stated he was being detained by police. On 22 February, the Elizardo
Sánchez contacted the police information service and was informed that
there was no record of José Daniel Ferrer García being held in any
detention facility. There has been no news of his whereabouts since then.

José Daniel Ferrer García was granted conditional release in March 2011,
having served eight of his 25 year sentence. Under the terms of his
release, he could be sent back to prison to serve out the remainder of
his sentence - 16 years. Amnesty International believes his arrest is an
attempt to repress the peaceful dissident activities he and members of
UNPACU are undertaking in eastern Cuba.

Please write immediately in Spanish or your own language:

Calling on the authorities to provide information as to the
circumstances of José Daniel Ferrer García's arrest on 21 February and
immediately reveal his current whereabouts;

Urging them, that if detained, to immediately release José Daniel Ferrer
García, unless there is sufficient evidence to charge him with an
internationally-recognizable criminal offence;

Urging them to immediately cease the harassment and intimidation of
members of the Patriotic Union of Cuba and all other citizens who seek
to peacefully exercise their rights to freedom of expression and


Head of State and Government

Raúl Castro Ruz

Presidente de la República de Cuba

La Habana, Cuba

Fax: +53 7 83 33 085 (via Foreign Ministry); +1 212 779 1697 (via Cuban
Mission to UN)

Email: (c/o Cuban Mission to UN)

Salutation: Your Excellency

Interior Minister

General Abelardo Coloma Ibarra

Ministro del Interior y Prisiones

Ministerio del Interior, Plaza de la Revolución, La Habana, Cuba

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


Salutation: Your Excellency

And copies to:

Attorney General

Dr. Darío Delgado Cura

Fiscalía General de la República, Fiscalía General de la República,
Amistad 552, e/Monte y Estrella, Centro Habana

La Habana, Cuba

Salutation: Dear Attorney General

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EX prisoner of conscience believed detained
ADditional Information

Prisoner of conscience José Daniel Ferrer García was granted conditional
release in March 2011 following eight years imprisonment. He was one of
75 people who were arrested and sentenced following a crackdown on Cuban
dissidence in March 2003. All 75 were adopted as prisoners of conscience
by Amnesty International, as they had acted non-violently and were
imprisoned under Cuban legislation which illegitimately criminalizes
political dissent. José Daniel Ferrer García was sentenced to 25 years
imprisonment in relation to his participation in the Varela Project,
which aimed at requesting a national referendum on democratic reforms.
Article 31.1.4 of the Cuban Criminal Code states that conditional
release allows a prisoner to see out the remainder of their sentence
outside prison provided they demonstrate "good behaviour" ("buena

The Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) is an umbrella group of dissident
organizations, based primarily in Santiago de

Cuba, but also in neighbouring provinces of eastern Cuba. UNPACU seeks
democratic change in Cuba via non-violent means.

Since UNPACU's creation in mid-2011, its members have faced constant
harassment and intimidation form the Cuban authorities, including
arbitrary detention. One of UNPACU's members, prisoner of conscience
Wilman Villar Mendoza died in January 2012 following a hunger strike in
protest at his four-year prison sentence following a summary trial. This
repression is part of a general crackdown against dissidents in the
eastern provinces of Cuba which has gathered pace since mid-2011.

Name: José Daniel Ferrer García

Gender m/f: m

UA: 60/12 Index: AMR 25/005/2012 Issue Date: 23 February 2012

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