Amnesty declares Cuban opposition leader Jose Daniel Ferrer a victim of forced disappearance

Amnesty International has declared UNPACU leader Jose Daniel Ferrer as a victim of a forced disappearance by the communist Castro dictatorship.

Via Martí Noticias (my translation):

Amnesty International declares Jose Daniel Ferrer a victim of Forced Disappearance

Jose Daniel Ferrer, opposition member and leader of the Patriotic Union of Cuba, “is currently detained with his whereabouts unknown, with no information provided to his family, legal counsel, or other organizations regarding his health, his condition, or where he is being held,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas, the Amnesty International representative for the Americas.

“This constitutes a forced disappearance with the clear intention of sending a message to others who want to protest in Cuba, as an example of the punishment they can receive if they exercise their human rights,” Guevara-Rosas said.

The Amnesty International attorney addressed the issue in a virtual forum that took place on Monday, the International Day for Victims of Forced Disappearances.

In the context of July 11 in Cuba, she said historic protests took place where thousands of people took to the streets in different cities around the country, “demanding the free exercise of their rights, accountability, and freedom.”

“Hundreds of people were arbitrarily detained solely for participating in the protests. Among them is Jose Daniel Ferrer,” Guevara-Rosas lamented.

She said that Ferrer, who has been declared a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International, was arrested when he tried to join one of the protests. “He was arbitrarily arrested along with his son. They were taken to a detention center. His son was the last person to see him when they were being held together.”

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