From our Bureau of Potential Friction in Wheels-Within-Wheels
What’s with the “sort of” in the title above? Well… it boils down to this: The demand in question doesn’t come from the UN’s General Assembly or its Human Rights Council. No. Those within the UN calling for the release of Maykel Osorbo are the five members of a “working group” that is overseen by the UN’s Human Rights Council.
Since Cuba sits on the Human Rights Council, along with other nations that flagrantly abuse human rights, such as Venezuela and Russia, it is highly probable that this ruling will have little or no effect whatsoever on Castro, Inc.
But it’s a very nice gesture, for sure. Quixotic, but virtuous.
How did this condemnation of Castrogonia ever get through the Castrophilic UN? Fortunately, the majority of the current members of this working group are not part of the leftist axis of evil. Instead, they hail from Australia, Latvia, South Korea, Ecuador, and Zambia.
From Prisoners Defenders:
|At its 92nd session, the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has ruled strongly in favor of one of the creators of Patria y Vida, Maykel Castillo Perez (Maykel Osorbo), after an arbitration process that began with the complaint on July 7, 2021, 7 weeks after his detention. In this process, Cuba has had equal opportunity to present as much evidence as it deemed necessary, and it did so in its letter of allegations on October 11, 2021. |
Nevertheless, our legal teams were able to ratify on October 25, in the letter of response to Cuba’s allegations, each and every one of the points of the complaint, leaving the State Party’s arguments unsubstantiated.In its Legal Opinion, the Working Group has ruled on Maykel’s counsel and advocacy in Cuba:
“the aforementioned professional lawyer belongs to a Collective Law Firm, under the Ministry of Justice and controlled by the Government, through the National Organization of Collective Law Firms, so that it cannot be considered as an independent legal counsel (…) Mr. Castillo was denied legal assistance of his own choice and, therefore, the right to challenge the legality of the detention, in contravention of Articles 8 and 9 of the Universal Declaration and Principles 11 and 37 of the Body of Principles for the Protection of All Persons under Any Form of Detention or Imprisonment.“
read the entire document HERE at Prisoners Defenders (in Spanish)