Cuban scientist resumes his hunger strike at U.N. headquarters in Geneva

From our Bureau of Valiant But Potentially Deadly Quixotic Gestures

As soon as he was released from the hospital, Ariel Ruiz Urquiola went back to his post outside the United Nations in Geneva, where he is continuing his hunger strike.

Socialist High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet has expressed “concern” over Ariel’s health, but, as one might expect, she isn’t paying any attention to the issue of human rights violations in Cuba or taking any action whatsoever against Castro, Inc.

Lord have mercy.

Loosely translated from Marti Noticias

Cuban biologist and former political prisoner Ariel Ruiz Urquiola, who had to be admitted to an emergency hospital in Geneva, Switzerland, for presenting “a moderate-severity cardiovascular problem,” said Tuesday upon being discharged that he continues his “peaceful protest “, referring to the hunger strike, thirst and inhibition of anti retrovirals.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, told Radio Martí by email that she “is concerned about Mr. Urquiola’s health situation.”

The Office, in front of which Ruiz Urquiola protests him, “has alerted the local authorities so that his health and safety are not at risk.”

“The Office has been following the case of Mr. Urquiola for the last few years and has taken various actions in this regard,” the communication added.

Ruiz Urquiola, who is celebrating his ninth day of protest, collapsed yesterday “due to the amount of stress he suffered during the day and the effort he made in giving an extensive interview,” his friend and companion Evelyn Calderón had reported on social networks.

The doctor in biology reported that “he was about to lose consciousness” and was admitted to the University Hospital of Geneva where, two years ago, “the results of my HIV tests had been analyzed to help provide the tests that They criminalized Cuban misgovernment against me”. He was referring to his effort to obtain evidence of having been premeditatedly infected with HIV in 2018 when he was in the inmate room of the Abel Santamaría Hospital, in Pinar del Río.

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1 thought on “Cuban scientist resumes his hunger strike at U.N. headquarters in Geneva”

  1. In one of my favorite Mel Brooks movies, The Twelve Chairs, there is a scene where someone is looking for some chairs from a dining room set.

    To mock the bureaucracy in early 20th century Russia, we are shown a long hallway with lots of rooms with signs on the door, The Bureau of Lamps, The Bureau of Tables, The Bureau of Bureaus… Then finally we get to The Bureau of Chairs.

    So whenever our esteemed professor writes, “From Our Bureau of… I think of that scene and I laugh.

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