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Cuba: EEUU exige a gobierno cubano libertad para abogado de Cubalex

20/12/16

Julio Ferrer Tamayo (Archivo)

La representante permanente de Estados Unidos ante la ONU, Samantha Power, publicó este lunes en su cuenta de Twitter un mensaje exigiendo al gobierno cubano que libere al abogado independiente Julio Alfredo Ferrer Tamayo, del Centro de Información Legal Cubalex.

El mensaje de Power está vinculado con la campaña que lleva a cabo el gobierno estadounidense para permitir que diez miembros de la sociedad civil en diversos países sean liberados esta navidad. La iniciativa ha sido puesta en marcha en redes sociales con la etiqueta #FreeToBeHome y está destinada a asistir lo que el propio EEUU ha calificado como “presos políticos”.

“El 23 de septiembre, las autoridades (cubanas) arrestaron a Julio durante una redada en la oficina de la organización en La Habana”, se lee en la parte de la campaña dedicada al jurista independiente cubano, que denuncia las condiciones de incomunicación que sufrió Ferrer Tamayo durante una parte de su encierro.

Durante la operación policial, Cubalex fue privada de sus equipos de trabajo y de los archivos de sus casos. La directora de la organización, Laritza Diversent, ha denunciado repetidamente el acoso a que están siendo sometidos los miembros de la organización y el peligro que corren.

https://www.cubanet.org/noticias/eeuu-exige-a-gobierno-cubano-libertad-para-abogado-de-cubalex/

https://panampost.com/karina-martin/2016/12/26/us-calls-release-10-political-prisoners-holiday-season/ (ENGLISH)

https://www.idhae.org/observatoire-fr-forget017-4.htm (FRANCAIS)

Cuba/US: Cubans arrest U.S. human rights lawyer in Havana, activists say

December 16, 2016

Human rights lawyer Kimberley Motley was arrested in Havana, Cuba on Friday, according to the Human Rights Foundation.

Motley, a mother of three, was in Havana advocating for artist Danilo “El Sexto” Maldonado, 33, who was arrested Nov. 26, according to his mother and his fiancée Alexandra Martinez.

When Motley was arrested, police officers also arrested punk rock artist Gorki Aguila and Luis Alberto Mariño, a political activist from the group Cuba Decides, according to the Human Rights Foundation.

Motley, a former Milwaukee public defender, started her career as an international litigator when she joined a U.S. Justice Department program to train lawyers in Afghanistan.

The former beauty queen, whose dad is an African-American U.S. airman and mom is Korean, has been described as feisty.

http://www.local10.com/news/cuba/cubans-arrest-us-human-rights-lawyer-in-havana

http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Cuba-Arrests-American-Human-Rights-Lawyer-407165325.html

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/cuba/article121468767.html

http://www.local10.com/news/cuba/cuban-artist-releases-sketches-from-havana-prison

http://internacional.elpais.com/internacional/2016/12/17/actualidad/1482015496_872441.html (ESPANOL)

http://www.martinoticias.com/a/liberado-gorki-aguila-abogada-eeuu-no-iba-ejercer-kimberley-motley-cuba-eeuu/135627.html (ESPANOL)

http://www.14ymedio.com/nacional/Kimberley-Motley-abogada-lucha-atropellos_0_2128587125.html (ESPANOL)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kimberley_Motley

http://www.motleylegal.com/about.html

(UPDATE: she has been released. From Kimberley Motley (December 17, 2016) on Facebook: “Thanks for all and support it was greatly appreciated & overwhelming. I am now safely back in the U.S. after being illegally arrested and detained twice for … I still don’t know why.”)

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/587353/cuba-cracks-down-dissidents-castro.html

http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2016/12/19/raul-castro-arrests-dozens-dissidents-continuing-fidels-legacy/

http://en.mercopress.com/2016/12/19/cuban-dissidents-still-under-raul-castro-s-iron-fist-despite-alleged-openness

http://www.leparisien.fr/international/cuba-post-castro-des-dizaines-d-opposants-arretes-par-la-police-18-12-2016-6471417.php (FRANCAIS)

http://www.elnuevoherald.com/noticias/mundo/america-latina/cuba-es/article121408323.html (ESPANOL)

https://www.cibercuba.com/noticias/2016-12-18-u73624-liberan-abogada-estadounidense-sexto-apresada-viernes-cuba (ESPANOL)

http://www.diariolasamericas.com/america-latina/abogada-estadounidense-detenida-cuba-es-liberada-y-regresa-eeuu-n4110343 (ESPANOL)

Cuba: Human rights lawyers under threat in Cuba

November 21, 2016

Members of Cubalex, a Havana-based organization of human rights lawyers, have been subjected to months of harassment and intimidation by the Cuban authorities for their work.

Progressively since September, Cuban authorities have intimidated members of Cubalex (Legal Information Center), a non-government organization, not recognized by the Cuban authorities, which provides free legal and human rights advice in Havana, the capital.

On 23 September, according to its director, Laritza Diversent, authorities searched Cubalex’s centre of operation without warrant, confiscated a number of laptops and documents, and forced at least one woman to undress. The provincial prosecutor in Havana provided notice to Cubalex that it was under a tax investigation.

According to Cubalex, since then, state prosecutors have summoned at least two members of the organization for questioning. Cubalex stated that the interviews, which reportedly lasted up to one hour and 45 minutes, were filmed, leading members to believe that the authorities were seeking information to criminalize activities of the organization.

According to Cubalex, authorities have also questioned people who received advice and information from their centre.

Cubalex’s director reported that she has been stopped and questioned a number of times at the airport during her recent trips. She believes her home, which provides a base for Cubalex’s activities, is under surveillance. One of Cubalex’s members, Julio Ferrer Tamayo, reported being strip searched and detained during the search of Cubalex on 23 September and remains in custody.

http://www.caribbeannewsnow.com/headline-Human-rights-lawyers-under-threat-in-Cuba-32584.html

http://www.idhae.org/observatoire-fr-page4.1.cub161205.htm

https://translatingcuba.com/cubalex-launches-campaign-for-the-release-of-lawyer-julio-ferrer-cubalex/

http://www.diariodecuba.com/derechos-humanos/1477337560_26232.html

https://centrocubalex.com/

Cuba: IACHR and the Office of the Special Rapporteur express concern for retaliation actions of the Cuban State against an organization dedicated to defending freedom of expression

October 13, 2016

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights - Special Rapporteurship for Freedom of Expression

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and its Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression express their concern over the persistence of acts of harassment and retaliation against the members of the non-governmental organization Cubalex (Legal Information Center) by State agents. These episodes occurred following the presentation of a report prepared by Cubalex on the situation of freedom of expression in Cuba and presented to the United Nations. The IACHR and its Office of the Special Rapporteur urge the Cuban State to cease these actions and effectively ensure that the members of this organization are able to exercise their rights and defend human rights free from undue interference.

According to the information received, on September 23, the Cubalex headquarters in Havana was subject to a warrantless search by police and State security officers, and work property was seized as part of an alleged tax investigation into unlawful financial activities. Attorney Laritza Diversent, the Center’s Director, stated to a Cuban media outlet that the real reasons for the operation were “the official response to a report on the situation of freedom of expression in Cuba” that Cubalex had presented weeks earlier to the Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression at UN headquarters in Geneva.

According to reports, the mobile phone service of the Cubalex members who were at the office, their relatives’ mobile phone service, and the organization’s landline were all cut off by the government an hour before the raid.

http://us6.campaign-archive2.com/?u=af0b024f4f6c25b6530ff4c66&id=972b2b5841&e=26c07284e7

http://praguemonitor.com/2016/10/19/times-changing-cuba-says-dissident-forum-2000

The New Wave of Repression in Cuba

http://www.caribbeannewsnow.com/headline-Crackdown-on-media-in-Cuba-includes-ban-on-Hurricane-Matthew-coverage-32256.html

http://www.martinoticias.com/a/cuba-denuncian-acoso-juristas-independientes-cubalex/132226.html (ESPANOL)

https://www.cubanet.org/actualidad-destacados/cubalex-denuncia-hostigamiento-a-sus-clientes/ (ESPANOL)

http://www.diariodecuba.com/derechos-humanos/1477088061_26183.html (ESPANOL)