Friday, June 22, 2012

Mother ends hunger strike after 19 days

School official guarantees physical safety of her daughter who had been threatened with rape by state security agents
Damaris Moya Portieles
Damaris Moya Portieles initiated a hunger strike on June 3, 2012 demanding that her 5-year old daughter, Lazara Contreras Moya, be kept safe. This was because state security agents made graphic rape threats to the mother concerning about her five year old daughter. The worse of the perpetrators was Eric Francis Aquino Yera.

State Security Agent Eric Francis Aquino Yera threatened mother that her 5 year old girl would be raped.

Today, June 22, 2012 she ended the hunger strike after the director of the education center Lazara attends said that she would guarantee her physical safety. Below, in Spanish, is an audio declaration by Damaris Moya Portieles outlining the circumstances that led her to end her hunger strike on day 19 followed by the precautionary measure emitted by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR):

PM 163/12 – Damaris Moya Portieles and daughter, Cuba

On June 12, 2012, the IACHR granted precautionary measures in favor of Damaris Moya Portieles and her daughter, 5 years old, in Cuba. The request for precautionary measures alleges that Damaris Moya Portieles is a human rights defender, and that she had been deprived of her liberty several times as a result of her participation in demonstrations in her country. The request also alleges that on May 2, 2012, during a vigile organized for freedom in Cuba, agents of the Security police again deprived her of her liberty, beat her, and threatened with raping her daughter. The IACHR requested the State of Cuba to adopt the necessary measures to guarantee the life and physical integrity of Damaris Moya Portiele and her daughter, to adopt the measures in consultation with the beneficiary and her representatives, and to inform on the actions taken to investigate the facts that led to the adoption of precautionary measures.

Damaris Moya Portieles and her daughter Lazara Contreras Moya,

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