Friday, December 7, 2012

Former Cuban prisoners of conscience arbitrarily detained

Daughter tweeted tonight about her dad's arbitrary detention at the hands of  State Security along with three other activists
Tonight Sayli Navarro reported on detention of four activists

 The total number of Cubans arbitrarily detained in 2012 is greater than the totals for 2010 and 2011 combined. The Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation on Tuesday reported a total of 6,035 detentions so far in 2012. The arbitrary detentions of nonviolent activists in Cuba can be expected to continue and increase as International Human Rights Day (December 10) approaches.

Sayli with her dad Felix Navarro who is in jail tonight
Tonight over the course of four hours Sayli Navarro, the daughter of former prisoner of conscience Felix Navarro, lost contact with her father and an hour later began to tweet as new details emerged. The worry that his disappearance caused, of what could be happening to him along with other activists and the knowledge that they must have been taken by State Security. She reported how her father must have been detained along with other former prisoners of conscience Librado Linares, Ivan Hernandez Carillo and Sakharov prize winner Guillermo Fariñas because their whereabouts were unknown and their cell phones were not functioning.

Librado Linares and Ivan Hernandez Carillo detained with Sayli's dad
Sayli would learn from opposition activist, Jorge Luis Artiles Montiel, that 3 Ladies in White along with six other activists had initiated a sit-in in front of the Third Union of Santa Clara to protest the arrest of the four activists.

An hour later Sayli tweets that Jesus Hernandez has told her that a State Security official in Villa Clara who goes by the name of Pablo Hechemendia is confirming that the four dissidents have been detained in Matanzas.

Finally, in her last tweet at 10:26pm Sayli reports that  the state security agent Lieutenant Colonel Pablo Hechemendia assures that tomorrow at 8:00 am the four detainees will be released.

Three of the four men detained were Amnesty International prisoners of conscience imprisoned during the Cuban Black Spring in 2003 and sentenced to long prison sentences for their nonviolent activism. They refused to go into exile spending more time in prison with no guarantee of an early release.

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