Friday, March 18, 2016

Regional human rights body reports on politically motivated machete attack against Cuban dissident

Sirley Ávila León who was the victim of a politically motivated machete attack mentioned in Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) 2015 Annual Report published in 2016.

Photos of injuries suffered by Sirley Ávila León in May 24, 2015 machete attack
PM 428/15 – Sirley Ávila León, Cuba

23. On September 2, 2015, the IACHR requested that precautionary measures be adopted for Sirley Ávila León. Based on the request filed by the Cuban Democratic Directorate (Directorio Democrático Cubano ) with the Commission , Ávila has been subjected to harassment and threats, which came to a head in May 2015, when the proposed beneficiary was allegedly the victim of a machete attack as a result of her work as a human rights defender. After examining the allegations of fact and law submitted by the requesting party, the Commission believes that the information shows that Sirley Ávila León is at serious and urgent risk, inasmuch as her safety and life are threatened. Accordingly, as provided under Article 25 of the IACHR Rules of Procedure, the Commission requests Cuba to adopt the necessary measures to ensure the life and personal integrity of the beneficiary and to make it possible for her to engage in her activities as a human rights defender without being subjected to acts of violence and harassment. Additionally, it requests the State to come to an agreement with the beneficiary and her representatives on what measures must be taken and to report actions taken to investigate the alleged incidents, which gave rise to the adoption of the instant precautionary measure and thus prevent them from happening again. [ Read the full resolution in Spanish]


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