Amnesty International (AI) asked the Cuban government this Saturday to allow it to enter the island to verify the current situation of detainees last July 11 during the protests that were generated in repudiation of the crisis that the country is experiencing.
“For years, in AI we have requested entry to Cuba, without success. Today I reiterate my request to (president) Miguel Díaz-Canel to enter the country to verify the situation of unjustly imprisoned people for exercising your right to protest“, transmitted Erika Guevara-Rosas, Director for the Americas of AI on his official Twitter account.
The leader shared a letter sent on August 5 to the Cuban authorities in which she requests that they provide information regarding the number of people who were detained in the protests.
The organization also requested information on the number of people who, to date, have been released, “and how many remain in the custody of the state and in the process of investigation “.
The conflict began on July 11 when hundreds of Cubans took to the streets to protest against the Government whom they blame for shortage of food, commodities and medicines, the proliferation of shops with exclusive payment in foreign currency and the usual power outages.
Cuba is going through a serious economic crisis, with its coffers empty and unable to face its debts, to which is also added a dangerous rise in covid-19 cases in the last weeks.
The truth is that the protests, which ranged from peaceful demonstrations to clashes with the police and looting in some towns, left dozens of detainees, including anonymous citizens, artists, opposition activists and independent journalists.
But the government has not offered data on detainees and it is unknown how many there are, although organizations have done their own studies that number them from more than one hundred to thousands throughout the country.
According to judicial authorities, until last August 5 62 people have been tried for their participation in the protests, but the official number of detainees is still unknown.
In this context, AI requested in its letter that the Cuban Government send information regarding the specific location of the detention centers where the people are detained, as well as the breakdown by jail or other place of detention in different parts of the country.
He also requested that the authorities indicate the criminal charges made, broken down by number of people detained and broken down by gender or sex.
The note, titled “Urgent information on arbitrarily detained persons”, was also addressed to Yamila Peña Ojeda, Attorney General of Cuba.
With information from EFE