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Political activist released without charge: José Daniel Ferrer García

Document – Cuba: Further information: Political activist released

without charge: José Daniel Ferrer García

Further information on UA: 229/12 Index: AMR 25/020/2012 Cuba Date: 2

August 2012


political activist released without charge

Political activist José Daniel Ferrer García was released without charge

in the early afternoon of 1 August following an arrest by aimed

at preventing his .

José Daniel Ferrer García was by police officers late on the

evening of 30 July; he was transferred to the provincial headquarters of

the Department of State Security, known as "Pedernales", located in the

city of Holguín in the province of Holguín. He was held in a cell there

until his release. His repeated questions as to why he was being

detained were met with replies of "we are following orders". José Daniel

Ferrer García told Amnesty International that he believes he was

arrested to stop him travelling to the capital, Havana where he had

planned to hold meetings with other government critics who are

peacefully seeking greater respect for civil and political rights in Cuba.

José Daniel Ferrer García had been travelling by car en route to the

Havana when he was stopped by police and arrested. He was accompanied by

three members of his organization, the Patriotic Union of Cuba (Unión

Patriótica de Cuba, UNPACU), who were all immediately returned to their

homes in the province of Santiago de Cuba.

Amnesty International will be monitoring his situation closely, and will

take further action as appropriate.

Many thanks to all who sent appeals. No further action is requested at

this time from the UA network.

This is the first update of UA 229/12. Further information:

Name: José Daniel Ferrer García

Gender m/f: m

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