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Cuban man still imprisoned, parents harassed – Amnesty International

Document – Cuban man still imprisoned, parents harassed

Further information on UA: 92/12 Index: AMR 25/025/2012 Cuba Date: 26

October 2012


cuban man still imprisoned, parents harassed

of conscience Antonio Michel Lima Cruz was released from

in Cuba on 24 October. His brother Marcos Máiquel Lima Cruz, also a

, still has a minimum 10 months to serve. Their

parents continue to be harassed.

On 24 October, Antonio Michel Lima Cruz was released from La Ladrillera

prison in the eastern province of Holguín, having completed his

sentence. He and brother Marcos Máiquel Lima Cruz had been detained on

25 December 2010 at their home in Holguín. They had been playing songs

by a Cuban hip-hop group, whose lyrics criticize the lack of of

in Cuba; they also danced in front of their house whilst

holding the Cuban flag. Antonio Michel Lima Cruz and Marcos Máiquel Lima

Cruz were sentenced to two and three years in prison respectively for

"insulting symbols of the homeland" (ultraje a los símbolos de la

pátria) and "public disorder" (desórdenes públicos). It is believed that

their imprisonment was politically motivated, making them prisoners of


Their parents Marco Antonio Lima Dalmao and Adisnidia Cruz Segreo have

been subjected to constant harassment – including frequent short-term

arbitrary detention – in relation to their peaceful activities as

government critics. A group of approximately 10 officers and 10

officials from the Department of State Security forced their way into

the parents' home on 11 August without a warrant. They were both

and had materials confiscated, including laptops and mobile

phones. During the arrest, Marcos Antonio Lima Dalmao, who has a history

of cardiac problems, started to experience chest pains and was taken

briefly to before being transferred to the Department of State

Security's provincial headquarters (known as Pedernales) in Holguín

Province. Both he and Adisnidia Cruz Segreo were held without charge

until 15 August.

Two unknown individuals attempted to violently mug Marco Antonio Lima

Dalmao on 28 September as he was heading to a meeting with other

government critics, before fleeing as bystanders intervened. His wrist

was fractured in two places. Immediately following the incident he

became aware that he was being filmed from across the street by an

unknown individual on a motorcycle. He believes that the authorities had

been trying to capture footage of his involvement in a violent clash in

order to use it against him.

Please write immediately in Spanish or your own language:

Calling on the Cuban authorities to release Marcos Máiquel Lima

Cruz immediately and unconditionally, as he is a prisoner of conscience,

detained solely for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of


Calling on them to immediately cease the harassment of Marco

Antonio Lima Dalmao and Adisnidia Cruz Segreo, and all other citizens

who peacefully exercise their rights to freedom of expression and



Head of State and Government

Raúl Castro Ruz

de la República de Cuba

La Habana, Cuba

Fax: +53 7 83 33 085 (via Foreign Ministry); +1 212 779 1697 (via Cuban

Mission to UN)

Email: (c/o Cuban Mission to UN)

Salutation: Your Excellency

Attorney General

Dr. Darío Delgado Cura

Fiscal General de la República,

Fiscalía General de la República, Amistad 552, e/Monte y Estrella,

Centro Habana,

La Habana, Cuba

Salutation: Dear Attorney General

And copies to:

Interior Minister

General Abelardo Coloma Ibarra

Ministro del Interior y Prisiones

Ministerio del Interior,

Plaza de la Revolución,

La Habana, Cuba

Fax: +1 212 779 1697 (via Cuban Mission to UN)


Salutation: Your Excellency

Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country.

Please check with your section office if sending appeals after the above

date. This is the first update of UA 92/12. Further information:


cuban man still imprisoned, parents harassed

ADditional Information

Antonio Michel Lima Cruz was due to be released on 25 December, but was

given an early release due to a policy which grants prisoners a

two-month reduction in their sentence every year for "good conduct"

("buena conducta"), applicable after one year in prison. This means that

Marcos Máiquel Lima Cruz may be released on 25 August 2013.

Antonio Michel Lima Cruz was incarcerated at La Ladrillera prison in

Holguín Province, where his brother Marcos Máiquel is still held.

Following his release, Antonio Michel Lima Cruz told Amnesty

International that he continues to suffer from prostate problems, which

began during the six months he and his brother were held in pre-trial

detention in Pedernales where he received no medical attention. During

his time at La Ladrillera, Antonio Michel Lima Cruz said that he did not

receive sufficient medical treatment and the medication he was provided

with was not effective, forcing him to depend on medication supplied by

family and supporters.

Antonio Michel Lima Cruz and Marcos Máiquel Lima Cruz are members of the

Cuban Council of Human Rights Rapporteurs (Consejo de Relatores de

de Cuba) – an island-wide umbrella group of

organizations – and the Republican Youth Impact Movement (Movimiento

Impacto Juvenil Republicano). Both organizations have been denied

official recognition, which is the case for all groups deemed to be

critical of the government. The brothers are both independent

journalists and were co-founders of the online newspaper Candonga, which

was closed by the Cuban authorities in 2009.

Marco Antonio Lima Dalmao is the Holguín Province coordinator of the

organization Patriotic Union of Cuba (Unión Patriótica de Cuba, UNPACU),

an umbrella group of Cuban organizations operating in and

around the province of Santiago de Cuba, which seeks democratic change

by non-violent means. Adisnidia Cruz Segreo is a member of the Ladies in

White, a movement that campaigns for the release of political prisoners

and for the lifting of restrictions on fundamental civil and political

freedoms in Cuba. Both are regularly arbitrarily detained for short

periods. Adisnidia Cruz Segreo was held without charge for several hours

on 21 October to prevent her from attending mass with other Ladies in

White. Marco Antonio Lima Dalmao was last detained on 13 October when he

was arrested on the street and held for five hours before being released

without charge.

Name: Antonio Michel Lima Cruz (m), Marcos Máiquel Lima Cruz (m), Marco

Antonio Lima Dalmao (m), Adisnidia Cruz Segreo (f)

Gender m/f: both

Further information on UA: 92/12 Index: AMR 25/025/2012 Issue Date: 26

October 2012

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