11 April 2010

Resolution on the Human Rights situation in Cuba, adopted by FIDH’s 37th Congress in Yerevan

Resolution on the Human Rights situation in Cuba

Presented by the Ligue française des droits de l’Homme et du citoyen

The International Federation for Human rights (FIDH), meeting at its 37th

Congress in Yerevan, Armenia wishes to express its deepest concern

regarding the political repression against members of the opposition in Cuba.

Orlando Zapata, one of the 201 political prisoners in Cuba and a member of

“Cuban Democratic Directory”, an organisation which is not recognized by the

Cuban government, died on February 23, 2010 after 85 days of hunger strike

for having protested against the conditions of his detention.

According to Mr Elizardo Sanchez, president of the Commission for Human

Rights and National Reconciliation, an FIDH member organisation, the delay in

providing appropriate care constituted “ a virtual and premeditated

assassination”. Mr Oswaldo Paya, laureate of the Sakharov prize awarded by

the European Parliament, also accused the authorities for having slowly killed

Orlando Zapata, who was according to him victim of assaults and racist

violence at the time of his detention.

Guillermo “Coco” Farinas, psychologist and independent journalist, took over

the hunger strike after Zapata’s death. Hospitalised in Santa Clara, he refused

political asylum offered by Spain and requested release of the 26 sick political

prisoners. He is supported by Franklin Pelegrino, also on hunger strike with

Holguin, and by Darsi Ferrer, also a hunger striker at the prison of Valle

Grande in Havana, who, after having investigated as a doctor the public health

system and the situation of human rights in Cuba, is in prison since July 21,

2009 without any charges notified to him.

The “ladies in white”, association of the political prisoners’ wives, who daily

demonstrate in the center of Havana, have been victims of repeated acts of

harassment from the Cuban armed forces.

The 37th congress of the FIDH, in solidarity with its Cuban organisation,

condemns detention of political opponents, arrests and detentions without

judgment and ill treatments directed against the citizens who peacefully

demonstrate their dissent with the policy of the Cuban government.

The Congress calls upon the Cuban authorities to put a term to these repeated

violations of human rights and to respect the principles which guarantee the

democratic liberties under the Rule of law.
Last Update 1 June 2010
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