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Cuba : Des organisations et des médias indépendants appellent le gouvernement cubain à respecter la liberté d’expression

mardi 13 juillet 2021 - 8:52pm

Cuba

Mardi, 13 juillet 2021. Nous, les organisations signataires, condamnons la répression par le gouvernement cubain des manifestations de citoyens qui ont eu lieu le 11 juillet 2021 et qui se poursuivent jusqu’à ce jour. De même, nous lançons un appel urgent à l’administration présidée par Miguel Diaz-Canel pour qu’elle mette fin à tous les actes de violence et aux violations des droits de l’homme de la population, en recourant à la force, à la répression policière et à l’appel à l’affrontement entre Cubains.


(28 organisations et 9 médias signataires)

Traduction : Jean-Pierre Pelletier





Tuesday, 13 July 2021 - The undersigned organisations condemn the Cuban government's repression of the citizen protests that have been taking place since 11 July 2021 and which continue to this day. We also make an urgent call to the administration presided over by Miguel Díaz-Canel to stop all acts of violence and violations of the human rights of citizens, through the use of force, police repression and the call for confrontation between Cubans.

Cuba is going through a deep health, economic and political crisis. On Sunday and Monday, the streets complained to the government about the lack of individual freedoms, the insufficient medical services to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic, the havoc wreaked on family economies by the monetary order, food shortages, power cuts and the recurrent violence of the security forces against any expression of citizen discontent. Mass mobilisations occupied at least 58 different locations.

In response to the mobilisations, elements of the National Revolutionary Police, the Riot Squads, and the State Security Department carried out arbitrary arrests and physical aggressions against people who were demonstrating peacefully, including university students. Similarly, people from different independent media and activists[1] denounced the installation of security devices around their homes to prevent them from going out on the streets, a practice that the Cuban authorities have previously adopted as a tactic of intimidation. It is important to mention that international civil society organisations, activists and journalists present at the demonstrations or following them remotely reported cuts in internet service, social networking platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and instant messaging applications, events that have also been recorded on 12 July.

For his part, President Miguel Díaz-Canel called on supporters of the ruling party to take to the streets to confront the protesters, making a clear incitement to violence: "That is why we are calling on all revolutionaries in our country, all communists, to take to the streets in any of the places where these provocations are going to take place today, from now on and throughout these days".

After the message, groups supporting the Cuban government came out to attack and beat the demonstrators.

Among the violations registered by human rights organisations, there are acts against the physical and psychological integrity of people, legal security, the right to assembly, freedom of expression, access to information, personal freedom and the right to defend human rights. So far, several of the signatory organisations have registered dozens of people detained and/or disappeared at the hands of agents of the National Revolutionary Police and State Security, including minors, among the hundreds of detentions that we estimate to have occurred, a figure that has not been determined due to the cuts to internet service in the country, keeping the violated people in various areas incommunicado.

It is important to note that journalists covering the demonstration were assaulted, among them the Associated Press (AP) photojournalist Ramón Espinosa. Others, whose information is being documented, have not been located, such as the director of Hora de Cuba, Henry Constantín, Iris Mariño García, Neife Rigau and Orelvys Cabrera Sotolongo, Rolando Rodríguez Lobaina, Niober García or were detained, such as the director of Tremenda Nota, Maykel González Vivero. In addition, the arbitrary detention of journalist Camila Acosta, who is the Cuban correspondent for the Spanish newspaper ABC and also collaborates with Cubanet News, was recorded today.

The undersigned organisations have registered the growing social unrest that the lack of openness to dialogue, the punitive spirit of the Cuban authorities in their interaction with citizens and the constant harassment of civil society and independent media have provoked. In this context, the Cuban government has accused activists and journalists of being part of a destabilisation plan in order to undermine the legitimacy of the demands expressed in the various protests of today and years ago.

We therefore call on the government of Cuba, headed by Miguel Díaz Canel, to refrain from continuing to violate the rights of the Cuban people.

SIGNATORIES

Acción Constitucional

Amnistía Internacional ARTICLE 19 México y Centroamérica

Artists at Risk Connection

Asociación Pro Libertad de Prensa (APLP)

Aula Abierta

CADAL

Civil Rights Defenders

CUBALEX

Cuido60

Cultura Democrática

EXTITUTO

Freedom House

Freemuse

Fundación Artemisas

Fundación Ciudadanía y Desarrollo

Fundamedios

Gobierno y Análisis Político A.C.

IFEX-ALC

Instituto sobre Raza, Igualdad y Derechos Humanos

Movimiento San Isidro

Red Latinoamericana de Jóvenes por la Democracia (Juventud LAC)

Observatorio de Libertad Académica (OLA)

PEN Cubanos en el exilio

PEN International

People in Need

Prisoners Defenders

Programa Cuba

Programa Venezolano de Educación-Acción en Derechos Humanos (Provea)

MEDIA

ADN Cuba

Alas Tensas

Árbol Invertido

CiberCuba

Cubanet News

Diario de Cuba

Play-Off Magazine

Proyecto Inventario

Rialta

[1]Héctor Valdés Cocho, Luz Escobar, Tania Bruguera, Kirenia Yalit Núñez.

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