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
political activist released without charge
José Daniel Ferrer García was arrested 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