Documento - Cuba: Further information: Cuban activist released: Antonio Rodiles

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Further information on UA: 333/12 Index: AMR 25/028/2012 Cuba Date: 28 November 2012

URGENT ACTION

CUBAN ACTIVIST RELEASED

Government critic Antonio Rodiles was released on 26 November and charges of “resisting authority” against him have been dropped. He was forced to pay an “administrative” fine and was warned not to continue with his peaceful activism in Cuba.

Antonio Rodiles, the national coordinator of a civil society initiative calling on the government to ratify international human rights treaties, was released on the afternoon of 26 November having spent 19 days in detention. Charges of “resisting authority” (resistencia) against him were withdrawn. However, on his release he was ordered to pay an “administrative” fine of 800 Cuban pesos (US$30), the equivalent of nearly twice the average monthly salary in Cuba.

A few hours before his release, he was issued with an official warning (acta de advertencia), informing him that if he continued with his activism, he would face arrest and criminal charges. Antonio Rodiles refused to sign the document.

Antonio Rodiles was held at the police station in Avenida de Acosta, in the Havana municipality of 10 de Octubre. He told Amnesty International how he had been set upon by a group of about 10 men during his arrest on 7 November. He was pinned to the ground and punched and the blows continued as he was led away to a police vehicle. Antonio Rodiles said that as a result he was left with a badly-bruised left eye and other bruises on his body.

Antonio Rodiles is national coordinator of Citizen Demand for Another Cuba (Demanda Ciudadana Por Otra Cuba), an initiative calling for Cuba to ratify the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, as well as the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, which the country signed in 2008.

Amnesty International will continue to monitor his situation closely, and will take further action as appropriate.

No further action is requested at this time from the UA network. Many thanks to all who sent appeals.

This is the first update of UA 333/12. Further information: http://amnesty.org/en/library/info/AMR25/026/2012/en.

Name: Antonio Rodiles

Gender m/f: m

Further information on UA: 333/12 Index: AMR 25/028/2012 Issue Date: 28 November 2012

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