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Cuba: Further information on prisoner of conscience / legal concern: Hector Palacio Ruiz

, رقم الوثيقة: AMR 25/034/1997

AI has learned that on 4 September 1997, at a municipal court in Havana, Hector Palacio Ruiz, president of the Democratic Solidarity Party and member of the national coordinating council of Concilio Cubano (Cuban Concilium), was sentenced to 18 months' imprisonment for "disrespect".

EXTERNAL AI Index: AMR 25/34/97
5 September 1997
Further information on EXTRA 117/97 (AMR 25/31/97, 28 August 1997) - Prisoner
of Conscience/ Legal concern
CUBAHéctor PALACIO RUIZ
Amnesty International has learned that on 4 September 1997, at a municipal
court in Havana, Héctor Palacio Ruiz was sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment
for "desacato", "disrespect" (article 144 of the Penal Code).
Héctor Palacio, who is president of the Partido Solidaridad Democrático (PSD),
Democratic Solidarity Party, and a member of the national coordinating council
of Concilio Cubano, Cuban Concilium, had been arrested on 9 January 1997,
following statements he made to foreign journalists and in letters to foreign
governments about declarations made by President Fidel Castro at the Sixth
Ibero-American Summit in Chile in November 1996.
Amnesty International is concerned that Héctor Palacio may not have been granted
full judicial guarantees in accordance with international standards. According
to reports, friends and journalists were not permitted to attend the trial
and the witnesses that Héctor Palacio’s lawyer had requested were reportedly
not permitted to testify.
Amnesty International believes that Héctor Palacio is a prisoner of conscience,
detained solely for the non-violent exercise of his right to freedom of
expression, association and assembly.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express/
airmail letters in Spanish or in your own language:
- expressing concern that Héctor Palacio Ruiz has been sentenced to 18 months’
imprisonment for "disrespect" and that the trial may not have been in accordance
with international standards;
- calling for his immediate and unconditional release on the grounds that he
is a prisoner of conscience, detained solely for peacefully exercising his
right to freedom of expression, association and assembly;
- urging that all Cuban citizens be guaranteed their rights to freedom of
association, assembly and expression, in accordance with the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights and that the Cuban Government immediately cease
to imprison, force into exile or otherwise punish those who attempt to peacefully
exercise such rights.
APPEALS TO:
1) Attorney-General
Dr Juan Escalona Reguera
Fiscal General de la República
Fiscalía General de la República
San Rafael 3, La Habana, Cuba
Telegrams: Fiscal General, Havana, Cuba
Telexes: 511456 fisge
Salutation: Sr Fiscal General / Dear Attorney General
2) Minister of Foreign Affairs
Sr Roberto Robaina González
Ministro de Relaciones Exteriores
2
Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores
Calzada No. 360, Vedado, La Habana, Cuba
Telegrams: Ministro Relaciones Exteriores, Havana, Cuba
Telexes: 511122 / 511464 / 512950
Faxes: + 53 7 335261
Salutation: Señor Ministro / Dear Minister
3) Minister of the Interior
General Abelardo Colomé Ibarra
Ministro de Interior
Ministerio del Interior
Plaza de la Revolución, La Habana, Cuba
Telegrams: Ministro Interior, Havana, Cuba
Salutation: Señor Ministro / Dear Minister
COPIES TO:
National Union of Jurists
Unión Nacional de Juristas
Apartado 4161
La Habana 4, Cuba
Editor of Granma (daily newspaper)
Sr Jacinto Granda de Laserna
Granma, Apdo 6260, La Habana, Cuba
and to diplomatic representatives of Cuba accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 17 September 1997.

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