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Cuba: Legal concern / ill-treatment

, Index number: AMR 25/031/1996

Nestor Rodriguez Lobaina, Radames Garcia de la Vega: AI is concerned about the legal situation of the above, whose freedom of movement has been arbitrarily restricted and both of whom were also reportedly ill-treated while in detention. A further concern is that their case is the first in recent years, to AI's knowledge, where internal exile as a punishment has been meted out by Cuban courts. The president and vice-president respectively of Young People for Democracy, they were first arrested on 6 June in Havana on charges of "disrespect" and "resistance", reportedly in connection with their peaceful attempts to organize a movement for university reform.

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