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Cuba: Further information on prisoners of conscience / possible POCs / legal concern

, Index number: AMR 25/039/1997

Abel Fleit Ricardo Gonzalez Alfonso, Daula Carpio Mata (f), Jenny Julia Godoy Carpio (f), Maria Felicia Mata Machado (f), Roxanna Carpio Mata (f), Ileana Penalver Duque (f), Vicente Garcia Ramos, Guillermo Farina Cabeza, Lilian Meneses Martinez (f), Ivan Lemus Romero, Jose Antonio Alvarado Almeida, Jose Miguel Llera Benitez, Danilo Santos Mendez es Mendez and Arelis Fleites Mendez: On 23 October 1997, 10 of the above-named individuals were tried and convicted. Daula Carpio Mata was tried and convicted on 29 October. Abel Fleit Ricardo Gonzalez Alfonso, Guillermo Farina Cabeza and Jenny Julia Godoy Carpio were released.

EXTERNAL AI Index: AMR 25/39/97
30 October 1997
Further information on EXTRA 139/97 (AMR 25/37/97, 17 October 1997 and follow-up
AMR 25/38/97, 21 October) - Prisoners of Conscience / Possible POCs / Legal
Concern
CUBARicardo GONZALEZ ALFONSO, journalist
Daula CARPIO MATA (f), member of the unofficial Partido Pro Derechos Humanos
en Cuba (PPDHC), Party for Human Rights in Cuba
Jenny Julia GODOY CARPIO (f), 15, Daula Carpio Mata’s daughter
María Felicia MATA MACHADO (f), 54, Daula Carpio Mata’s mother
Roxanna CARPIO MATA (f), Daula Carpio Mata’s sister
Ileana PEÑALVER DUQUE (f)
Vicente GARCIA RAMOS
Guillermo FARIÑAS CABEZAS
Lilian MENESES MARTINEZ (f)
Iván LEMA ROMERO
José Antonio ALVARADO ALMEIDA
José Miguel LLERA BENITEZ
Danilo SANTOS MENDEZ
Arélis FLEITES MENDEZ
On 23 October 199, 10 of the members of the unofficial Partido Pro Derechos
Humanos en Cuba (PPDHC), Party for Human Rights in Cuba, who had been arrested
on 14 October 1997 in Santa Clara after going on hunger-strike, were brought
to trial in the Santa Clara municipal court. They were charged with associating
with others to commit a crime [asociación para delinquir] and disobedience
[desobediencia]. All 10 were convicted and received the following sentences:
Iván Lema Romero, Roxanna Carpio Mata and José Miguel Llera Benítez were
sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment. Danilo Santos Méndez, Vicente García
Ramos and José Antonio Alvarado Almeida were sentenced to 18 months’
“correctional work with internment” [trabajo correccional con internamiento].
Lilian Meneses Martínez and Ileana Peñalver Duque were sentenced to 18 months’
“correctional work without internment” [trabajo correccional sin
internamiento] which means that they will have to attend a work camp (granja]
during the day but may return home at night. María Felicia Mata Machado and
Arélis Fleites Mendez were sentenced to 18 months’ “restricted liberty”
[limitación de libertad] and payment of a fine. They reportedly intend to
appeal against the sentences.
The trial of Daula Carpio Mata, the provincial delegate of the PPDHC for Villa
Clara province whose arrest on 9 October provoked the hunger-strike, took place
on 29 October in the same court. She was reportedly accused of verbally
attacking the prosecutor in a trial she had attended some time earlier as a
member of the public. She was found guilty of the offence of “assault”,
atentado, and sentenced to 16 months’ “correctional work with internment”.
Journalist Ricardo González Alfonso had been released without charge on 18
October. Guillermo Fariñas Cabezas was also released on 18 October. It is
not clear whether he still faces any charge. Jenny Julia Godoy Carpio, aged
15, who had been taken to a minors’ detention centre, was released on 20 October
after agreeing to come off hunger strike.
Amnesty International is continuing to seek further information about the
charges brought against Daula Carpio Mata and the other 10 PPDHC members.
It is concerned that those imprisoned may be prisoners of conscience detained
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solely for peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of expression,
association and assembly.
No further action is required from the Urgent Action network. Thank you to
all those who sent appeals.

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