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    Call for release of blogger held for past two months

    Call for release of blogger held for past two months
    Published on Monday 29 April 2013.

    Reporters Without Borders calls on the Cuban authorities to quickly
    release Angel Santiesteban-Prats, a writer and blogger who has been held
    for the past two months and who has been on hunger strike since his
    transfer to a different prison at the start of this month. He is now in
    an isolation cell.

    “On 9 April, the same day that the authorities acceded to calls for
    dissident journalist Calixto Martínez’s release, Santiesteban-Prats was
    transferred to Prison 1850 in the Havana suburb of San Miguel del Padrón
    and was subjected to a ‘maximum-severity’ regime of treatment.

    “His detention is both cruel and absurd. The authorities are trying to
    make an example out of him, but they will never be able to prevent the
    population from expressing itself in diverse ways. We urge them to
    release him without delay. At the same time, we appeal to him to abandon
    his hunger strike.

    “The Cuban government took over the rotating presidency of the Community
    of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) in January, but it has
    yet to honour its international obligations as regards human rights and
    fundamental freedoms. The other CELAC members should remind Cuba of this
    requirement.”

    Arrested on 28 February to begin serving a five-year jail sentence,
    Santiesteban-Prats was placed in an isolation cell, without water or
    light, when he went on hunger strike following his transfer to Prison 1850.

    Currently allowed to use the phone for only a few minutes a day, he
    reported on 22 April that prison guards had held him down and forced him
    to drink a filthy liquid that made him ill.

    Santiesteban-Prats received the five-year jail sentence on trumped-up
    charges of “home violation” and “injuries” at the end of a summary trial
    on 8 December.

    The winner of major literary prizes, he was arrested several times prior
    to the trial in connection with the political views he expressed. The
    harassment increased after he created his blog, The children no one
    wanted, in which he criticized the government.

    One other news provider is currently detained in Cuba. It is Luis
    Antonio Torres, a reporter for the government newspaper Granma, who was
    arrested in 2011 and was sentenced in July 2012 to 14 years in prison on
    spying charges for which no evidence has ever been produced. Reporters
    Without Borders also calls for his rapid release.

    http://en.rsf.org/cuba-call-for-release-of-blogger-held-29-04-2013,44451.html

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