Europe - Cuba Network Statement
The Europe Cuba Network is calling on the Cuban government to immediately release long time human rights defender, Jorge Luis García Pérez, also known as “Antúnez”.
The members of the Europe Cuba Network are gravely concerned for the welfare of Antúnez, a former Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience, who presented video testimony to the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee on “Countering Repression and Strengthening Civil Society in Cuba” on Thursday, 7 June.
On Saturday, 9 June, Antúnez was arrested. He was reportedly pepper-sprayed and beaten unconscious before being removed from his cell. His current whereabouts are unknown.
The Europe Cuba Network urges the European Union (EU) and its member states to make urgent representations on behalf of Antúnez to the Cuban government. The Europe Cuba Network also calls on the EU and other members of the international community to hold the Cuban government to account for all attacks on Cuban human rights defenders and specifically for the physical welfare of Antúnez.
Christian Solidarity Worldwide – United Kingdom
?lov?k v tísni/ People in Need – Czech Republic
Cuba Futuro - Netherlands
Eastern Europe Studies Centre- Lithuania
Freedom and Democracy Foundation - Poland
Fundación Hispano Cubana - Spain
Italian Helsinki Committee for Human Rights – Italy
Internationale Gesellschaft für Menschenrechte/International Society for Human Rights Germany
Kristdemokratiskt Internationellt Center/Christian Democratic International Center -Sweden
OZ ?lovek v ohrození / People in Peril Association– Slovak Republic
Solidaridad Española con Cuba – Spain
Unitas Foundation – Estonia
Swedish International Liberal Centre – Sweden
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