NEW YORK — Human Rights Foundation (HRF) demands the Cuban government to allow international attorney Kimberley Motley to verify the location, charges, and conditions of imprisonment of prominent Cuban artist and activist Danilo "El Sexto" Maldonado Machado.
Yesterday, Motley tried to visit Maldonado at his last known detention site, Havana’s El Combinado del Este maximum security prison. Motley was barred from seeing Maldonado, and was denied access to basic information regarding official charges. Today, Motley plans to go to El Combinado del Este again to keep demanding access to Machado and his case file. She also plans to visit prisoner of conscience Eduardo Cardet, who was beaten and arrested for saying Fidel Castro was “hated” by the Cuban people during a telephone interview.
“After several hours outside the El Combinado del Este prison demanding information about Danilo [Maldonado], all I was told is that he is in fact been held there at unit number three, collective 29, of the company 3208,” said Motley in a phone conversation with HRF. “According to Article 58 of the Cuban Constitution ‘freedom and inviolability of persons is assured to all those who live in the country,’ and that includes Danilo. Unfortunately, he’s been in prison for over 21 days without formal charges and, as a consequence, has decided to go into hunger strike. Today, I hope that any remnant of the rule of law in Cuba is respected, and that I’ll be allowed to see Danilo,” she added.
Yesterday, HRF submitted an individual complaint to the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD), requesting that they initiate proceedings to investigate the arbitrary arrest and ongoing detention of El Sexto.
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Rodolfo Reyes Rodríguez, Ambassador
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