JOSÉ DANIEL FERRER DETAINED ARBITRARILY AFTER MEETING WITH THE AMBASSADORS OF SPAIN AND HOLLAND

Jose Daniel Ferrer Garcia, Secretario Ejecutivo de la Unión Patriótica de Cuba (UNPACU)

PRESS RELEASE

When headed to the home of Elizardo Sánchez, 3 blocks from the Swedish Embassy …

JOSÉ DANIEL FERRER DETAINED ARBITRARILY AFTER MEETING WITH THE AMBASSADORS OF SPAIN AND HOLLAND

  • Authorities keep him and the whereabouts of José Daniel remain unknown
  • An activist of UNPACU led him in his vehicle to various embassies visited. First he went to the Dutch Embassy, where he interviewed with Dutch Ambassador. Then to the Spanish. At the Embassy of Spain he would have met with Ambassador Mr. Juan Francisco Montalbán.
  • Arriving at the Embassy of Sweden, after the Spanish Embassy, told the driver of the vehicle that he was already walking out to of Elizardo Sánchez’s home, which is located 3 blocks from the Embassy.
  • He was expected to be at Elizardo Sánchez’s, President of the CCDHRN, before 15:00.
  • After 6 hours being disappeared, at 21:00 today, not receiving calls from his cell from the approximate time of departure of the Embassy of Sweden, we assumed the detention of José Daniel Ferrer and his wife, Yusmila Reyna Ferrera, who accompanied him.
  • All this happens on the previous days of the CELAC Forum, and the simultaneous meeting CADAL had organized between leaders of dissency in Havana, which José Daniel was meant to attend. The Government had already warned it would not allow the dissents meeting coinciding with the meeting of the CELAC in Havana.
  • We fear, therefore, that José Daniel is expelled from Havana and led to Santiago de Cuba, where he lives, in order to take him away from CADAL’s meeting.

Havana, January 24, 2014 21:00. UNPACU.

José Daniel Ferrer, Secretario Ejecutivo de la UNPACU y Damas de Blanco
José Daniel Ferrer, Secretario Ejecutivo de la UNPACU y Damas de Blanco

José Daniel Ferrer was in Havana on the occasion of a great gathering of Cuban dissidents in the capital organized with the collaboration of CADAL (Center for the opening and the development of Latin America, registered at the OAS), on the same days in which the CELAC Summit would take place, in the coming days.

The Government had already warned that it would not allow a parallel meeting of the dissidents in Havana. This arrest would be an act of repression, arbitrary and unjustified by the Cuban authorities to suppress freedom of Association.

José Daniel Ferrer, who resides in Santiago de Cuba, would be arrested and is expected to be driven to Santiago de Cuba to prevent him from attending the meeting of the dissent backed by CADAL.

UNPACU has been in contact with the Embassy of Spain in Havana. The Embassy has called the authorities, who have denied knowledge of the whereabouts of José Daniel Ferrer. However, the Ambassador in person would be informed and hopefully take action on the subject.

For details on the subject, we encourage to contact Elizardo Sánchez Santa Cruz-Pacheco, President of the Cuban Commission for human rights and national reconciliation (CCDHRN) on phones (+53) 52 45 8060 and (+53) 7 203 8584

 

CONTACT THE PATRIOTIC UNION OF CUBA (UNPACU):

José Daniel Ferrer, Cuba, Executive Secretary  Telephone (unreachable now): +53 53 74 0544Félix Navarro Rodríguez, Cuba, General Coordinator  Telephone: +53 53 68 87 45Guillermo Fariñas, Cuba, Spokesperson  Telephone: +53 52 41 5709Luis Enrique Ferrer, Miami, Foreign Representative  Telephone: +1 786 553 1666

Email: unpacu@gmail.com

Javier Larrondo, Madrid, EU Representative

  Telephone: +34647564741

Email: info@unpacu.org

Website UNPACU (Patriotic Union of Cuba):www.unpacu.orgTweeter from José Daniel Ferrer:@jdanielferrerhttp://twitter.com/#!/jdanielferrerDirect videos from Cuba (YouTube Channel):http://www.youtube.com/user/unpacu

 

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