CASE UPDATE: UNPACU Member & Independent Journalist Fernando Vázquez Guerra Released After Serving 3+ Years for Unpaid Fines
On July 21, 2021, independent journalist and UNPACU member Mr. Fernando Vázquez Guerra was released from Kilo-7 prison in Camagüey, Cuba.
Mr. Vázquez was out on parole in 2016 after serving time related to his political activism. In 2017, while on probation, he was re-arrested and re-detained on fabricated crimes of unpaid fines, and sentenced to an additional 3 years.
Last month, several members of the Association of Free Yorubas of Cuba were detained and now face charges related to participation in peaceful protests that broke out in provinces across the island on July 11.
The Free Yorubas charged, including members Loreto Hernandez Garcia, Donaida Perez Paseiro, and Elizabeth Cintra Garcia, are currently being held in provisional prisons or under house arrest as a precautionary measure until a trial is held.
CASE UPDATE: Habeas Corpus Filed on Behalf of Pastor Lorenzo Rosales Fajardo Denied by Provincial Court of Santiago de Cuba
On July 30, 2021, the People’s Provincial Court of Santiago de Cuba denied a Habeas Corpus petition filed on behalf of evangelical Pastor Lorenzo Rosales Fajardo, who has been unjustly held incommunicado for over 4 weeks after having peacefully protested July 11.
On July 18, Grupo Juridico de Ayuda Ciudadana (Citizen Aid Legal Group) issued an open letter to Cuba’s public offices and courts denouncing the abuse of rule of law by the Cuban government as they treat acts of peaceful protest as public disorder.
On July 16, GLA President Jason Poblete joined EWTN's Montse Alvarado on EWTN News in Depth to discuss the current protests in Cuba.
ICYMI, on July 19, 2021, RealClear Politics published an article titled "Biden's Cuba Crossroads," in which GLA President Jason Poblete discusses the current administration's opportunity to make history when it comes to US-Cuba policy.
On July 17, a group of 60 Catholic priests from Brazil along with former students at the Pontifical International College Maria Mater Eclesiae in Rome wrote a letter of solidarity to Father Castor Álvarez, priest of the Archdiocese of Camaguey, Cuba, after he was beaten and detained July 11, while defending young protestors from violence.
The following letter was released by several Cuban American Catholic Bishops in regards to the July 11, demonstrations and protests in Cuba.
Thousands of Cubans took to the streets on Sunday in several cities throughout their island nation to peacefully assemble and protest, calling for liberty, free exercise of their fundamental freedoms, and change. Cuban state security forces were deployed, and many demonstrators were beaten, arrested and disappeared by the evening. The whereabouts of many are still unknown.
NEWS ALERT: Association of Free Yorubas of Cuba Successfully File Complaint in Cuba Against Cuban Officials for Discrimination, Religious Freedom
On Monday, June 28, members of the Association of Free Yorubas of Cuba appeared at the People’s Court and Prosecutor’s Office of Placetas, Villa Clara, to file a complaint about dozens of religious freedom violations. The Free Yorubas are requesting an investigation into these violations, which are prohibited under the Cuban Constitution.