NEWS ALERT UPDATE: CUBA STATE SECURITY SUMMON INDEPENDENT JOURNALIST YOE SUÁREZ – SECOND TIME THIS MONTH
Last week, on June 17, Cuban journalist Yoe Suárez was taken to Siboney police headquarters. The police came to Mr. Suárez’s home with a summons about an hour after he resisted their attempts to take him into custody without legal justification.
As soon as police first tried to bring him to the station, Mr. Suárez shared his post about the incident with GLA, and expressed his expectation that police would return:
This latest summons comes on the heels of a summons and interrogation on June 5 by State Security, in which police threatened Mr. Suárez with establishing a perimeter around his home, preventing his family even from buying food.
GLA on-island legal counsel states that even if Cuba doesn’t abide by the Inter-American System of Human Rights, the government is violating various other international human rights conventions. While she observed that Cuba was ramping up repression in recent weeks, she noted that the persecution of Mr. Suárez since his precautionary measures protection has been particularly harsh. She expressed particular concern about Mr. Suárez’s wife and toddler, who were “constantly praying that Daddy would come back soon.”
GLA will keep updating on the situation as it unfolds.