Torture in Cuba
Calendar
February 2010
M T W T F S S
« Jan   Mar »
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
Archives

THE INTER-AMERICAN COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGTHS CONDEMNS DEATH OF ORLANDO
ZAPATAIN CUBA
2010-02-28.
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

(www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- Washington, D.C., February 26, 2010 — The
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, IACHR, deeply regrets and
condemns the death of Cuban dissident Orlando Zapata Tamayo, who died of
starvation after 85 days on a hunger strike. The IACHR expresses its
condolences and solidarity with his next of kin.

Mr. Zapata Tamayo was one of the victims in IACHR Case No. 12.476, in
which the Inter-American Commission recommended to the State of Cuba
that it order the immediate and unconditional release of all the victims
in the case and overturn their convictions, inasmuch as they were based
on laws that impose unlawful restrictions on their human rights. The
report on the merits in this case, approved on October 21, 2006, also
recommended that the State adopt the measures necessary to adapt its
laws, procedures, and practices to international human rights laws;
redress the victims and their next of kin for the pecuniary and
non-pecuniary damages suffered as a result of the violations of the
American Declaration established in the report; and adopt the measures
necessary to prevent a recurrence of similar acts. The State of Cuba has
not complied with the IACHR's recommendations.

Orlando Zapata Tamayo was detained in March 2003, as part of a crackdown
by the State of Cuba against human rights activists and independent
journalists. Between April 3 and 7, 2003, the more than 70 individuals
who had been detained in March were subject to proceedings that lasted
no longer than a day and were held behind closed doors, with access
barred to reporters, diplomats, and the general public. At the end of
the proceedings, they were sentenced to prison terms of up to 28 years.
At that time, Mr. Zapata Tamayo was sentenced to three years in prison.

Subsequently, Mr. Zapata Tamayo was sentenced in Cuba to additional
prison terms, due to his dissident opinions. According to news accounts,
he had reportedly been sentenced to 36 years in prison. Information
received by the IACHR indicates that Mr. Zapata Tamayo had been
subjected to torture and inhumane treatment in the Kilo 8 prison.

Meanwhile, the IACHR also received information that, following the death
of Mr. Zapata Tamayo, at least 50 dissidents reportedly were detained or
forced to remain in their houses to prevent them from attending the wake
and funeral.

The Commission reiterates that restrictions to political rights and to
freedom of expression and the dissemination of thought; the lack of
elections; and the lack of independence of the judiciary create a
permanent situation in Cuba in which the fundamental rights of its
citizens are violated. The Commission once again urges the State to
carry out the reforms that are necessary in accordance with its
international human rights obligations.

The IACHR would like to reiterate to the State of Cuba the
recommendation that it order the immediate and unconditional release of
all the victims in Case 12.476 and overturn their convictions, inasmuch
as they were based on laws that impose unlawful restrictions on their
human rights. The IACHR also urges the State of Cuba to adapt its legal
procedures to applicable international standards for due process, so
that those who go before the courts for a determination of their rights
and responsibilities can count on the minimum legal guarantees to be
able to exercise their defense.

A principal, autonomous body of the Organization of American States,
OAS, the IACHR derives its mandate from the OAS Charter and the
American Convention on Human Rights. The Commission is composed of seven
independent members who act in a personal capacity, without representing
a particular country, and who are elected by the OAS General Assembly.

María Isabel Rivero
Directora de la Oficina de Prensa y
Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
Tel. +1 (202) 458-3867

THE INTER-AMERICAN COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGTHS CONDEMNS DEATH OF ORLANDO
ZAPATAIN CUBA – Misceláneas de Cuba (28 February 2010)
http://www.miscelaneasdecuba.net/web/article.asp?artID=25969

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

We run various sites in defense of human rights and need support to pay for more powerful servers. Thank you.
Recent Comments