Amnesty International condemns trials against 11J protesters

MIAMI, United States. – Amnesty International (AI) condemned this Wednesday the trials held in Cuba against citizens who demonstrated in the anti-government protests of July 11, 2021.

Érika Guevara Rosas, director for the Americas of that organization, assured in Twitter that with the trials against the 11J protesters, the Cuban regime tries to give an example to civil society, which is increasingly active against human rights violations on the island.

“This week they begin trials against people detained for exercising their human rights in Cuba. These trials, which lack guarantees of a fair trial, are a punishment and a nefarious message that the government sends to the population that exercised their right to protest, ”said the Mexican-American jurist.

The trials against the 11J protesters have been characterized by government secrecy, by the lack of guarantees of the accused and by the severe sentences handed down against many of those implicated in the protests.

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At the end of December, more than 30 citizens of the Havana town of La Güinera received sentences of between 12 and 30 years, as he was able to verify CubaNet.

Last Friday, January 7, thirteen of the protesters who participated in the 11J protests in the municipality of Sagebrush, in the province of the same name, received their sentences that ranged from four years of limited supervised release to 12 years in prison.

The digital portal Cuban newspaper He says that 66 other 11J prisoners are facing trials this week. Of this total, 16 correspond to a trial in Villa Clara, led by the prosecutor Dayli Carrazana Rodríguez; 20 in Havana, including young people accused of the crime of sedition, by the prosecutor Susdinay Acosta Traba; 21 people in Holguín, also accused of sedition, prosecuted by Fernando Sera Planas; and nine detainees in Güines, Mayabeque.

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