Call for release of blogger held for past two months

first_imgNews April 29, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for release of blogger held for past two months News New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council RSF_en May 6, 2020 Find out more Organisation CubaAmericas News Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet Help by sharing this information center_img October 15, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders calls on the Cuban authorities to quickly release Angel Santiesteban-Prats, a writer and blogger who has been held for the past two months and who has been on hunger strike since his transfer to a different prison at the start of this month. He is now in an isolation cell.“On 9 April, the same day that the authorities acceded to calls for dissident journalist Calixto Martínez’s release, Santiesteban-Prats was transferred to Prison 1850 in the Havana suburb of San Miguel del Padrón and was subjected to a ‘maximum-severity’ regime of treatment.“His detention is both cruel and absurd. The authorities are trying to make an example out of him, but they will never be able to prevent the population from expressing itself in diverse ways. We urge them to release him without delay. At the same time, we appeal to him to abandon his hunger strike.“The Cuban government took over the rotating presidency of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) in January, but it has yet to honour its international obligations as regards human rights and fundamental freedoms. The other CELAC members should remind Cuba of this requirement.”Arrested on 28 February to begin serving a five-year jail sentence, Santiesteban-Prats was placed in an isolation cell, without water or light, when he went on hunger strike following his transfer to Prison 1850. Currently allowed to use the phone for only a few minutes a day, he reported on 22 April that prison guards had held him down and forced him to drink a filthy liquid that made him ill.Santiesteban-Prats received the five-year jail sentence on trumped-up charges of “home violation” and “injuries” at the end of a summary trial on 8 December.The winner of major literary prizes, he was arrested several times prior to the trial in connection with the political views he expressed. The harassment increased after he created his blog, The children no one wanted, in which he criticized the government.One other news provider is currently detained in Cuba. It is Luis Antonio Torres, a reporter for the government newspaper Granma, who was arrested in 2011 and was sentenced in July 2012 to 14 years in prison on spying charges for which no evidence has ever been produced. Reporters Without Borders also calls for his rapid release. RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago to go further Receive email alerts Follow the news on Cuba News CubaAmericas October 12, 2018 Find out morelast_img read more

JFF sets up mobile ticket outlet

first_img Match time is 7 p.m. and gates open at 4 p.m. Tickets will not be on sale at the National Stadium today. The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) will have a mobile ticket outlet located in front of its offices, 20 St Lucia Crescent, New Kingston today ahead of this evening’s CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying match against Costa Rica.    The outlet will be in operation from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.    According to a release from the JFF, the mobile outlet will be set up in light of the fact that the World Cup Qualifier will take place on a holiday and three of the regular outlets will be closed. Tickets will also be available today at the following outlets: York Pharmacy, Jamaica Pegasus, Petcom Portmore, Captain’s Bakery outlets (except Cross Roads and downtown), Total Service Stations (Stanton Terrace, Liguanea and Dunrobin), Richie B’s Liquor Centre at Mary Brown’s Corner and World of Sport, Negril.last_img read more