The Eastern Europe Studies centre together with other 12 European NGOs is calling on the Cuban government to immediately release long time human rights defender, Jorge Luis García Pérez, also known as “Antúnez”.
Antúnez, a former Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience, presented video testimony to the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee on “Countering Repression and Strengthening Civil Society in Cuba” on Thursday, 7 June. He was arrested on Saturday, 9 June. Antúnez was reportedly pepper-sprayed and beaten unconscious before being removed from his cell. His current whereabouts are unknown.
European NGO network urges the European Union (EU) and its member states to make urgent representations on behalf of Antúnez to the Cuban government. It also calls on the EU and other members of the international community to hold the Cuban government to account for all attacks on Cuban human rights defenders and specifically for the physical welfare of Antúnez.
The complete text of the joint NGO statement is available HERE.