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[1]After 90 days of imprisonment, there is no formal accusation against the artist, Danilo Maldonado.Laritza Diversent, Havana, 25 March 2015 — Authorities are still imprisoning the artist, Danilo Maldonado, known as “El Sexto” (The Sixth), who was detained arbitrarily by the police.Maldonado, 31 years old, is an urban artist and painter who finds himself accused of “aggravated contempt,” a charge that the Cuban State uses to incarcerate people who are critical of the Government. He presently is serving 90 days in preventive custody in Valle Grande, on the outskirts of the Capital.On the afternoon of December 25, 2014, Maldonado staged a “show” in a spot in the city of Havana, when he was detained by police operatives. They arrested him for having two piglets in a sack. One was painted on the back with the name “Fidel,” and the other, with the name “Raul.”Both names are common; however, the authorities assumed that they disrespected the Castro brothers, and they could impose on him a sanction of between one and three years of prison. Cubalex presented an appeal before the Havana tribunal for the authorities to explain the motive for the detention, a recourse that was denied.The prosecutor didn’t even formally present the accusation before the tribunal. Maldonado’s lawyer asked the authorities several times to allow him to await trial in liberty, which request was also denied.In Cuban law, the crime of “contempt” is an amplified term that includes defamation or insults toward other Government employees, and it carries aggravated penalties when it is committed against the Head of State. The Inter-American Commission of Human Rights has said that this type of rule goes against freedom of expression and the free demonstration of ideas and opinions, which do not justify the imposition of sanctions.Let’s not forget that all those people who exercise public office or are important statesman, like the Heads of State or the Government, can be legitimate objects of criticism or political opposition. Freedom of expression should take place without inhibition in the public debate about Government officials.Let’s ask the Cuban State to guarantee and respect Danilo Maldonado’s right to freedom of expression, without restrictions. Furthermore, let’s ask the international community to speak up for his freedom and his right to a fair trial.About Cubalex:Cubalex, the Center of Legal Information, is located in Havana, Cuba. We are a non-profit organization founded in 2010, not recognized by the Cuban State. We offer free legal advice on housing, migration, inheritance, criminal appeals, constitutional procedures and defending civil and political rights, in the national and international arena, to Cuban citizens or foreigners who request our services.If you want a consultation, you can find us through our email: centrocubalex@gmail.com;or by telephone:  (537) 7 647-226 or  (+535)-241-5948Translated by Regina Anavy[1] https://jurisconsultocuba.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/danilo-el-sexto.jpg Continue reading
[caption id="attachment_39298" align="aligncenter" width="623"] [1] The Cubalex lawyers Barbara Estrabao (L.) and Laritza Diversent (R.) on the day the report to the Human Rights Commission.(14ymedio)[/caption][2]14ymedio, 22 March 2015 – Last Friday the Cubalex Center for Legal Information circulated a statement [3] in which they report that their work is in "danger." The independent entity said that after their presentation of “a report about Cuban prisons, the campaigns of defamation and harassment increased” toward their members.In the text there is reference to a robbery that occurred in Cubalex’s offices on March 12, when “unidentified people broke in and (…) stole a laptop, a tablet, an iPod, a modem, an external hard disk, several flash memories and computer parts.”The statement goes on to say that “the fact that no other objects of value were stolen, only those that could contain information about the work of the organization, leads one to assume (…) that the aggressors came on the part of the state authorities.”In recent months Cubalex has reported being a "target of a smear campaign that includes libelous notes accusing the organization of corruption." The texts are published on the Internet, most of the time anonymously or without specifying the source of the complaint.Laritza Diversent, attorney and member of Cubalex, reports that since 2013 there has been "increased surveillance, harassment and threats against members of the team." The lawyer explained that the pressure on the group increased after the presentation of the report [4] on the detainees in Cuba, before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.The harassment includes "threats to prosecute the family members of the Cubalex team and to confiscate the building where the office is located."Given this context, in its statement Cubalex demands that the Cuban government "guarantee and protect the work of organizations and leaders engaged civil society of in defense of human rights." In addition, it asks "the international community to rule in favor of the guarantees of our work."The Cubalex Center for Legal Information is headquartered in Havana and is considered a non-profit organization not recognized by the Cuban state. It has offered free legal advice since 2010, concerning the legalization of housing, immigration procedures, inheritance, labor, criminal review processes, constitutional procedures and the defense of civil and political rights of Cuban or foreign citizens who ask them.[1] http://translatingcuba.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Cubalex-Laritza-Diversent-Barbara-Estrabado_CYMIMA20141031_0012_13.jpg [2] http://www.14ymedio.com/ [3] http://centrocubalex.com/2015/03/22/en-peligro-trabajo-de-defensores-de-derechos-humanos-de-cubalex/ [4] http://www.14ymedio.com/nacional/Informe-CubalexPenitenciario_CYMFIL20141031_0002.pdf Continue reading
Diario de Cuba, Havana, 7 January 2015 — The graffiti artist Danilo Maldonado, known as El Sexto, remains imprisoned in Valle Grande prison after authorities rejected the habeas corpus appeal presented by the Cubalex organization, led by independent counsel Laritza Diversent. The … Continue reading Continue reading
14YMEDIO, Havana, 29 December 2014 — On Monday, the independent group CubaLex filed a petition for habeas corpus in the case of artist Danilo Maldonado, El Sexto. In a document addressed to the Provincial Tribunal of Hanvana, the lawyers urge … Continue reading Continue reading
HAVANA, Cuba, August 1, 2013, www.cubanet.org.- The members of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) bluntly expressed their concern “with the persistence of violence against women, including domestic violence in Cuba,” says a report published last … Continue reading Continue reading
Laritza Diversent On January 21 the Havana Court suspended Yamilí Barges Hurtado’s eviction, planned for March 22, from her house facing the Cohiba Hotel, as well as that of the heirs of the other partner in the house-swap in the … Continue reading Continue reading
Young man sentenced to 10 years for “illegal slaughter of cattle” based solely on evidence from a dog, granted new trial. By Yaremis Flores Carlos Raul Concepcion Rangel, Deputy Attorney General of the Republic of Cuba, asked the Supreme Court … Continue reading Continue reading
Caridad Reyes Roca traded homes with Ofelia de la Cruz de Armas in 2008. Three days later, the neighbor below complained about leaks from the bathroom. The wall and ceiling coverings were coming off. Caridad spent four years trying to undo the trade and return to her former property. “My attorney was bought off by [...] Continue reading
With the independent Cuban attorneys Yaremis Flores and Laritza Diversent (Cubalex), René Gómez Manzano (Agramontista Current), Antonio G. Rodiles (Mathematical Physicist) and students from the New York University Law School. This video is 44 minutes long. There is a live interpreter translating the session into English in real time. 22 January 2013 Tweet Continue reading
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By Yaremis Flores The afternoon of November 7th I couldn’t imagine that I’d trade my name for a number. I went out at approximately two in the afternoon to take a serving of soup over to my father, who’d been admitted into a hospital. While I was... Continue reading
By Yaremis Flores Independent journalist Calixto Ramón Martínez Arias continues to be jailed in the Santiago de las Vegas police station, and “will be charged with the crime of aggravated contempt for authority,” according to precinct captain Mar... Continue reading
If you want to learn how Cuban laws discriminate on religious grounds, read the last post published by Cubalex: Yaremis Flores, Attorney at Law According to Cuban law, religious belief is not a justification for avoiding Military Service. Specifically,... Continue reading
By Yaremis Flores The summons for the citizens to attend the nomination of candidates assemblies are already spreading around the neighborhoods. Some are attending like robots, simply to make an appearance and so as not to be “branded” in the zone.... Continue reading
By Lic. Yarmis Flores Liu, reader of this blog, asked the Office if Cuban churches one can have access to the internet. Since 1996, the Cuban government, has been clear about its policy with respect to full access to internet services, in Decree 209 of... Continue reading
By Laritza Diversent This 5th of July, the State Council invited Cubans to participate in the elections of municipal and provincial council members and national MPs. This convocation inaugurates the general election, taking place every 5 years, to rene... Continue reading
By Yaremis Flores The increase in police reports and criminal trials held in the capital, were among the topics discussed a few weeks ago in a meeting among presidents of municipal courts in the former Audiencia de la Habana*, facing the Capitol. A jud... Continue reading
By Yaremis Flores The National Organization of Legal Collectives (ONBC) announced this past Tuesday,June 5th, on the official radio its first international congress: Advocacy 2012. The event will take place from the 19th to the 21st of September at the... Continue reading
by Yaremis Flores Amaury Pacheco del Monte, coordinator of the cultural project,OMNI-ZONA FRANCA, returned this Wednesday to Havana after an artistic tour that included several cities in the U.S. Invited by the group of contemporary art, Pirate Love an... Continue reading
Yaremis Flores Last Saturday, May 5, in the nighttime hours, at least three cows were taken from a farm belonging to Commander Guillermo Garcia Frias, located southeast of the capital. At dawn the next day, three patrol cars and two Forensic Medicine vehicles were observed. The non-commissioned officer Alexander Borrero, one of those charged with [...] Continue reading
The Havana capital will welcome the sessions of the Sixth International Meeting of Justice and Law in the Conventions Palace the next 23rd to25th of May. More than 500 delegates will meet; of those, 300 are foreign jurists from 14 nations. Among the prioritized themes to be discussed are found access to justice on the [...] Continue reading