국제앰네스티는 반정부시위를 이끌다 체포돼 재판전 구금 상태로 보안 교도소에 1년 넘게 구금됐던 쿠바 양심수의 석방에 대해 너무 늦은 결과라고 말했다.다르시 페레르(Darsi Ferrer)는 22일 불법적으로 획득한 물품 수수와 “국가 공무원에 대한 폭력 및 위협” 등 잘못된 혐의로 유죄 선고를 받았다.
그는 1년의 징역형과 3개월의 “교화 노동”을 선고 받았지만 이전에 이미 1년 동안 구금됐었기 때문에 즉시 석방됐다.
국제앰네스티 케리 하워드(Kerrie Howard) 미주 부국장은 “다르시 페레르가 재판 직후 석방돼 가족과 재회할 수 있게 된 것은 매우 기쁜 일이지만, 그는 잘못된 혐의로 구금돼있었으며 사실 처음부터 구금의 대상이 아니었다”며 “그가 석방됐지만 그에게 내려진 형벌은 정부 체제를 비판한 것에 대한 결과이며, 이것은 정부 체제를 비판하고자 하는 모든 쿠바인들에게 내려지는 강한 경고장의 의미를 갖는다”고 말했다.
Release of Cuban prisoner of conscience is long overdue
24 June 2010
The release of a Cuban prisoner of conscience who spent almost a year in pre-trial detention at a maximum security prison after organizing protests critical of the government is long overdue, Amnesty International has said.
Darsi Ferrer was convicted on Tuesday on spurious charges of receiving illegally obtained goods and “violence or intimidation against a state official”.
He was sentenced to one year in jail and three months’ “correctional work” outside the prison. As he had already been imprisoned for almost a year, he was immediately released.
“We are very pleased that Darsi Ferrer was released the same day of his trial and is back with his family, but he was detained on trumped up criminal charges and in truth he should never have been detained in the first place” said Kerrie Howard, Amnesty International’s Americas deputy director.
“Though he has been released, Darsi Ferrer’s sentence still constitutes punishment for criticising the government system and is a powerful message to any Cuban participating in dissenting activities and wishing to express opinions contrary to the government system”.
40-year-old Darsi Ferrer, Director of the Juan Bruno Zayas Health and Human Rights Centre in Havana, was detained on 21 July 2009. He was held at a maximum security prison in the capital intended for inmates convicted of violent crimes. Ordinarily, the crimes of which he was accused would be bailed awaiting trial. However, Darsi Ferrer was refused bail four times.
In July 2009, Darsi Ferrer attempted to organize a march demonstrating against repression in Cuba. A few hours before the march started, Darsi Ferrer and his wife Yusnaimy Jorge Soca were detained by state security officials and police officers.
Darsi Ferrer was handcuffed and beaten by more than eight police officers. He and Yusnaimy were released without charge a few hours later.
When they arrived home, they noticed that two bags of cement, some iron girders and two window frames, which had been on their property for a few months, were missing. According to neighbours, police officers had confiscated them.
On 21 July, four police officers took Darsi Ferrer in for questioning about the materials. Instead, he was detained and driven to a maximum security prison on the outskirts of Havana.
Darsi Ferrer has previously been detained and prevented from leading and participating in human rights events. Many Cuban dissidents face arbitrary detention and harassment by the authorities in order to prevent them participating in public events and activities critical of the government.