Cuban Christian Legal Assistants Call To Dismiss Charges Against Peaceful Protesters

On July 11, Cubans took on the street to protest against the Communist regime. It has been the largest protest in Cuba's history.
On July 11, Cubans took on the street to protest against the Communist regime. It has been the largest protest in Cuba's history. (AFP)

The esteemed organisation of Christian legal assistants who support and accompany the relatives of the detained in Cuban prisons has harshly criticised the regime for its disregard of the citizen's Constitutional rights.


Nearly two months after the July 11 Peaceful Anti-Communist Uprising at least 500 political are jailed and the Cuban regime refuses to comply with the provisions of their Constitutional rights, said the authors of the statement of the Cuban Conference of Religious Men and Women, CONCUR, who are involved in the pre-trial and trial procedures.

Among the violations, the representatives of CONCUR named repeated refusals to request for the changes of preventive measures, failure to consider the evidence presented by the defense, and unusually limited communication of the detainees with their families.

The legal assistants emphasised that the regime exploits the epidemiological situation to make it difficult for lawyers to meet their defendants in prisons. The CONCUR representative also said that the cases are based on scarce evidence of the alleged crimes.

Quoting article 56 of the Cuban Constitution, Christian lawyers called upon the Communist regime to dismiss charges against those who peacefully protested since it is their citizens' right.

The Cuban Conference of Religious Men and Women has warned that many of the accused do not have legal representation at the trial.


Minors among more than 1000 arrested

The analysts of the Cubalex legal centre have informed in their latest report that at least fifteen minors under 18 years of age were among the unjustly imprisoned protesters.

The organisation has documented 1,020 arrests related to the Uprising. Among 505 political prisoners were 66 women.

The legal organisation confirmed that so far, sixteen Cubans have been sentenced. The punishment ranges from one year of prison to a month. But typically, the judges sent the protesters to at least eight months of unjust jail.

 

 

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