Ricardo GONZALEZ ALFONSO, journalist
Daula CARPIO MATA (f), member of the unofficial Partido
Pro Derechos Humanos en Cuba (PPDHC), Party for
Human Rights in Cuba
Jenny Julia GODOY CARPIO (f), 15, Daula Carpio Mata's
Maria Felicia MATA MACHADO (f), 54, Daula Carpio Mata's
Roxanna CARPIO MATA (f), Daula Carpio Mata's sister
Ileana PENALVER DUQUE (f)
Vicente GARCIA RAMOS
Guillermo FARINAS CABEZAS
Lilian MENESES MARTINEZ (f)
Ivan LEMA ROMERO
Jose Antonio ALVARADO ALMEIDA
Jose Miguel LLERA BENITEZ
Danilo SANTOS MENDEZ
Arelis FLEITES MENDEZ
On 23 October 199, 10 of the members of the unofficial Partido
Pro Derechos Humanos en Cuba (PPDHC), Party for Human Rights in
Cuba, who had been arrested on 14 October 1997 in Santa Clara
after going on hunger-strike, were brought to trial in the Santa
Clara municipal court. They were charged with associating with
others to commit a crime [asociacion para delinquir] and
disobedience [desobediencia]. All 10 were convicted and received
the following sentences: Ivan Lema Romero, Roxanna Carpio Mata
and Jose Miguel Llera Benitez were sentenced to 18 months'
imprisonment. Danilo Santos Mendez, Vicente Garcia Ramos and Jose
Antonio Alvarado Almeida were sentenced to 18 months'
"correctional work with internment" [trabajo correccional con
internamiento]. Lilian Meneses Martinez and Ileana Penalver Duque
were sentenced to 18 months' "correctional work without
internment" [trabajo correccional sin internamiento] which means
that they will have to attend a work camp (granja] during the day
but may return home at night. Maria Felicia Mata Machado and
Arelis Fleites Mendez were sentenced to 18 months' "restricted
liberty" [limitacion de libertad] and payment of a fine. They
reportedly intend to appeal against the sentences.
The trial of Daula Carpio Mata, the provincial delegate of the
PPDHC for Villa Clara province whose arrest on 9 October provoked
the hunger-strike, took place on 29 October in the same court.
She was reportedly accused of verbally attacking the prosecutor
in a trial she had attended some time earlier as a member of the
public. She was found guilty of the offence of "assault",
atentado, and sentenced to 16 months' "correctional work with
Journalist Ricardo Gonzalez Alfonso had been released without
charge on 18 October. Guillermo Farinas Cabezas was also released
on 18 October. It is not clear whether he still faces any
charge. Jenny Julia Godoy Carpio, aged 15, who had been taken to
a minors' detention centre, was released on 20 October after
agreeing to come off hunger strike.
Amnesty International is continuing to seek further information
about the charges brought against Daula Carpio Mata and the other
10 PPDHC members. It is concerned that those imprisoned may be
prisoners of conscience detained solely for peacefully exercising
their rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly.
No further action is required from the Urgent Action network.
Thank you to all those who sent appeals.