Rights Group Lodges UN Case Against Cuba for Release of Jailed Dissident Dr. Eduardo Cardet

UN Watch hopes to exert pressure on Cuba GENEVA, July 26, 2018 – Human rights lawyers lodged a legal complaint with the UN today to demand that Cuba release Dr. Eduardo Cardet, a dissident who has been jailed, severely beaten and denied medical treatment since his violent arrest on November 30, 2016. The 23-page legal complaint to the UN’s Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, an independent tribunal of five jurists and human rights experts, was submitted by attorneys from the Geneva-based non-governmental human rights group UN Watch. The UN panel’s rulings are not legally binding, but are cited by judges worldwide and can exert pressure on governments to release those imprisoned without due process. “Cuba’s brutal treatment of Dr. Cardet is part of its pattern of repression and intimidation against civil society activists who dare to speak out against the one-party regime,” said UN Watch Executive Director Hillel Neuer, a human rights lawyer. “Arbitrary detention should not be used as a tool to suppress political dissent. Our complaint seeks to hold Cuba accountable for its wrongful imprisonment of Dr. Cardet—a violation of international law and of Dr. Cardet’s human rights.” “As a member of the 47-nation Human Rights Council, Cuba will be in contempt of its basic obligations if it ignores a ruling from that body’s experts calling for the release of Dr. Cardet.” Background about the case Cuban security forces violently arrested Dr. Cardet outside his home on November 30, 2016, after he returned from an overseas trip where he was quoted saying that “Castro was a very controversial man, very much hated and … Continue reading Rights Group Lodges UN Case Against Cuba for Release of Jailed Dissident Dr. Eduardo Cardet