Cuba: Writers and artists remain threatened and imprisoned two months after protests

At least 55 artists and writers are currently either under house arrest, imprisoned, or under investigation.

Cuba remains in a devastating social, cultural, health, economic, and political crisis. This crisis includes food shortages, power outages, and insufficient medical services to address the pandemic – all while officials continue to treat peaceful criticism of government policies as criminal behavior. In response to the crisis, thousands of Cubans took to the streets around the country demanding reform.

Cuban authorities have responded with widespread repression of the protests, including police violence, digital censorship, and the passage of Decree-Law 35, which penalizes the publication of information critical of the government. At least one thousand arrests have been recorded, and countless others were temporarily disappeared or forced to go into hiding.

The undersigned organisations, representing authors, artists, human rights defenders, journalists, and intellectuals, urgently call on the government of Cuba to stop the systematic harassment of writers and artists; to immediately release all those who have been arbitrarily detained, arrested, or disappeared; and to respect freedom of expression and artistic freedom, rather than silencing creatives critical of government policies.


We urge that the Cuban government immediately release the following artists:

  • Didier Almagro
  • Ernesto Pacheco López
  • Hamlet Lavastida
  • Lázaro Rodríguez Betancourt (Pupito En Sy)
  • Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara
  • Maykel Castillo Pérez (“Maykel Osorbo”)
  • Randy Arteaga Rivera

We also demand an end to police and judicial harassment, house arrests, and arbitrary detentions against the following artists, musicians, and writers, who remain under threat:

  • Abel Lescay
  • Adonis Milán
  • Alina Palmero
  • Amaury Pacheco
  • Aminta D’Cárdenas
  • Ángel Santiesteban
  • Anyelo Troya
  • AfriK3REINA
  • Camila Ramírez Lobón
  • Carlos González Acosta
  • Carolina Barrero
  • Chabelly Díaz
  • Claudia Genlui Hidalgo
  • Daniel Triana
  • David de Omni
  • Daisy Martínez
  • Denis Solís
  • Edel Carrero
  • Eliecer Márquez Duany (“El Funky”)
  • Enrique Alonso (Kike Stories)
  • Ever Fonseca
  • Fernando Ginarte Mora
  • Gerson Manuel Montero Soler
  • Gretel Medina Mendieta
  • Iris Mariño
  • Iris Ruiz
  • Javier Sánchez
  • Juan Carlos Saénz de la Calahorra
  • Julio Llópiz-Casal
  • Katherine Bisquet
  • Manuel de la Cruz
  • Manuel Alejandro Rodríguez Yong
  • María Matienzo
  • Mario Miguel García Piña
  • Mavel Alonso
  • Mijail Rodríguez
  • Milton Macdonald aka Black Bandanaz
  • Mityl Font
  • Omar Mena
  • Osvaldo Navarro (“Navy Pro”)
  • Ramón López Díaz (“El Invasor”)
  • Raúl Prado
  • Reiner Díaz Vega
  • Richard Adrián Zamora Brito (“El Radikal”)
  • Roberto Hidalgo Puentes “Yomil”
  • Solveig Font
  • Yasser Castellanos
  • Yunior García Aguilera

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Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda) is a network of human rights journalists in Uganda working towards enhancing the promotion, protection and respect of human rights through defending and building the capacities of journalists, to effectively exercise their constitutional rights and fundamental freedoms for collective campaigning through the media.

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