.- Two Cuban prisoners who are members of the Christian Liberation Movement are facing âtorture and systematic ruthless treatmentâ at a provincial prison after they declared a hunger strike to protest abuses by the State Security and prison guards.
Oswaldo JosÃ© PayÃ¡ SardiÃ±as, Coordinator of the Christian Liberation Movement, said in an August 11 message sent from Havana that prisoners in the provincial prison of Las Tunas report the âgrave situationâ of Alfredo DomÃnguez Batista and JosÃ© Daniel Ferrer, who declared the hunger strike.
âJosÃ© Daniel Ferrer has been confined to a cell where he must sleep on the floor and where rats constantly appear out of the hole that serves as his bathroom. It is difficult to imagine a cell with crueler conditions,â PayÃ¡ related.
Alfredo DomÃnguez has been sent to a âDantesqueâ place of punishment known as âPotosÃ,â far away from the prison. He reportedly was confined without clothes in another cage called the âpunishment cell,â where mosquitoes feed on his unprotected body.
Guards at the prison have provoked the prisoners with taunts and tricks about visits. Some have lied to the prisonersâ families when they came to the prison to ask about their loved ones.
âThis torturous regimen is destroying these peaceful prisoners, who are organizers of the Varela Project,â reported PayÃ¡.
The Varela Project is a democratic Cuban movement which seeks greater religious and political freedoms for the country.
PayÃ¡ said it was urgent that governments and organizations around the world, including Amnesty International, protest and take action to stop this âtorture and systematic ruthless treatmentâ of the prisoners.
âWhile the minutes go by, they suffer horribly in both body and mind from the inhumane conditions to which the government of Cuba subjects them,â his message concluded.