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Libertad para Danilo / Carta Abierta
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La Habana, 8 de septiembre de 2015
To: Raúl Castro, Presidente de los Consejos de Estado y de Ministros

Nosotros, ciudadanos cubanos (de la isla y del exilio) y ciudadanos del mundo, queremos llamar la atención de la comunidad internacional ante un caso que necesita solución inmediata. Más aún cuando la vida de este joven corre hoy un peligro inminente.

Se trata del preso por motivos políticos Danilo Maldonado Machado, un joven artista que decidió expresar su inconformidad con el gobierno haciendo graffiti (arte urbano o callejero) y repartiendo volantes.

Más conocido como “El Sexto” –una antítesis de “los Cinco”: un superhéroe que se inventó para realizar su trabajo creativo en el espacio público–; Danilo ha vivido bajo constante vigilancia y acoso policial desde que comenzó el ejercicio de su arte: innumerables veces ha sido arrestado de manera arbitraria, han registrado su domicilio y le han confiscado sus latas de pintura.

Lleva nueve meses en prisión provisional, sin juicio hasta el momento. El 25 de diciembre de 2014 preparó un performance navideño. Consistía en liberar, en el Parque Central de La Habana, dos cerditos ensebados con los nombres “Fidel” y “Raúl” pintados en el lomo. Una acción basada en la tradición campesina cubana. La nombró “Rebelión en la Granja”, haciendo alusión a la obra literaria de George Orwell. Agentes actuantes lo interceptaron antes de que la acción se llevara a cabo.

Su detención es arbitraria porque se han violado las garantías procesales y su integridad física y mental.

Danilo se declaró prisionero de conciencia. Confinado en el centro penitenciario de Valle Grande por Desacato, delito tipificado en el artículo 144.2 del Código Penal cubano que prevé condenas de uno a tres años para todo aquel “que amenace, calumnie, difame, insulte, injurie o de cualquier modo ultraje u ofenda, de palabra o por escrito, en su dignidad o decoro… al Presidente del Consejo de Estado, al Presidente de la Asamblea Nacional del Poder Popular, a los miembros del Consejo de Estado o del Consejo de Ministros o a los Diputados a la Asamblea Nacional del Poder Popular”.

Convertir su acción en delito penalizado con sanciones tan desproporcionadas, sólo demuestra que en Cuba la ley criminaliza y discrimina el pensar distinto: nuestra Constitución niega todas las libertades que sean “contrarias a los principios de la Revolución”.

No confiamos en un sistema judicial donde el Estado juega todos los roles: fiscal, abogado defensor y juez al mismo tiempo. En este momento su expediente está extraviado y nada puede hacer la defensa formalmente hasta que aparezca.

La fiscalía correspondiente ha rechazado tres veces la solicitud de cambio de medida para que Danilo espere el juicio en libertad; según el alegato de la defensa: el delito o “descabellada idea... no se llevó a cabo”. La respuesta fiscal afirma que Danilo es un ciudadano con “pésima conducta social” y “no es socialmente útil”.

A los amigos con ideas divergentes del discurso oficial, se nos ha prohibido visitarlo en la cárcel. En solidaridad hemos divulgado el caso en conciertos bajo vigilancia, exposiciones con los dibujos de Danilo durante su largo encierro, recogida de firmas, campaña en las redes sociales... Hemos marchado junto a las Damas de Blanco, reclamando una Ley de Amnistía para los presos políticos, a quienes el Estado insiste en desconocer, al mismo tiempo que cada jornada dominical despliega una violencia desmedida en operativos policiales injustificados contra esas mujeres, que solo caminan en paz.

El derecho a la libertad de expresión y creación artísticas merece respeto y valor pues Cuba se muestra al mundo como país amante de la Educación y la Cultura. Nuestro gobierno debe proteger los intereses del artista crítico –pues el arte lo es por naturaleza–, no perseguirlo. Nuestros artistas deben ser considerados y respetados como actores fundamentales de cambio social, no condenados a cárcel ni censura.

Exigimos que se respeten nuestras libertades más esenciales. Hacemos un llamado a la tolerancia, genuina y transparente: que cese la violencia sistemática e injustificada sobre las Damas de Blanco y todo ciudadano cubano que desee manifestarse en paz haciendo uso del espacio público.

Demandamos la libertad inmediata e incondicional de Danilo Maldonado y exigimos voluntad de no repetición.

La injusticia contra este joven artista debe ser reparada cuanto antes, pues solo ha cometido el crimen de atreverse a ser libre.
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UPDATE: El 8 de septiembre, día de la Patrona de Cuba, Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre, Danilo comenzó su huelga de hambre.
Él demanda así, con el último recurso de una persona, su libertad inmediata. Su vida ahora corre un peligro inminente.
Demandamos a las autoridades que lo liberen de inmediato y abandonen las absurdas causas en su contra de manera incondicional.
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#FreeElSexto
Freedom for Danilo / Open Letter

Havana, September 8, 2015

Raúl Castro Ruz, president of Council of State and Ministers:

We, Cuban citizens (on the island and in exile) and citizens of the world, want to call the attention of the international community to a case that needs an immediate solution. Even more so when the life of this young man is in imminent danger today.

We are speaking about Danilo Maldonado Machado, imprisoned for political reasons, a young artist who decided to express his dissatisfaction with the government through graffiti (urban or street art) and handing out flyers.

More known as “El Sexto” (The Sixth) – the antithesis of the “Cuban Five” – “El Sexto is a superhero invented to do his creative work in the public space. Danilo has lived under constant surveillance and police harassment since he began this exercise with his art: he has been arbitrarily arrested countless times, his home has been searched and they have confiscated his paint cans.

So far he has been held in prison without trial for nine months. On December 25, 2104, he prepared a Christmas performance. It consisted releasing in Havana’s Central Park of two piglets greased with the names “Fidel and “Raul”; an action based on George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” (the Spanish title of which translates as “Rebellion on the Farm”). State Security agents intercepted him before the performance piece was carried out.

His detention is arbitrary because it has violated the guarantees of due process, and his physical and mental integrity. Danilo has been declared a prisoner of conscience. Confined to Valle Grande Prison for Contempt, an offense described in Article 144.2 of the Cuban Penal Code which provides for a sentence of one to three years for anyone "who threatens, slanders, defames, insults or in any way offends or affronts, orally or in writing, the dignity or decorum ... the President of the State Council, the President of the National Assembly of People's Power, members of the State Council or the Council of Ministers or the Deputies to the National Assembly People Power."

Converting his action into a crime penalized with disproportionate penalties, only demonstrates that in Cuba the law criminalizes and discriminates against those who think differently: our Constitution denies all freedoms that are "contrary to the principles of the Revolution."

We do not trust the judicial system where the State plays all the roles: prosecutor, defense attorney and judge at the same time. At this time his record is lost and the defense can do nothing until formally until it appears.
The prosecution has rejected three times a request for a change of pre-trial conditions for Danilo so that he can await his trial in freedom; according to the argument of the defense: the crime or “crazy idea… was not carried out.” The prosecutor’s response states that Danilo is a citizen with “the worst social conduct” and “is not socially useful.”

As friends with ideas that diverge from the official discourse, we have been prohibited from visiting him in prison. In solidarity, we have publicized the case in concerts under [police] surveillance, expositions of Danilo’s drawings made during his long confinement, in collections of signatures, and campaigns on social networks. We have marched together with the Ladies in White, demanding an Amnesty Law for political prisoners, while the State insists on denying that they exist, and at the same time every Sunday they deploy excessive violence in unjustified police operations against these women, who walk in peace.

The right to freedom of expression and artistic creation deserves respect and value because Cuba presents itself to the world as a country that loves Education and Culture. Our government should protect the interests of critical artists – because one is an artist by nature – not persecute them. Our artists need to be considered and respected as key actors of social change, not condemned to prison or censorship.
We demand that our most basic freedoms be respected. We call for a genuine and transparent tolerance: the end of systematic and unjustified violence against the Ladies in White and every Cuban citizen who wishes to demonstrate in peace using the public space.

We demand the immediate and unconditional release of Danilo Maldonado and we demand that there will be no repetition.

The injustice against this young artist must be repaired as soon as possible, because he has only committee the crime of daring to be free.

We demand the immediate and unconditional release of Danilo Maldonado and we demand that there will be no repetition.

We remind the Cuban authorities that the right to freedom is indispensable for expression and artistic creation in virtue of Articles 19 and 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; protected by Article 15 of the International Covenant of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Cuba is a signatory and both of which are considered binding.

We insist that the authorities eliminate the restrictions on freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly.

We express our concern because Danilo Maldonado has been detained solely for exercising his artistic activity, and urge that he be released immediately and without conditions, because he is a prisoner of conscience; he has been confined for his peaceful activism in the rescue of fundamental freedoms in Cuba.

We insist that the Cuban authorities drop the case immediately.
We demand the Cuban authorities to stop harassing and intimidating all the rest of the citizens who peacefully exercise their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful association.

We insist that the Cuban authorities promote and protect the right to freedom of artistic creation, and the right to participate in the cultural life, to access culture and respect for cultural diversity.

The injustice against this young artist must be repaired as soon as possible, because he has only committee the crime of daring to be free.

UPDATE: On 8 September, the day of the Patroness of Cuba, the Virgin of Charity of Cobre, Danilo began a hunger strike. In this way he demands, with the ultimate resource of his person, his immediate release. His life is now in imminent danger.
We demand that the authorities release him immediately and drop the absurd case against him without conditions.
He´s still in arbitrary prison without trial or sentence or justice.
Danilo´s life is at imminent risk. Free El Sexto!
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Gracias por tu solidaridad!!! / Thanks for your support!!!
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ACCIÓN URGENTE PARA SALVARLE LA VIDA A DANILO / PLEASE, SEND YOUR LETTER TO SAVE THE LIFE OF CUBAN ARTIST EL SEXTO
Distribuye por cualquier medio y envía lo antes expuesto a:

[email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

The Fast Way To Do This:
http://voiceproject.org/takeaction/free-el-sexto/

Signed,

Lia

This petition closed almost 2 years ago

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#DaniloSomosTodos

Buscamos visibilizar y sensibilizar a la comunidad internacional por la liberación incondicional de Danilo Maldonado; queremos llamar la atención sobre la falta de derechos...

#DaniloSomosTodos

Buscamos visibilizar y sensibilizar a la comunidad internacional por la liberación incondicional de Danilo Maldonado; queremos llamar la atención sobre la falta de derechos fundamentales en Cuba, la censura y limitación de la libertad de expresión artística y la violencia sistemática contra el movimiento pacífico Damas de Blanco y los defensores de Derechos Humanos en la isla.

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ACCIÓN URGENTE PARA SALVARLE LA VIDA A DANILO/ PLEASE, SEND YOUR LETTER TO SAVE THE LIFE OF CUBAN ARTIST EL SEXTO

Distribuye por cualquier medio y envía lo antes expuesto a: 

Raúl Modesto Castro Ruz President of the Republic of Cuba  E-mail [email protected]  [email protected] (c / o Mission of Cuba to the UN)  Fax: +53 33 085 July 83 (via Ministry of Foreign Affairs)  Salutation: Your Excellency

General Abelardo Colome Ibarra Minister of the Interior and Prisons Ministry of Interior, Plaza de la Revolution, Havana, Cuba Fax: +537 85 56 621 (pressed "send" when you hear the voice in Spanish) Email: [email protected] Salutation: Your Excellency

Permanent Mission of the Republic of Cuba to the United Nations Office at Geneva 

100 chemin de Valérie, Chambésy 1292  Fax: +41 22 758 9431  Email: [email protected]

Diplomatic Mission of the Republic of Cuba in Brussels  77 rue Roberts Jones  1180 Uccle, Belgium  Fax: + 32 2 344 9661  Email: [email protected]

The Letter: 

"I am deeply concerned with the cases brought against the street and performance artist Danilo Maldonado Machado "El Sexto," arrested and imprisoned before a December 26, 2014 performance in Havana's Central Park. This artist was voicing peaceful dissent through his artistic work and exercising the right to freedom of expression that should be afforded to him and all citizens.

Free speech and self-expression are not crimes, and should not be treated as such. The imprisonment of Danilo Maldonado Machado is an unjust response to works of art and the expression of opinion.

Furthermore, the imprisonment of this artist violates globally recognized norms protecting the right to freedom of expression in agreements such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), and the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), to which Cuba is a party.

I strongly urge you to unconditionally drop the cases against this artist."

The Fast Way To Do This: 

http://voiceproject.org/takeaction/free-el-sexto/

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