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IACHR adopts precautionary measures in favour of Manuel de Jesús Rodríguez García, young activist in Cuba

October 5, 2021

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Washington, D.C.- On October 3, 2021, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) adopted Resolution 78/21, in which it granted precautionary measures in favour of Manuel de Jesús Rodríguez, García, young activist and member of the Patriotic Union of Cuba after considering that he finds himself in a situation of serious and urgent risk of irreparable damage to their rights in Cuba.

According to the request, the beneficiary finds himself in a situation of risk in the context of his deprivation of liberty due to attacks suffered during his detention, as well as his current conditions and the alleged lack of medical care. The Commission regrets not having received the State's observations, despite the fact that these were requested in accordance with Article 25.5 of its Rules of Procedure.

After analyzing the submissions of fact and law presented by the applicants, the Commission considers that the information submitted demonstrates prima facie that Manuel de Jesús Rodríguez García is in a serious and urgent situation, given that his rights to life, personal integrity and health are at risk of irreparable harm.

Consequently, Cuba is requested to: a) adopt the necessary measures to protect the rights to life, personal integrity and health of Manuel de Jesús Rodríguez García; b) ensure that the conditions of detention of Manuel de Jesús Rodríguez García are compatible with applicable international standards; d) agree on the measures to be adopted with the beneficiaries and their representatives; and, e) report on the actions taken to investigate the alleged facts that motivated the adoption of this precautionary measure so as to avoid their reoccurrence

The granting of this precautionary measure and its adoption by the State does not constitute the prejudgment of any petition that may eventually be presented before the inter-American system alleging violations of the rights protected in the American Convention and other applicable instruments.

A principal, autonomous body of the Organization of American States (OAS), the IACHR derives its mandate from the OAS Charter and the American Convention on Human Rights. The Inter-American Commission has a mandate to promote respect for and to defend human rights in the region and acts as a consultative body to the OAS in this area. The Commission is composed of seven independent members who are elected in an individual capacity by the OAS General Assembly and who do not represent their countries of origin or residence.

No. 265/21

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