The National Assembly of People’s Power (ANPP) denied the request for an Amnesty Law seeking the release of political prisoners of the Cuban regime.
The notice, received by Wilber Aguilar Bravo, father of the political prisoner of 11J, Walniel Luis Aguilar Rivera, was dated February 8, 2024. In this, the ANPP acknowledged receipt of the official petition presented on January 19 at the National Capitol.
The application, presented before the Cuban Parliament at the end of January at the initiative of the actors of Cuban civil society, received great support and gathered 2,314 signatures of support, including 546 from relatives of political prisoners and 80% from permanent residents with voting rights.
However, the official announcement did not specify the specific reasons for the refusal, simply stating that the processing was “unacceptable” due to non-compliance with certain legal requirements without detailing who.
“We accept receipt of the letter you submitted to this office. If your request is seen and checked, its processing is not acceptable because it does not comply with the requirements of the law, and its file is ordered,” replied the ANPP Population Assistance Office.
The Parliament’s response to the regime has once again turned away from a broad sector of Cuban civil society demanding the release of more than a thousand political prisoners of the regime, including hundreds of peaceful protesters who participated in the historic 11J protests in Cuba.
“The signatures represent a feeling—the feeling of freedom for our children who are unjustly imprisoned—and that feeling is above any law. We will continue to support the requests and feelings of the family members. Until freedom,” Aguilar Bravo revealed after the answer, according to a press release published on the activist’s social networks. Carolina Barrero.
At the end of January, Aguilar Bravo delivered to the Cuban authorities the official petition for an amnesty law signed by other relatives of those convicted for political reasons. A prominent member of civil society appeared at the ANPP to deliver the document, initially supported by the signatures of 34 relatives of political prisoners.
The petition, which is open for signature by all Cuban citizens, is protected by Article 61 of the 2019 constitutional text, which recognizes the right of citizens to present petitions to state officials and institutions, which are theoretically obliged to answer them.
Beyond its legal effectiveness, the petition has a clear political objective: to keep up the pressure on the Cuban authorities and encourage discussion about the release of hundreds of political prisoners on the island.
This failure of the amnesty request did not stop the defenders of human rights and democracy in Cuba. Meanwhile, the activists promoting the initiative continue to urge the public to support the cause by signing the amnesty petition submitted by the family members, in solidarity with those who struggle for freedom and justice in Cuba.