UA: 273/16 Index: AMR 25/5244/2016 Cuba Date: 29 November 2016
CUBAN GRAFFITI ARTIST ARRESTED AGAIN
Cuban graffiti artist Danilo Maldonado Machado (‘El Sexto’) – named a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International in 2015 – was re-arrested on 26 November, shortly after the announcement of Fidel Castro’s death.
Cuban graffiti artist Danilo Maldonado Machado (also known as ‘El Sexto’) was arrested at his home in Havana, the capital, at approximately 11.15 am on 26 November, hours after the announcement of Fidel Castro’s death. Danilo Maldonado was on the phone with his girlfriend when state officials forced their way into his apartment.
According to his mother, Maria Victoria Machado, she and his sister were initially unable to locate him, before they eventually located him at a prison later that afternoon. Danilo Maldonado’s mother says he is currently detained in Guanabacoa, Eastern Havana. When Maria Machado visited him on 27 November, officials did not give reasons for his arrest.
On 26 November, according to Cuba-based newspaper 14 y medio, Danilo Maldonado had graffitied the words “He’s gone” (Se fue) on a wall in Havana. The news outlet reported that El Sexto’s graffiti was one of the first public demonstrations outside of the state-organized demonstrations of mourning following the announcement of Fidel Castro’s death.
Short-term arbitrary arrests remain a common tactic to restrict freedom of expression in Cuba. In October, the Cuban Commission of Human Rights and National Reconciliation, which like other human rights organizations is not recognized by Cuban authorities, reported 620 arbitrary detentions of peaceful protestors and opposition activists.
Provisions of the Cuban Criminal Code, such as contempt of a public official (desacato), resistance to public officials carrying out their duties (resistencia) and public disorder (desórdenes públicos) are frequently used to stifle free speech, assembly and association.
Please write immediately in Spanish or your own language:
Calling on the authorities to release Danilo Maldonado Machado (‘El Sexto’) immediately and unconditionally, as he is a prisoner of conscience, imprisoned solely for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression;
Calling on them to guarantee the right to freedom of expression, including for dissident, opponent or activist voices.
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Raúl Castro Ruz
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CUBAN GRAFFITI ARTIST ARRESTED AGAIN
On 20 October 2015, Cuban graffiti artist Danilo Maldonado Machado (‘El Sexto’) was released after spending almost 10 months in prison without trial following accusations of “aggravated contempt”. Amnesty International considered him a prisoner of conscience, imprisoned solely for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression (see: https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/amr25/2710/2015/en/).
Danilo Maldonado Machado was accused of “aggravated contempt” after being arrested on 25 December 2014 for transporting two pigs with the names “Raúl” and “Fidel” painted on them, which he intended to release in an art show in Havana’s Central Park. He was never formally charged nor brought before a court during the almost 10 months he spent in detention.
Name: Danilo Maldonado Machado, also known as ‘El Sexto’
Gender m/f: male
UA: 273/16 Index: AMR 25/5244/2016 Issue Date: 29 November 2016