14ymedio, Havana, 2017 — The Ladies of White Yamile Garro Alfonso, Lázara Barbara Sendilla and Maria Cristina Labrada delivered on Monday, as representatives of the whole movement, a summary report to the Attorney General’s Office on the repression they have suffered over the last fifteen months.
The leader of the women’s group, Berta Soler, explained to 14ymedio that the report is the same as the one presented on 23 March by Leticia Ramos to the United Nations Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression, David Kayes, on “Arbitrary detention and harassment against the family of Ladies in White,” but that it had been “updated to yesterday.”
Soler detailed that the new version of the report explains how “the Cuban regime” threatens them “all the time” with fines to keep them from leaving the country and with imprisonment.
The leader of the movement denounced that activist Lismerys Quintana Ávila was sent to prison on Monday in what she defined as “a rigged trial.”
“They are really inventing some crimes to be able to fine us and to kill the Ladies in White,” explains Soler
“We delivered it to the Attorney General’s Office, the European Union Delegation, the mailbox of the Apostolic Nunciature and the Embassy of the United States,” said Soler. She also said that they will also “hand it over to the Archbishop of Havana.” According to the Lady in White, the movement wants the Catholic Church to understand what is happening to them.
“They are really inventing some crimes to be able to fine us and to kill the Ladies in White,” explains Soler, who considers the actions of the authorities arbitrary and also denounces “what they are doing to the families, to the children and spouses,” of the activists.
He added that they plan to deliver a copy of the text, about twelve pages, to the Military Prosecutor’s Office and the State Council, as well as to send it to the embassies of Spain and the Czech Republic by e-mail.
She also denounced that the Ladies in White headquarters in the Lawton neighborhood of Havana is surrounded by “an operation” that “has been around the clock since Thursday, March 23.”