In response to the news that Dr Eduardo Cardet Concepción was released on probation on 4 May 2019, Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International, said:
“We welcome the news that Dr Eduardo Cardet has been released on probation and can be reunited with his family. However, as long as his freedom is conditional, Eduardo Cardet is still a prisoner of conscience. He should never have been arrested in the first place.”
“Although his release on parole is a positive step, we reiterate that the arrest and subsequent conviction of Dr Eduardo Cardet in 2016 was politically motivated. Therefore, we will keep demanding his absolute freedom, without any conditions. We will continue to closely monitor his situation and to conduct global campaigning actions in defence of his rights.”
Dr Eduardo Cardet, leader of the Christian Liberation Movement (MCL), was arrested on 30 November 2016, five days after the death of Fidel Castro. He was later found guilty of assaulting a state official and sentenced to three years’ imprisonment in March 2017.