Case No. 1726 (CUBA)


March 14, 1973

Communication No. 1726, of October 10, 1971, denounced the violent death of Mr. Oriol Acosta y García, a political prisoner, at the hands of guards at Manacas prison, Las Villas, Province of Oriente, Cuba, as well as wounds inflicted on other political prisoners, on August 5, 1971.

At its Twenty-Seventh Session (February-March 1972) the Commission decided to request the corresponding information from the Government of Cuba, and transmitted to the latter the pertinent parts of the denunciation (Articles 42 and 44 of the Regulations).

In conformity with this decision a note was addressed to that government on March 29, 1972.

At its Twenty-Ninth Session (October 1972) the Commission considered this case and noted that the Government of Cuba had not answered the request for information addressed to it on March 29, 1972, and that the 180-day period established in Article 51 of its Regulations for the aforesaid government to supply the corresponding information had expired.

Consequently, at that session, in view of the provisions of paragraph 1 of the above-mentioned article, the Commission decided to presume that the occurrence of the events denounced in the communication of October 10, 1971, relative to the violent death of Mr. Oriol Acosta y García, a political prisoner, as well as other bloody deeds committed in Manacas prison, Las Villas, Province of Oriente, Cuba, on August 5, 1971, was confirmed.