Target: Raúl Castro, President of Cuba
Goal: Release American human rights lawyer who was arrested while trying to defend a jailed artist in Cuba.
Kimberly Motley, a human rights lawyer from America, was arrested by plainclothes officers in Cuba. The lawyer was preparing to begin a press conference in regards to her efforts to defend a jailed Cuban artist. Despite being arrested, she has not been charged.
Not only has an American citizen been arbitrarily arrested, but her whereabouts are currently unknown. The artist she was attempting to defend, Danilo Maldonado, has been imprisoned since November without warrant. He’s allegedly been beaten and drugged and access to his maximum security prison has been restricted.
Motley was attempting to put an end to the barbaric treatment of political activists. However, she became a victim of the very cruelty she was trying to stop. Cuba cannot hope to forge a more open relationship with America if it continues to practice the totalitarian abuse the country saw under the late Fidel Castro. Sign the petition to demand that Motley be released and allowed to return home.
Dear President Castro,
Kimberly Motley, a successful American human rights lawyer, was arrested without cause in Cuba while she attempted to raise awareness to the arrest and abuse of artist Danilo Maldonado. She was arrested without warrant and without charge. Currently, her whereabouts are unknown, which is troubling to members of the American government and Motley’s own family.
Cuba and America are beginning to share a more positive relationship, perhaps the best relationship the two nations have had in more than half a century. This arrest of an innocent American citizen, however, will sour this relationship. America opened its arms to Cuba in the hopes that the nation’s human rights abuse has come to an end. It appears that there is still much work to do. I ask that you and the Cuban government release Ms. Motley.
[Your Name Here]
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