The Human Rights Foundation has condemned threats that the Cuban government made to Gorki Aguila. This is according to a story that was featured in Fox News Latino’s website. Aguila is the lead singer of Porno para Ricardo, an anti-dictatorial rock band in Cuba, and a human rights activist. He has already been jailed twice for criticizing the Government. In Cuba, it is illegal for one to engage in activities that seem to counter the revolution. Those committing the offence may face imprisonment.
Aguila was arrested earlier this month. After his release, he was warned not to support The Ladies in White. If he continued to do so, the authorities threatened to disallow him from leaving the country. According to billboard, Aguila, speaking to 14tmedia.com, said than one official told him that anyone inviting him to another country would have to come with a motor boat and pick him up themselves. Aguila had been jailed yet again for demanding the release of Danilo “El Sexto” Maldonado, a graffiti artist in Cuba.
The Human Rights Foundation has criticized the threats been made to the artist. According to Thor Halvorssen, Human Rights Foundation president, the artists have allegedly been disrespectfully criticizing the regime, which is why they have been an obvious target for the authorities. He further stated that although the artists have rights and freedoms, the constitution has put a limit on them. Artists are allowed to be creative as far as their content does not appear as if to counter Revolution.
The Human Rights Foundation was founded in 2001 in New Zealand. The non-governmental foundation concerns itself with promoting and defending human rights. Though the organization is focused primarily on New Zealand, it is also concerned with human rights across the globe. Other than monitoring the implementation of the international regulations and conventions that New Zealand has signed to, the organization also makes submissions on new laws that touch on human rights.
Billboard reported that Aguila dedicated a song to The Ladies in White. He told the women that he would encourage other artists including poets to do the same. This, according to him, would give the group’s work an artistic voice. The Ladies in White is a group that was formed by the mothers, daughters, sisters and wives of political prisoners who were imprisoned during the Black Spring” crackdown that took place in 2003.