PEN pressures the Cuban regime to release Maykel Osorbo

The world association of writers PEN International denounced this Monday, coinciding with the Day of the Imprisoned Writer, pressuring the Cuban regime to release Maykel Osorbo, imprisoned in a Cuban jail since last May for “peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression, “the organization said in a statement.

In its campaign to denounce writers who “are imprisoned or face persecution”, Pen International urges the adoption of “urgent” international measures to “free and protect them”.

The association presented the cases of Mohammed Al-Roken, from the United Arab Emirates (UAE); Rahile Dawut (China), Selahattin Demirtaş (Turkey), and the Cuban Maykel Osobro, in addition to the 12 writers imprisoned since 2001 in Eritrea.

Osorbo is nominated for the Latin Grammy Awards along with the other artists of the song “Patria y Vida”, the anthem of the protests that broke out in Cuba on July 11, a song that competes in two categories: best song and best urban song.

With its refrain “It’s over”, directed at the Cuban regime, “Homeland and life” can resonate earlier than in Las Vegas in the civic march called for today in Cuba and prohibited by the Cuban regime.

“The musician and activist #MaykelOsorbo has been detained since May for raising his voice against the censorship of the State in his artistic works. Join the campaign of the Day of the #Incarcerated Writer, send a letter to the president of Cuba so that #LiberenAMaykel”, asks the PEN on his Twitter account.

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