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Sanchez asks rights panel to protect her.

Prominent Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez is petitioning the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights to protect her rights.

Sanchez, represented by Aparicio Arp Schamis & Associates, says she's been subjected to arrest, arbitrary detention and physical violence, and that Cuban authorities limit her movement and free speech.

In addition, said Jaime Aparicio, Sanchez's phone calls have been intercepted, she's prohibited from accessing public places, and her blog is censored by the Castro regime.

"Her integrity and safety are in danger," said Aparicio, Bolivia's former ambassador to the United States and former president of the Inter-American Juridical Committee.

Aparicio said these actions by the Castro regime violate the OAS Charter as well as the American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man--both of which Cuba has ratified.

Sanchez, 37, is internationally acclaimed for her blog Generacion Y, which was launched in 2007 and which portrays daily life in Cuba.

Since then, she's won accolades from Time magazine, CNN, Foreign Policy and Spain's El Pais; she also received a well-publicized letter in November 2009 from President Obama.

"We urge the commission to act quickly to protect the rights, safety and life of Ms. Sanchez," said lawyer Hector Schamis.

In the blogger's own words: "Internet was the only possibility of expression in a country where, I know, will never give me a couple of minutes in the press ... and then this has also been subject to censorship and punishment, including several detentions, kidnappings and verbal and physical intimidation."

Details: Jaime Aparicio, Partner, Aparicio Arp Schamis & Associates, Washington. Tel: (202) 368-1952. Email: apariciojaime@hotmail.com.

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Title Annotation:Yoani Sanchez
Author:Aparicio, Jaime
Publication:CubaNews
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Geographic Code:5CUBA
Date:Oct 1, 2012
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