UPDATED — Dr. Ferrer was released from prison.
Cuban human rights activist Dr. Darsi Ferrer Ramírez, held in prison without charges since July 21, 2009, will finally get his day in court on Tuesday, June 22. Prosecutors, who are seeking a 3-year prison sentence, have accused Ferrer of "assault" and "receiving stolen property," for allegedly buying some cement to make repairs to his home.
However, Amnesty International and others believe the prosecution is only an attempt by the Castro dictatorship to silence one of its most persistent and most effective critics.
To ensure that the regime does not get away with this, it is vitally important that the world on Tuesday turn its eyes to a Havana courtroom where Ferrer will stand trial. The whole world must watch, to ensure that finally justice is served and that Dr. Ferrer — one of the giants of the Cuban opposition — is released.
How can you help? If you're on Facebook or Twitter or have your own blog, just write a few words expressing your support for this man. For many years, Dr. Ferrer has been advocate and spokesman for those suffering at the hands of the Castro regime.
Now it is our turn to stand up for him.
The following is my own small effort on his behalf.