Cuban human rights activist Alexander Roberto Fernandez Rico was arrested in April 2012, and sentenced to three years in prison after he started shouting anti-Castro slogans when he witnessed a police officer beating a passenger on a bus.
Almost immediately after his imprisonment, Fernandez started a hunger strike that left him blind, according to a report posted at PayoLibre.com.
Instead of releasing him, officials at the Combinado del Este prison in Havana transferred him to an infirmary. But on Feb. 2, after Fernandez complained about the quality of care he was receiving, he was ordered removed from the infirmary, according to the report, which was based on information provided by Cuban lawyer Juan Carlos González Leiva.
"At present, the prisoner of conscience does not have the minimum conditions required by someone who is blind. he even has difficulty relieving himself,," Gonzalez said. "I demand the authorities reconsider their case, and for public opinion to show the solidarity Fernandez Rico needs."