Luis Fernandez was interviewed today by TV Marti regarding the case of award-winning Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez, who has filed a notice with the Interior Ministry demanding to know why she has not been allowed to travel abroad.
Cubans who want to travel abroad require a government permit, known as a “White Card.”
Sánchez has made several requests to travel abroad to receive prizes, attend conferences or for other reasons. All of her request have been denied. Since then, she has repeatedly asked for an explanation at the Interior Ministry’s Office for Immigration and Foreigners’ Affairs to no avail.
Sánchez said the notice filed Wednesday asks Interior Minister, Abelardo Colomé Ibarra, to explain why the ministry office in charge of exit permits never answered her Nov. 18, 2010 request for the reasons behind the refusals. The Interior Minister now has sixty (60) days to respond to her Complaint. Sánchez told El Nuevo Herald that is he does not respond withing the sixty (60) days, she will file a lawsuit against the minister seeking a court order for compliance.
“It’s a step before a lawsuit,” she told El Nuevo Herald by phone from Havana. “It is a legal, juridical opportunity in the hands of citizens, which allow an appeal against Cuban authorities when the authorities have not responded to a petition.”
Click the link below to watch the interview: