Cuban hunger striker Wilmar Villar dies in jail

A jailed Cuban political dissident has died, 50 days after beginning a hunger strike, a human rights group says.

Wilmar Villar was protesting against a four-year prison sentence for taking part in a demonstration.

The Cuban Human Rights and National Reconciliation Commission said the 31-year-old had died in hospital after being critically ill for several days.

The commission said the government bore full responsibility for what it called Mr Villar’s “inevitable” death.

Spokesman and leading dissident Elizardo Sanchez said Mr Villar was taken to hospital in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba on 14 January.

He told Reuters news agency that Mr Villar had been an active dissident since joining an opposition group in eastern Cuba called the Cuban Patriotic Union.


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