José Daniel Ferrer is a dissident leader in eastern Cuba. He helped collect signatures for the Varela Project, which was aimed at pressuring for political change from within the socialist system.
He was arrested during the March 2003 crackdown known as the Black Spring. Cuban authorities convicted him and sentenced him to 25 years in prison.
Ferrer was among the last dissidents to be freed in 2011 and refused a deal to settle in Spain. He told Reuters:
I want to see a free people, and the best place to fight is here inside.