Declaration in support of political opening in Cuba (read it in Spanish)
The undersigned, members of civil society organizations from Ibero-American, consider that the liberation of political prisoners that is taking place in Cuba is an opportunity for that government to give way to guaranties of a democratic system and for opening the freedom of speech of its people.
Claim of political opening in Cuba after the announcement of the release of political prisoners
The initiative arosed after the recent announcement of the release of political prisoners in Cuba and for considering this fact as an opportunity to ask again the government of that country "to give way to the guarantees of a democratic system and open the flows of expression of its people". In that sense, the Declaration states that a first step would be "that the Cuban government recognize the right to freedom of association and expression in its country, erasing the legal dispositions that restrict and oppress the excercise of those fundamental rights".
The exercise of rights is no crime. Claim for the liberation of all the political prisoners in Cuba (read it in Spanish)
Democracy will not be consolidated in Latin America so long as, with the indulgence of governments and entities of the region, there remains in existence in Cuba a one party regime who believes that the exercise of rights can be considered a crime.
New claim of acknowledgement of the civic movement in Cuba
The claim to the Foreign Departments of different Latin American countries carries the signature of the representatives of the civil societies organizations before the Red Puente Democratico Latino Cuba: Carlos Bascuñán, Corporación Justicia y Democracia – Chile; Héctor Leis, Instituto Millenium – Brazil; Lázaro Ramírez, Unión Colombiana de Jóvenes Demócratas (UCJD) – Colombia; César Ricaurte, Fundación Andina para la Observación y Estudio de Medios (Fundamedios) – Ecuador; Gabriel Salvia, Centro para la Apertura y el Desarrollo de América Latina (CADAL) - Argentina/Uruguay; Heinz Sonntag, Observatorio Hannah Arendt – Venezuela; Eduardo Ulibarri Bilbao, Instituto de Prensa y Libertad de Expresión (IPLEX) - Costa Rica; y Jorge Villena, Instituto Peruano de Economía Social de Mercado (IPESM) – Peru.
Social Latin American personalities claim for opening in Cuba
Fifty social personalities from Latin America have just subscribe the Declaration in Support of Freedom of Association and Speech in Cuba, taking into account that “the recent decision of OAS to leave without effect the suspension of Cuba is a chance to ask the government of that country to give way to the guaranties of a democratic system and open the channels of expression of its people”. The signatures of the Declaration are headed by Patricio Aylwin, former President of Chile and Chairman of Corporación Justicia y Democracia.