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April 11th, 2014
Request to the French Foreign Minister on his visit to Cuba
The director of CADAL reminded the French Foreign Minister of the French delegation’s claim in Geneva during the last universal periodic review in Cuba. In said opportunity, France recommended that the regime of Raúl Castro ensure the freedoms of speech and pacific assembly, as well as the free activity of Human Rights defenders, independent journalists and political opponents.

March 26th, 2014
Call for application of transparency and democratic principles in the elections of the member states of the UN Human Rights Council
In the presentation CADAL reminded the Secretary General that on last November 12, the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) elected in a secret ballot fourteen member states to its Human Rights Council for the next three years, including the states whose governments represent the attitude of denying for years, through the use of repression against its own and foreign citizens, basic democratic freedoms and human rights.

March 4th, 2014
CADAL’s Support to the Constitutional Consensus in Cuba
Among the initiatives that CADAL’s Puente Democrático Program has been developing in favor of political opening in Cuba, those that stand out are the contributions about the country’s institutions in the context of democratic transition. One of these was the publication of the book “Elementos de Teoría Constitucional: una propuesta para Cuba” by jurist Ricardo M. Rojas, and the proposal by the analyst Aleardo Laría on the adoption of a parliamentary system.

February 20th, 2014
Regional Responsibility in the Growing Authoritarianism and Brutal Repression in Venezuela
Unfortunately the list of regional presidents and functionaries who have contributed to the illegitimate continuity of the Communist Party’s power in Cuba and to the establishment of an authoritarian regime in Venezuela is very long. This is especially true of those countries that supposedly boast democratic leadership, but nevertheless contributed to the endorsement of political impunity in both countries.

September 17th, 2013
Hernán Alberro headed a roundtable about the future of Cuba and Venezuela in the Forum 2000 in Prague
Hernán Alberro, Programs Director of CADAL, participated as a moderator in a roundtable composed of the Cuban activists Yoani Sánchez and Dagoberto Valdez and Venezuelan activists Leopoldo López (Voluntad Popular) and Tamara Suju, where they analyzed the future of Cuba and Venezuela and the transition process in both countries. The roundtable was held in the European House in Prague and it was organized by Forum 2000 and sponsored by People in Need.

July 31th, 2013
CADAL nominated the Ladies in White for the United Nations Prize in Human Rights
International Democratic Solidarity program of CADAL (Puente Democrático) nominated the Ladies in White for United Nations Human Rights Prize "in recognition for outstanding achievements in Human Rights".

July 22th, 2013
CADAL supports the Parliamentary Statement for Democracy in Cuba
The Center for the Opening and Development of Latin America (CADAL) adheres to the declaration promoted by parliamentarians for democracy in Cuba.

May 3th, 2013
Totalitarianism, ideology and culture
The VI conference of the Hannah Arendt Observatory about "Totalitarianism, ideology and culture" was held in Caracas. In this opportunity at the Universidad Metropolitana de Venezuela, having the CADAL Institutional participation, the Department of Political Studies of the Unviersidad Metropolitana, the Coordination of Liberal Studies of the Universidad Metropolitana, Graduated Coordination of Political Sciences of the Universidad Simón Bolívar, CENDES-UCV, Research Center of Communications of UCAB, and the support of the newspapers Tal Cual and El Nacional.

April 9th, 2013
CADAL nominated the Committee for Racial Integration of Cuba for the International Hrant Dink Award
The Puente Democrático Program of CADAL nominated Comité para la Integración Racial en Cuba, led by Juan Antonio Madrazo Luna, for the International Hrant Dink Award that Hrant Dink Foundation awards annually since 2009 in Istanbul, Turkey.

March 18th, 2013
An American diplomat received the Award to Committed Diplomacy in Cuba 2011-2012
Joaquín Monserrate, Head of the Political and Economic Portfolio at the United States Interests Section in Havana, between September 2009 and July 2012, was the winner of the Award to Committed Diplomacy for the period 2011-2012 after obtaining 220 votes and been nominated by 23 different groups in Cuba.

March 18th, 2013
10 years after the Cuban Black Spring and on occasion of Cuba’s Universal Periodic Review in Geneva
To mark the tenth anniversary of the crackdown in Cuba, which resulted in the arrest of 75 peaceful dissidents and concerning the execution of three Cubans who, without causing injury to others, hijacked a boat with the intention to emigrate, the Puente Democratico Program of the Center for the Opening and Development of Latin America (CADAL) publishes the communication appropriately directed to Civil Society Section at the UN Human Rights Council with regards to the Universal Periodic Review of Cuba to be held during the month of May

March 5th, 2013
CADAL nominated Dagoberto Valdés for the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights 2013
The Puente Democrático Program of CADAL nominated social leader and human rights activist Dagoberto Valdés for Gwangju Prize for Human Rights 2013 that each year is presented by the May 18 Memorial Foundation in South Korea.This nomination had the support and references of former president and democratic union leader of Poland, Lech Walesa.

February 22th, 2013
CADAL nominated Yoani Sánchez to the Courage in Journalism Award of the International Women's Media Foundation.
Puente Democrático Program of CADAL nominated Yoani Sánchez to Courage in Journalism Award of the International Women's Merida Foundation (IWMF).

January 18th, 2013
Website of Instituto Václav Havel
The website offers a biography, bibliography, acknowledgements and quotes from Václav Havel. Besides, it gives institutional information on CADAL, the Program Puente Democratico (Democratic Bridge) and the Instituto Václav Havel. Finally, it details the activities of the Institute, among them: the photo exhibit “Citizen Havel”, the showcasing of the documentary “The Power of the Powerless”, the organization of the “Good Bye Lenin Programme” and a campaign for Latin American countries to adopt the “International Black Ribbon Day” already adopted by the European Union and Canada every August 23 to honor of the victims of Stalinism and Nazism.

June 18th, 2012
With the support of important European figures CADAL nominates Cuban activist Dagoberto Valdés for the Human Rights Tulip 2012
The nomination is endorsed and supported by several European officials, including the former President of Poland and activist from Solidarity, Lech Walesa; the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Karel Schwarzenberg; the Director of the President's Cabinet in Spain, Jorge Moragas; the Bishop of Prague, Václav Malý; and the Swedish diplomat, Ingemar Cederberg.

April 4th, 2012
Request to the OAS to formally recognize the Cuban Civic Movement and reject Correa's proposal to invite Cuba to the Summit of the Americas
“the Cuban regime is excluding itself from the Organization, having failed to bring its internal norms into line with the Inter-American Democratic Charter”

April 13th, 2011
Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, Your Excellence Asta Skaisgirytė Liauškienė visits CADAL
Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, Your Excellence Asta Skaisgirytė Liauškienė, visited the Center for the Opening and Development of Latin America (CADAL) where she held a meeting with Gabriel Salvia and Hernán Alberro, General Director and Programs Director of CADAL, respectively. Vice-Minister assisted accompanied by Vaclovas Salkauskas, Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania in Argentina; and Irena Skullerud, Head of the Division of Latin America, Asia and Pacific from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania.

February 23th, 2011
Zapata Tamayo remembered in front of Buenos Aires’ Obelisco (read it in Spanish)
Members of “Movimiento de Mujeres Cubanas exiliadas en Argentina: Por una Cuba Libre y Democrática” remembered the first anniversary of the death of Orlando Zapata Tamayo at Avenue Corrientes and 9 de Julio, in front of the Obelisco, an emblematic place of Buenos Aires. According to the organizers the place chosen for this commemoration was full of interested people.

January 31th, 2011
Message from Ingemar Cederberg for the Award to Committed Diplomacy in Cuba 2009-2010 (read it in Spanish)
“I just finished five years of diplomatic service at the Embassy of Sweden in Havana. It has been a great privilege for me to have the chance to know deeply the difficult life conditions and the tough work of Cuban opposition. During my 18 years in different diplomatic positions in Latin America I have not known of violations to freedom of expression so infamously planned like in the case of Cuba”.

January 21th, 2011
Volker Pellet received the plaque of the Award to Committed Diplomacy in Cuba 2009-2010 at the office of Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Berlin (read it in Spanish)
Hans Blomeier, Director of Latin America at Konrad Adenauer Foundation, gave German diplomat Volker Pellet the plaque of the Award to Committed Diplomacy in Cuba 2009-2010 at the office of Konrad Adenauer in Berlin.

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