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August 6th, 2018
Cadal and Freemuse call for urgent intervention from the international community to save free speech and cultural expression in Cuba
CADAL and Freemuse call on the international community to raise concern to Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel that the new decree is inconsistent with international human rights standards, and sends a strong signal that failure to comply with human rights principles may force the international community to withdraw its economic support from Cuba. To access the joint statement subscribed by Gabriel Salvia, General Director of CADAL, and Dr. Srirak Plipat, Executive Director of Freemuse, click here

July 9th, 2018
CADAL requests to the governments of Argentina and Chile to apply the principle of reciprocity with Cuba in their relations with the political opposition
The request from CADAL bears the signature of its Executive Director, Gabriel C. Salvia, who expressed: «I am hopeful that both the government of Macri and the government of Piñera will act with dignity, conviction and political openness in its bilateral relations with Cuba. In other words, I hope they do not forget how they thought and acted when they were in the opposition».

June 4th, 2018
Joint petition to the European Union by CADAL and FREEMUSE
Both institutions requested that the Delegation of the European Union in Cuba includes in their cultural cooperation programs the independent artistic initiatives looking to defend the right to freedom of expression and not extending the illegality status that government has impose to them.

May 28th, 2018
Condemnation of the arbitrary arrest of Cuban scientist
Activists, politicians, and civil society members around the world are standing in solidarity with the Cuban scientist who was detained unjustly and arbitrarily, launching a petition on Change.org for his immediate release.

April 30th, 2018
CADAL seeks the activation of the Inter-American Democratic Charter in Nicaragua
The Center for the Opening and Development of Latin America (CADAL) calls upon the General Secretary and the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States for the application of article 18 of the Inter-American Democratic Charter in Nicaragua. This call is in response to the illegitimate exercise of power by Daniel Ortega’s government.

April 23th, 2018
LGBTI activist faces harassment upon return to Cuba
25-year-old LGBTI activist and member of Cuba Independiente y Democrática party, Leodán Suárez Quiñones, was detained and interrogated on April 21st at the Havana airport by State Security and National Revolutionary Police agents upon her return from Buenos Aires.

April 9th, 2018
Vietnam continues to indiscriminately detain activists
Prestigious international human rights organizations demand the immediate and unconditional liberation of political prisoners accused of attempting to “change the political regime” and build a “pluralist, multiparty state” with “separation of powers.”

April 5th, 2018
Summit of the Americas in Lima: Solidarity in the face of our Cuban democratic colleagues’ exclusion and repression
The Center for the Opening and Development of Latin America (CADAL) decided not to participate in the Forum of Civil Society Organizations at the OAS’s Summit of the Americas in Lima. This decision was made in solidarity with our Cuban democratic colleagues and as an act of refusal to share a space with those that represent a dictatorial government and have nothing to do with civil society.

March 16th, 2018
Campaign supporting El Círculo Gallery in Havana March 16, 2018
By breaking into the property of Luis Trápaga and Lia Villares, the Cuban military government has violated articles 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, and 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. CADAL supports the collective call for the return of these independent artists’ belongings. To join the call click here.

March 7th, 2018
Agustín López Canino: a new case of arbitrary action in Cuba March 7, 2018
Only three months before undergoing examination by the UN Human Rights Council, the Cuban military government deliberately violated seven articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in their treatment of Agustín López Canino.

March 5th, 2018
Rosalía Viñas blocked from leaving Cuba
Rosalía Viñas, member of the Center for Coexistence Studies, has now been blocked twice from exiting the country. While the first occurrence prevented her from attending the Internet Governance Forum, the most recent incident impeded her attendance of the Internet Freedom Festival.

March 3th, 2018
Support Freemuse for the Freedom of Musical Expression
This initiative is part of the Music Freedom Day in order to celebrate the human right to freedom of musical expression. Since its inception in 2007, this celebration has been held in more than 30 countries. This year will count on, as it always has, the participation of artists and organizations from around the world to come together to defend artistic freedom.

March 1th, 2018
Gorki Águila was Detained for 5 Hours on his Return from Buenos Aires
The leader of the Cuban punk rock band was detained for five hours at Cuban customs when he returned from Argentina. His copies of the last two editions of the Diálogo Latino Cubano.

November 24th, 2017
A condemnation of the unjust sentencing of our colleague Nabeel Rajab
The director of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights was sentenced to two years in prison for giving interviews on television in which he recounted the history of human rights and their violations in Bahrain.

October 25th, 2017
The Commission for International Democratic Solidarity Holds a Meeting

October 10th, 2017
Coalition for Democratic Renewal
The Prague Appeal for Democratic Renewal has two members of CADAL as signatories, Juan Pablo Cardenal and Gabriel Salvia.

September 28th, 2017
CADAL Nominates Cuban Punk Rock Band for the 2018 Freedom of Expression Awards
The band Porno para Ricardo was nominated for the Arts category, which recognizes «artists and artistic directors whose work challenges repression and injustice and celebrates free artistic expression»

September 27th, 2017
CADAL Stands in Solidarity with Karina Gálvez and Cuban Colleagues at the Centro de Estudios Convivencia
The Center for the Opening and Development of Latin America (CADAL) stands in solidarity with Karina Gálvez Chiu, a founding member of the Centro de Estudios Convivencia (CEC), located in Pinar del Río, Cuba. Gálvez was unjustly found guilty of tax evasion this past 21st of September and was sentenced to three years of imprisonment and three further years of restricted freedoms.

August 23th, 2017
CADAL presents Jorge Edwards with the Special Award for Committed Diplomacy in Cuba
The award was presented by CADAL Secretary Bernabé García Hamilton at the closing of the 2017 Conference on the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Totalitarianism. The event was held at the San Martín Palace, home to the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

July 11th, 2017
Solidarity with Bahraini detained activist Nabeel Rajab
On July 10th, Nabeel Rajab, one of the most renowned activists in Bahrain, was sentenced to two years in prison for charges related to a TV show in which he allegedly spreads rumors and false information about the country's current situation that undermine the prestige of the state.

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