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July 20th, 2016
The Cuban military dictatorship is scared of computers, books and T-shirts
The Center for the Opening and Development of Latin America (CADAL) denounces the continued harassment of peaceful opponents by the Cuban regime, whose belongings were confiscated upon return to their country. Among the most recent cases are those of Carlos Oliva Torres and Lia Villares. CADAL has asked democratic countries not to be accomplices in the silence that the Cuban dictatorship is seeking for.

July 18th, 2016
CADAL participated in the I Global Forum Against Anti-Semitism in Latin America
Gabriel Salvia chairman of the Center for the Opening and Development of Latin America (CADAL) together with an intern were present at an event jointly organized by the Congreso Judío Latinoamericano, Foreign Affairs Ministry of Israel and Hispanic-Israeli Leadership Coalition (HILC).

June 27th, 2016
Cuban punk rock band visited Buenos Aires
The iconic band Porno Para Ricardo is banned in Cuba and as a result cannot have shows in Cuba. In the Argentine capital for the first time they gave a recital in Latin America. While in Buenos Aires, the band had three shows: at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Centro Cultural Munro and during the Festival Antitodo at Uniclub.

May 17th, 2016
Latin American debate on Cuba and the United States at CARI
Gabriel Salvia , Chairman of CADAL, was a speaker at the presentation of the journal “Latin American Debates” by the Latin American Center for Advanced Studies (CLEA) and Latin American Network for University Cooperation (RLCU) , devoted entirely to the restoration of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the U.S.A. The presentation was held at the headquarters of the Argentine Council for International Relations (CARI). Other participants were Jorge Castro, Patricio Degiorgis and via skype, Manuel Cuesta Morua.

April 20th, 2016
CADAL was visited by the director of the Committee for Human Rights of North Korea
Greg Scarlatoiu, Executive Director of the HRNK met with CADAL’s Chairman and the Programs Director in order to strengthen ties to pursuit the international promoting human rights.

March 30th, 2016
CADAL Adheres to the Joint NGO Statement Urging a Halt of Pre-Election Civil Society Crackdown in Equatorial Guinea
President Obiang, in power since 1979, is seeking reelection in a vote hastily scheduled for April 24. He is the longest serving non-royal head of state in the world. His regime has been marked by longstanding repression.

February 24th, 2016
Fernando Henrique Cardoso met with Cuesta Morua
The former President of Brazil received the spokesman of “Arco Progresista” of Cuba at the headquarters of the foundation that bares his name in Sao Paulo. Cuesta Morua was invited to give a presentation on changes in Cuba in the Fernando Henrique Cardoso Institute. Cuesta Morua traveled to Sao Paulo with the support of the Center for the Opening and Development of Latin America (CADAL) to talk at the conference "How far can changes reach in Cuba?" which was organized by the Fernando Henrique Cardoso Institute.

January 19th, 2016
CADAL joined the International Coalition to Stop Crimes Against Humanity in North Korea
The International Coalition to Stop Crimes against Humanity in North Korea (ICNK) works to increase understanding and awareness about the situation of human rights in North Korea.

December 21th, 2015
Rene Gomez Manzano visited Buenos Aires
The Cuban lawyer and human rights activist visited the capital of Argentina from 14 to 19 December by invitation of CADAL. During his visit, Gomez Manzano participated in two events, held meetings with lawyers, political leaders, and gave an interview to the newspaper La Nación.

December 10th, 2015
Observatory of International Relations and Human Rights
Coinciding with the International Day of Human Rights, CADAL’s Program for International Democratic Solidarity reports that it already has 10 volunteers for the Observatory of International Relations and Human Rights. Countries that have a volunteer assigned to monitor are: Bahrain, Chad, China, Laos, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan. For now are vacant Eritrea, Belarus, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

December 1th, 2015
CADAL nominated Dagoberto Valdes for the 2015 Homo Homini Award for 2015
The Puente Democrático Program of the Center for the Opening and Development of Latin America submitted to the Czech foundation People In Need, the nomination of the Director of Convivencia Project, Dagoberto Valdes Hernandez, for the Homo Homini Award 2015.

October 7th, 2015
Presentation of the Latin Cuban Dialogue in the Assembly of Librarians
At the meeting, librarians expressed their interest in the publications of CADAL which are part of the collection of the libraries in order to serve the public in their communities. The presentations of the Latin Cuban Dialogue were given by blogger and journalist Agustín López Canino.

September 15th, 2015
The next legislative elections in Venezuela
The head of CADAL, Gabriel Salvia, participated as moderator of a panel at the 19th edition of Forum 2000, held at the House of Europe in Prague, capital of Czech Republic. In the panel participated as exhibitors Mitzy Capriles de Ledezma, Dita Charanzová, Jose Honegger Molina Garcia and Tamara Suju.

September 14th, 2015
Czech diplomat receives award in Prague
As part of the 19th edition of the Forum 2000, Frantisek Fleišman received in the Žofín Palace in Prague the Award to Committed Diplomacy in Cuba from 2013 to 2014 from Cuban democracy activists.

August 26th, 2015
A prominent democratic Cuban visited Buenos Aires
During his stay in Argentina, Dagoberto Valdes Hernandez was declared Guest of Honor of the City of Buenos Aires by the City’s Legislature, after being approved the project that was presented by Francisco Quintana and Cecilia de la Torre. The Cuban Catholic intellectual and opponent, Director of the Center for Coexistence Studies in Pinar del Rio, Cuba, visited Buenos Aires from 22 to 25 August.

August 12th, 2015
Yuniel López, invited by CADAL, visited Buenos Aires
The young democratic activist, who gained prominence when presenting himself in the latest municipal elections in Cuba, visited Buenos Aires from August 7th to 12th, to witness the primary elections in Argentina and meet with experts on electoral issues.

July 15th, 2015
Request to Embassies in Havanna
CADAL notes with a special concern that most of embassies from democratic countries in Havana spread to Cuban democratic actors the ilegality imposed upon them by a one-party regime. Thus, in addition to being humanely unacceptable, it antagonizes human rights' foreign policy which many countries have expressed that they assumed on their respective ministry of Foreign Affairs websites.

June 14th, 2015
CADAL nominated Manuel Cuesta Morúa for the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award at the Wilson Center
The Democratic Bridge Program of the Center for the Opening and Development of Latin America (CADAL) submitted the Cuban activist application, Manuel Cuesta Morúa, to the Woodrow Wilson Center for the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award for his involvement with democracy and human rights in Cuba.

May 25th, 2015
A Czech wins the Award of Committed Diplomacy in Cuba 2013-2014 and the Swedish Embassy in Havana receives a special mention
It is the fourth time that CADAL’s Program for International Democratic Solidarity presents this award. It is unprecedented democratic work in Cuba, which points out the supportive work of foreign diplomatic working in embassies in Havana. Between 2003 and 2014, 11 foreign diplomats were honored for their humanitarian work in Cuba, two Czechs, two Germans, a Swede, a Dutch, a Pole, one British and three Americans. This time, CADAL announces the winner of 2013-2014 and the special mention, on the day of the National Day of Argentina, with the hope that very soon the Cuban democratic actors will be invited to it for the National Day.

May 3th, 2015
Cuesta Morua presented his book in Havana
The book was edited by the Puente Democrático Program of the Center for the Opening and Development of Latin America (CADAL). It has a prologue of the Cuban essayist Haroldo Dilla and was presented at the office of the institute New Country by Victor Manuel Dominguez, vice president of the Club of Independent writers. It is the first official presentation of the text in Cuba.

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