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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.

June 5th, 2017
Prominent Cuban analyst visited Buenos Aires
From 29 may to 2 June, Professor Juan Antonio Blanco, Executive Director of the Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba, visited Buenos Aires.

March 23th, 2017
Former Cuban prisoner visited Buenos Aires
From the 18th to the 22nd of March, the independent writer and journalist Jorge Olivera Castillo, condemned in 2003 in Cuba to an 18-year prison sentence during the repressive wave known as Cuba’s “Black Spring”. He was released in 2005 thanks to an extra-penal license on grounds of health, and he is now with a scholarship for writers at risk, in Harvard.

March 20th, 2017
Opening of Laura Pollán Library
It contains books on Cuba, democracy, human rights, transitions, authoritarianism and totalitarianism. The catalogue is available on the internet and copies can be consulted in CADAL’s headquarters by appointment.

February 16th, 2017
CADAL releases «El Paquetazo»
The Program Puente Democrático at the Center for the Opening and Development of Latin America (CADAL) selected ten Human Rights publications on pendrives to hand over to democratic activists and/or to the Cuban population. The idea is that those pendrives are going to be brought to the island to unlock the censorship.

February 3th, 2017
CADAL nominates Laritza Diversent from Cubalex for two international Human Rights awards
La nominación de la activista cubana al Premio Front Line Defenders y al Premio Gwanju para los Derechos Humanos contó con el apoyo de la ex presidente de Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla.

November 3th, 2016
Cuesta Morúa distinguished with 2016 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award
The Cuban progressive leader was recognized by the Woodrow Wilson Center after the nomination by the Center for the Opening and Development of Latin America (CADAL). Previous awardees include Jamil Hasanli (Azerbaijan, 2015); Mustafa Nayyem (Ukraine, 2014), Angela Kocze (Hungary, 2013), Aung San Suu Kyi (Myanmar, 2012), Nabeel Rajab (Bahrain, 2011), Oleg Kozlovsky (Russia, 2010), Adam Michnik (Poland, 2009), Eleonora Cercavschi (Moldova, 2008), Anatoli Mikhailov (Belarus, 2007), Saad Ibrahim (Egypt, 2006), and Sergio Aguayo (Mexico, 2005).

August 27th, 2016
Argentine officials received human rights activits
Human rights activists from North Korea, China, Cuba and Equatorial Guinea who participated as speakers for the conference organized by the CADAL for the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Totalitarianism were received by Gabriela Michetti, Vice-President of Argentina and Claudio Avruj, Secretary of Human Rights and Cultural diversity of Argentina.

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.

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