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July 3th, 2014
Dictatorships block CADAL’s application for UN consultative status
Last May 28th, the UN Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations considered the applications for consultative status of more than a hundred organizations. CADAL’s was the only application closed after being subjected to a roll call vote by request of the delegate of Cuba. Gabriel Salvia, head of CADAL, stated that “the rejection of our organizations’ request for consultative status is another example of who rule the UN”.

June 18th, 2014
CADAL nominated the Cuban Manuel Cuesta Morúa to the Lech Walesa award for democratic activism
The award will be presented for the seventh time by Lech Walesa himself at a ceremony in Gdansk, Poland, and the winner receives a certificate of recognition, a statuette and a financial recognition of $ 100.000.

May 17th, 2014
Presentation in Germany of the Solidary tourism campaign in Cuba
The video,subtitled in German, was presented by Hendrika Langelüddecke in the congress “Passauer Lateinamerika Gespräche”. CADAL offers a Guide of the Cuban civil movement for those tourists who travel to the Caribbean Island and want to get in direct contact with the democratic actors in Cuba.

April 30th, 2014
CADAL nominated Cuban Manuel Cuesta Morúa to Václav Havel Human Rights Award
The Václav Havel Human Rights Award is presented each year by the Council of Europe in cooperation with the Václav Havel Library and the Charter 77 Foundation to reward the action of the prominent civil society in defence of human rights in Europe and beyond. The first awarding took place on September 30, 2013, where Ales Bialiatski, a Belarusian human rights activist, was honoured.

April 24th, 2014
Anti-Semitism: Beginning of informative briefings at universities
As part of the project ''Combating Anti-Semitism and Promotion of Religious Tolerance in South America,'' that Puente Democratico Program of CADAL implements with support from the Pan-American Development Foundation (PADF), the first briefing was given in universities of Argentina on “Origin, myths and influences of anti-Semitism in the world."

April 21th, 2014
In solidarity with activist Yang Jianli denied entry to Hong Kong
This is the fourth time that Hong Kong authorities have denied Yang's entry into the administration region in the past five years; the first three times were on the eve of the Beijing Olympics in August 2008, during the twentieth anniversary of the June 4th Massacre in May 2009, and the 100th anniversary of the Revolution of 1911 in October 2011. This pattern indicates that the Hong Kong authorities have been following Beijing's order to block people on its blacklist from entering the city.

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.

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