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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.

December 4th, 2014
Paths to a democratic Cuba
Gabriel Salvia and Héctor Schamis, Director General and academic advisor of the Center for the Opening and Development of Latin America (CADAL), respectively, participated in the international conference “Paths to a democratic Cuba” which was held on December 3rd and 4th in Mexico City. The event was organized by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and supported by the Cristian Democratic Organization of America (ODCA) and the Network of Latin American Youth for Democracy. In the picture the two representatives of CADAL together with Manuel Cuesta Morúa, spokesman of Arco Progesista in Cuba.

November 24th, 2014
CADAL nominated Reinaldo Escobar as Free Speech Hero
The prize of freedom of speech of the Index on Censorship awards individuals and groups that worked against censorship in the world. The prize was established 15 years ago and recognizes the work against censorship in the world. CADAL nominated Reinaldo Escobar for this prize because of his professionalism and sincerity in the search of the truth and freedom for his country through his qualitative work as a professional journalist.

November 17th, 2014
CADAL nominated the Cuban activist Manuel Cuesta Morúa for the Homo Homini prize
The prize that is awarded by the Czech foundation People In Need for the 20th time, acknowledges brave persons who are working for the promotion of human rights, democracy and non-violent solutions to conflicts. Since 1994, the Homo Homini prize recognizes every year the work of outstanding people like Sapiyat Magomedova (Russia, 2013), Intigam Aliyev (Azerbaijan, 2012), Azimžan Askarov (Kyrgyzstan, 2010), Liu Xiaobo (China, 2008), Su Su Nway, Phyu Phyu Thin and Nilar Thein (Myanmar, 2007), Ales Bialiatski (Belarus, 2005), and Sergej Kovaljov (Russia, 1994), among others.

September 24th, 2014
Being a journalist in Cuba: between submission and risk
From 18th to 23rd September, CADAL received the visit of the Cuban journalist Reinaldo Escobar, who gave presentations on " Being a journalist in Cuba: between submission and risk" for communications students of several universities and met with journalists and intellectuals.

August 15th, 2014
Claim for the arrest of Human Rights defenders in Azerbaijan
In a letter to the Director of Human Rights of the Foreign Ministry of Argentina, Federico Villegas Beltrán, CADAL requested that the Argentinian embassy in Azerbaijanutters a word of protest because of the arrest of Human Rights defenders in that country and thus join the claim of our Swedish colleagues of Civil Rights Defenders.

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.

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