Dissidents Call Meeting With Obama Positive And Give Him A List Of Political Prisoners / EFE, 14ymedio

Barack Obama meeting with dissidents in Havana on Tuesday. (14ymedio)
Barack Obama meeting with dissidents in Havana on Tuesday. (14ymedio)

14ymedio biggerEFE (14ymedio), Havana, 22 March 2016 – Several dissidents who met with President Barack Obama in Havana this Tuesday, assessed the meeting as “positive” and “frank,” and one of them delivered a list of 89 political prisoners recorded by the group he leads.

Elizardo Sanchez, spokesman for the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN), said Obama was “very clear” and reiterated to the participants at the meeting “his commitment to the cause of human rights and democratic freedoms.”

Sanchez explained that during the dialogue with the US president, he handed him a copy of the list of 89 political prisoners prepared by his group, Continue reading “Dissidents Call Meeting With Obama Positive And Give Him A List Of Political Prisoners / EFE, 14ymedio”

the only one that undertakes an ongoing documentation of these cases in Cuba.

For veteran government opponent, the balance of Obama’s visit to the island was “favorable to the cause of bilateral democracy” but he lamented that far from encouraging an “atmosphere of calm” the Cuban government unleashed “a wave of political repression” which, according to the records of his group translates to between 450 and 500 arrests across the island between Saturday and today.

For his part, the former political prisoner of the 2003 Black Spring “Group of 75,” Jose Daniel Ferrer, one of the thirteen government opponents invited to the meeting, described as “very positive” the meeting because “it was a show of solidarity with those of us who are fighting for the reconstruction of the nation.

“We talked about the process initiated with the Cuban government to normalize bilateral relations, also about his visit, and we also had the opportunity to make suggestions and give opinions on issues that we believe should continue to be pursued and what should not be done in this case,” said Ferrer, leader of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU).

Miriam Leiva, also invited to the event, considered it “very open” because the president listened to the participants who “could express their views on the current situation of repression and human rights in Cuba” and also he made comments.

“There were some who raised positions contrary to the policies of President Obama, but in the end he expounded on his views about what he is doing and what he can do to benefit the Cuban people,” said the independent journalist.

In her opinion, the fact that Barack Obama set aside a space in his busy schedule of about 48 hours in Havana for this meeting at the US embassy, ​​represented “recognition and support” for the Cuban opposition.

Antonio González-Rodiles, who heads the Independent Estado de Sats (State of Sats) project, said the meeting was “very frank” and led to a debate in which “everyone raised their point of view and President Obama heard the different positions.”

Rodiles, critical of the new US approach to Cuba, said he told Obama his doubts about the process of normalization of relations and the “enormous level of violence and repression” in recent times.

He also criticized that “we have not heard from their government a clear condemnation regarding these excessive violations against the dissidence.”

Also at the meeting dissidents and activists such as the leader of the Ladies in White, Berta Soler; Guillermo Fariñas; Manuel Cuesta Morua, of the Progressive Arc; and the critical intellectual Dagoberto Valdes.

In brief remarks to reporters about the meeting, Obama said that one of the objectives of the normalization begun with Cuba is to be able to “hear directly” from the Cuban people and ensure that they also “have a voice” in the new stage initiated between the two countries fifteen months ago.

Note: Cuban dissidents, independent journalists and human rights activists present at the meeting were: Angel Yunier Remon, Antonio Rodiles, Juana Mora Cedeno, Jose Daniel Ferrer, Laritza Diversent, Berta Soler, Dagoberto Valdes Hernandez, Guillermo Fariñas, Nelson Alvarez Matute, Miriam Celaya Gonzales, Manuel Cuesta Morua, Miriam Leiva Viamonte, Elizardo Sanchez.

‘El Sexto’ Exhibits the Pigs That Sent Him to Jail in Cuba / 14ymedio, Mario Penton

'Raul' and 'Fidel', the pigs from the performance art piece banned in Cuba, were paraded through the Market Gallery in Miami on Thursday. (14ymedio)
‘Raul’ and ‘Fidel’, the pigs from the performance art piece banned in Cuba, were paraded through the Market Gallery in Miami on Thursday. (14ymedio)

14ymedio bigger14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 26 February 2016 – Last night in Miami Danilo Maldonado (known as ‘El Sexto’, The Sixth), was able to show off the pigs Raul and Fidel, which cost him ten months in prison in Cuba. The opening of the exhibition “Pork,” at the Market Gallery in Miami Beach this Thursday, included the performance art piece banned in Cuba at the end of 2014, in which the two pigs walked peacefully around in an area restricted for their display, while a crowd gathered around and flashes lit up the pigs, who now and then appeared to pose.

El Sexto is an artist of freedom. At times irreverent and iconoclastic, but decidedly sensitive and intuitive. “The only way to find freedom is to go out and get it. I am still looking for it, but only this search is what frees you from a state of repression,” he told 14ymedio while preparing for the opening of his first exposition in the United States.

Enlivened by the well-known and controversial band Porno Para Ricardo, the event welcomed hundreds of participants, especially young Cuban Americans, and was a showcase for the work of the artist imprisoned for his performance art piece in Havana’s Central Park, inspired by Orwell, that never saw the light of day until last night in Miami. Since then, the image of the two pigs painted olive-green with the names of Fidel and Raul on their sides, accompany El Sexto wherever he goes. Continue reading “‘El Sexto’ Exhibits the Pigs That Sent Him to Jail in Cuba / 14ymedio, Mario Penton”

“For me, the pig chosen by Orwell was the closest thing to the characters I wanted to represent. But in addition, it is the only thing left to us, there is no fish, no chicken… all there is is pork,” he said, to explain his choice.

Maldonado began his artist work painting graffiti on the walls of Havana which he signed underneath with the pseudonym “El Sexto” (The Sixth), as a way of protesting against the huge campaign financed by the Cuban state to demand the release of the five spies considered heroes in Cuba. His social criticism and sarcastic messages were completely unacceptable to the authorities, who interpreted his art as a hostile act.

“I have been a follower of El Sexto for a long time. His work shows the injustice of the Castro regime, the lack of freedom, Valle Grande Prison (where he was held), the hunger strike he was forced to undertake…” commented Sheila Oliva Gonzales, a young Cuban who graduated from the National School of Arts in Cuba and now lives in Miami.

Despite everything, his imprisonment was a learning experience for El Sexto. “In Cuba there is a society that is falling apart, a country that is collapsing and this system has no solutions.”

The trip to the United States has represented a qualitative leap in Maldonado’s artistic career, but also on a personal level. “It helps you to want to transmit what you see to those over here. Here people believe in big dreams, and they are motivated to work, they have a purpose. That makes you fee.”

Ramon Alejandro, one of the great Cuban painters of exile, was present at the exhibition. “I did not know that he was a photographer, or that he painted on fabric, I only knew the drawings that circulated on the internet. He is a very good painter and what he does is very interesting, independent of its social and political implications,” he commented.

Others who were also there were Berta Soler, leader of the Ladies in White, and Antonio Gonzalez Rodiles, director of the Estado de Sats project. “It’s fantastic that he can have the exposition here, because he couldn’t do it in Cuban. It seems that Raul has bought this name and now it is his property, and the name Fidel as well. Now no one can have it, not even the pigs,” lamented Soler.

Danilo Maldonado, who is very close to the Todos Marchamos (We All March) initiative undertaken by several civil society groups on the island and in exile, has said on numerous occasions that his intention is to return to Cuba in March and to continue attending, along with his mother and grandmother, Santa Rita Church, with the Ladies in White. “The importance of Todos Marchamos is that no one has dared to do this before now, to take to the streets,” affirmed the artist.

Former Democratic congressman Joe Garcia, who was also present at the evening, praised Maldonado’s courage, because he had the opportunity to leave Cuba but decided to say. “This makes him a good Cuba, a patriot. The most heroic acts are those silent acts that people undertake to improve their country. And there are thousands and thousands of Cubans who are doing this every day,” he said in praise of El Sexto.

One of the most moving moments of the night, along with the realization of the performance art piece aborted in Havana, was the moment when El Sexto proceeded to get a tattoo of a declaration asking for the freedom of the Venezuelan politician Leopoldo Lopez, imprisoned in that country, and the Cuban political prisoners.

Estado De Sats Holds Workshop On Rights And Freedoms / Cubanet, Arturo Rojas Rodriguez

Participants in the first Rights and Freedoms Workshop at Estado de Sats (photo by the author)
Participants in the first Rights and Freedoms Workshop at Estado de Sats (photo by the author)

cubanet square logoCubanet, Arturo Rojas Rodriguez, Havana, 12 February 2016 – On Thursday, members of several opposition groups participated in the first “Rights and Freedoms” workshop. The event brought together twenty participants and took place at Havana’s Miramar neighborhood.

Sponsored by Estado de Sats (State of Sats), those present included Berta Soler, leader of the Ladies in White. In his presentation, Antonio Rodiles, director of Estado de Sats, called for an analysis of the Roadmap for the Forum for Rights and Freedom, taking as a point of departure the 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Rodiles emphasized, especially, the rights of workers in the private sector. Continue reading “Estado De Sats Holds Workshop On Rights And Freedoms / Cubanet, Arturo Rojas Rodriguez”

Raul Ciriaco Borges Alvarez, president of the Christian Democratic Social Party of Cuba, said that the work of the opposition has to be designed to encourage people, and primarily workers, to know their rights, to demand them, empowering them ever more with the tools that will allow them to “free themselves from the fear that constrains them.”

Agustín López Canino, blogger and freelance journalist, highlighted the role of various organizations and projects within civil society to convey knowledge, using forums, workshops, conferences and other spaces “of vital importance,” which only require a careful attention of those present, so that from their families, communities and frequented circles, they disseminate what they learned.

In response to a controversial debate about the popular discontent over state management and the fear than many profess about saying or doing anything about it, Rodiles pointed out that they need to connect with people and tell them, “look at what’s going on, if you’re afraid and don’t want to protest, at least stop supporting the regime.”

The workshop highlighted the role of the #TodosMarchamos (We All March)), with the participation of the Ladies in White and the Patriotic Union of Cuban (UNPACU) as cornerstones in the demand for an Amnesty Law and the release of political prisoners, among other actions to achieve a true state of law in Cuba.

Workshop participants agreed on the need to support fundamental actions to promote economic progress with the active role of the private sector and agreed to prepare a document for dissemination and analysis.

Email for Arturo Rojas Rodriguez: leylia815@gmail.com

Declaration on the Cuban Migrant Crisis / Forum for Rights and Freedoms

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Forum for Rights and Freedoms, 23 November 2015 — In recent weeks we have observed, with deep concern, the development of a new migration crisis. The human drama that thousands of Cubans are experiencing already affects the entire Central American region, the Caribbean, and especially Costa Rica, a nation that has received migrants with great solidarity, in contrast to the complicity of Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua.

The Castro regime has decided, once again – we recall the Camarioca exodus in 1965, the Mariel Boatlift in the 1980s, the Rafter Crisis in 1994 – to use Cubans as pieces in their political game, putting at risk their lives and safety. Denunciations of abuse, assaults and every kind of crime against Cuban emigrants has elicited the solidarity of all people of goodwill.

Since coming the Castro dictatorship’s coming to power, the regime has used migratory crises to win concessions from the United States. Continue reading “Declaration on the Cuban Migrant Crisis / Forum for Rights and Freedoms”

In this case, the regime is pressuring the United States, and involving third parties, in the midst of a process of normalization between the Obama administration and the dictatorship, to win additional concessions from president Obama, without having to take steps to improve the appalling situation of human rights in Cuba.

We condemn the profound contempt, and the indolent and inhumane attitude of the dictatorship towards Cubans. Only a transition to democracy and respect for fundamental rights and freedoms can reverse the misery that exists on the island.

We appeal to international organizations and those involved to be in solidarity with the Cuban people and their right to be free, in the face of his scenario that becomes more complex every day.

Foro por los Derechos y Libertades / Forum for Rights and Freedoms
Ailer González, Estado de Sats
Ángel Moya, Movimiento Libertad Democrática por Cuba
Ángel Santiesteban, Estado de Sats
Antonio G. Rodiles, Estado de Sats
Berta Soler, Dama de Blanco
Claudio Fuentes, Estado de Sats
Egberto Escobedo, Asociación de presos y expresos políticos en Cuba
María Cristina Labrada, Dama de Blanco
Raul Borges, Partido por la Unidad Democrática Cristiana

Other signers
Frank Calzon, Center for a Free Cuba
Lincoln Díaz-Balart, El Instituto La Rosa Blanca
Orlando Gutiérrez Boronat, Directorio Democrático Cubano

Cuban Police Arrest More Than 220 Dissidents, According To Activists / Hablemos Press, Roberto de Jesús Guerra

The most arrests took place on Sunday in Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba
The most arrests took place on Sunday in Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba

Hablemos Press, Roberto de Jesús Guerra Peréz, Havana, 29 June 2015 — Offices of the National Police, the Department of State Security, and other members of the Interior Ministry arrested at least 226 Cuban activists and dissidents this past Sunday, 28 June, 2015.

Police operations were carried out in various provinces of the country to keep activists and opposition members from attending Mass.

Among those arrested in Havana were Berta Soler, leader of the Ladies in White Movement, Antonio G. Rodiles, director of Estado de SATS; José Díaz, of Opponents for a New Republic Movement; photographer Claudio Fuentes; and several of the former political prisoners who were released in January 2015. Continue reading “Cuban Police Arrest More Than 220 Dissidents, According To Activists / Hablemos Press, Roberto de Jesús Guerra”

In Havana, the arrests of various members of the Ladies in White and others of the opposition took place as these individuals were departing their residences early in the morning, and they remained surrounded by police officers throughout the day.

Besides Soler, Ladies in White executive committee members María Cristina Labrada Barona and Lismeri Quintana Ávila were among these detainees, along with eight other women.

Another 39 arrests of women activists took place in the area around Santa Rita Church, after the women completed their customary march along 5th Avenue in the Miramar district of Playa municipality, and gathered in Gandhi Park (adjacent to the church) to review the week’s activities. In addition, approximately another 41 activists and opponents–men who accompany the Ladies on their march–were arrested in the capital.

2Algunos de los activistas y opositoresDozens of Interior Ministry agents blocked the streets around St. Rita Church to arrest the Ladies and other dissidents, according to the activists.

The Lady in White Aidé Gallardo Salazar was struck and dragged by female officers. “They hit me on the head and face, and they tried to asphyxiate me,” Gallardo averred.

Other arrests of Ladies in White occurred in these provinces: Holguín (4); Bayamo-Granma (2); and Aguada de Pasajero in Cienfuegos (9). In the last province, additionally, “17 men who accompanied the Ladies were arrested,” according to activist and former political prisoner Iván Hernández Carrillo.

The independent reporter Agustín López Canino also was arrested upon exiting his home in the El Globo district, located on the outskirts of Havana.

“I will continue going there to St. Rita for as long as they’ll let me,” said López Canino when interviewed. “What I do is take down the facts and forward them to various media.”

He adds that, “The repression against the opposition movement has increased extraordinarily within the last six months and cannot be allowed to go on without attention focused on it.”

The former political prisoners Ramón Alejandro Muñoz, Eugenio Hernández Hernández, Ángel Figueredo Castellón, Mario Alberto Hernández, and Rolando Reyes Rabanal were also arrested in Havana.

The Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU), headquartered in Santiago de Cuba, reported the arrests of 103 of its members when they attempted to travel to the village of El Cobre to attend Mass.

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The agents used violence to detain the opponents, who were transported to police stations and military bases, according to activist sources.

Ladies in White affirm that, “The regime wants to destroy the opposition, but we are prepared to give our lives for the freedom of the political prisoners,” stated Ibón Lemos y Mayelín Peña.

Soler attests that the repression increased 11 Sundays ago, ever since the Ladies in White initiated a new campaign to demand the release of political prisoners, among them: the writer Ángel Santiesteban Prats, the artist Danilo Maldonado Machado (“El Sexto”); and the dissidents Santiago Roberto Montes de Oca, René Rouco Machín, Osvaldo Rodríguez Acosta, Yosvani Melchor Rodríguez, Rolando Joaquín Guerra Pérez, Eugenio Ariel Arzuaga Peña, Yoelkis Rosabal–in total, more than 50 individuals.

The reports received at Hablemos Press included figures totaling 226 opponents arrested across the Island on Sunday, although the actual number may be greater.

Translated By: Alicia Barraqué Ellison

More than 70 Ladies in White and Activists Arrested / Diario de Cuba

Ladies in White in front of Santa Rita Church on a previous Sunday (fhrcuba)
Ladies in White in front of Santa Rita Church on a previous Sunday (fhrcuba)

Diario de Cuba, Havana, 7 June 2015 – Over 40 Ladies in White and some 27 activists were arrested this Sunday, the ninth of repressive operations in Havana, according to dissidents.

Among those arrested were the musician Gorki Aguila, the director of Estado de Sats, Antonio Rodiles, photographer Claudio Fuentes and artist Tania Bruguera, who has already been released, according to the activist Ailer Gonzalez.

Other Ladies in White and opponents were arrested on leaving their homes, or forced to remain in them, according to the dissident Martha Beatriz Roque. Continue reading “More than 70 Ladies in White and Activists Arrested / Diario de Cuba”

Gonzalez, artistic director of State of Sats, said she was able to talk with Antonio Rodiles when he was led into a State Security “paddy wagon,”, along with nine other men, and taken to the criminal prosecution center known as “Vivac.”

“He told me that his arrest had been violent and that they had put him in a chokehold,” she told Diario de Cuba.

Given the continued repression against the Ladies in White and the activists who support them when they attend Sunday Mass at Havana’s Santa Rita Church and undertake their walks down Quinta Avenue, supporters inside and outside the island carried out a campaign on Twitter using the hashtag #TodosMarchamos (We All March).

The initiative seeks to break the silence on the current repression in Cuba despite the regime’s negotiations with the United States and the European Union.

“This is a resistance,” said Ailer Gonzalez about the activities of the Ladies in White and dissidents every Sunday. “Many believe it is exhausting, but it seems to me that it is about the right to demonstrate, not only for the release of political prisoners,” she added.

“With this resistance every Sunday we are demanding the right to peaceful demonstration in Cuba, which is something that they (the government) are terrified of. Therefore they are engaged in this sustained repression, because the day they let us walk more than 10 blocks, they know how many people are going to join in,” she said.

Alarming Repression Against the Ladies in White in Cuba / Forum for Rights and Freedoms

Cuba_031-300x168The repression against the Ladies in White, opposition activists and human rights defenders in Cuba, that we have seen during the last couple of weeks is alarming. The increase of violence from the authorities has come as a result from the exercise of the right to public protests and from the public exposure of the faces of political prisoners. Beatings, physical abuse and various types of torture have become routine. In only a few weeks, the numbers of arrests have skyrocketed and they now exceed several hundred.

The Forum for Rights and Freedoms and Civil Rights Defenders raise a warning regarding the deteriorating situation for human rights defenders in Cuba, and we note with great concern the indifference of the international community, especially from the US government, the EU and the Vatican, of which the latter played an active role in the talks between the Cuban government and the US administration.

The current actions by the Cuban government are a response to the silence of the international community. Continue reading “Alarming Repression Against the Ladies in White in Cuba / Forum for Rights and Freedoms”

In accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – of which Cuba is a signatory – the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights – which the government of Raul Castro has signed but not ratified – and, as the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Maina Kiai has recently explained clearly in his final report; states shall ensure the full exercise of freedom of assembly, association and peaceful demonstration.

The Forum for Rights and Freedoms and Civil Rights Defenders call on the international community to act against the dangers that Cuban human rights defenders are facing. It is time for the American and European governments, usually eager to improve their relations with the Cuban government, to use their influence and speak out against the worsening violations of human rights in Cuba.

Antonio G. Rodiles, Coordinating Committee, Forum for Rights and Freedoms
Erik Jennische, Programme Director for Latin America, Civil Rigths Defenders

For more information on the repression against Damas de Blanco/Ladies in White on April 26 2015, follow the link

Estado de Sats… for our Spanish-speaking viewers

Unfortunately we do not have the resources to translate and subtitle all the wonderful videos coming out of Estado de Sats and the Forum for Rights and Freedom, but for our many readers who do understand spoken Spanish, we just wanted to remind you they are there.

This particular video is a discussion of the Americas Summit in Panama.

The Estado de Sats YouTube channel is here.

29 April 2015

Post Summit Debate / 14ymedio

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14ymedio bigger14ymedio, 17 April 2105 – This Friday morning, the Forum for Rights and Freedoms convened a group of activists to a meeting under the title After the Summit in Panama, what next?  The event took place at the home of Antonio González Rodiles, director of the opposition group Estado de Sats.

About 70 attendees heard testimony from Berta Soler, Jorge Luis Garcia Perez Antunez, Gorki Águila, Roberto de Jesús Guerra and other activists who participated in the Civil Society Forum during the recently concluded Seventh Summit of the Americas in Panama.

The discussions addressed issues related to the restoration of relations between Cuba and the United States and on the actions taken by the representatives of civil society sent to Panama by the Cuban government.

Antonio Rodiles interview: “Truth is on the side of the opposition” / Cubanet, Ernesto Perez Chang

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cubanet square logoCubanet, Ernesto Perez Chang, Havana, 9 April 2015 – The discussion parallel to the Panama Summit (Summit of the Americas) lacks the presence of Antonio G. Rodiles, because the Cuban government, very “opportunistically,” has retained his passport.

A recognized opposition activist and director of the Estado de Sats (State of Sats) civic project, this talkative, jovial, controversial man who was young athlete, doctor of science and professor at prestigious universities in the United States, one day decided to leave the comfort of academic life to return to Cuba and challenge the regime, building, in his own home, a space for public debate as an alternative to the stagnation that affects Cuban society. Continue reading “Antonio Rodiles interview: “Truth is on the side of the opposition” / Cubanet, Ernesto Perez Chang”

The announcement of the conversations between the governments of the Cuba and the United States has generated different positions among the Cuban dissidence. The opinions of Antonio G. Rodiles in a certain way deviate from those of the rest of the opponents, calling attention to those things that should be paramount at the dialog table where many do not feel represented.

“From my point of view,” warns Rodiles, “is very illogical to accept a path where there is no clear request to the regime in Havana. We all know that the principal objective of the regime is to maintain itself in power. They cannot maintain it much longer because this elite is going to die of natural causes and clearly they are working for the transfer of power to their family. (…)

“If the international community (…) allows them to make this transition without asking anything in return it is going to be happiness for them, and anguish for us Cubans (…). Our position has been made clear against a political process, we are peaceful fighters and we believe the solution for Cuba has to be a peaceful and a political one but this must be through a clearly defined process, there must be transparency, which was not what happened (…).

“It is clear that in a negotiation process not everything is going to be said, not all points are going to be put on the table, but at least the line and the logic of what you want to accomplish should be, and so far we have not seen that Cubans’ civil and political rights are the end point of this conversation, and this is what overwhelmingly concerns us.”

Although the constant dedication of the Estado de Sats project consumes a great part of his social and family life, Antonio G. Rodiles – who affirms that he grew up “hearing the Voice of America and Radio Marti,” and without hearing “that Fidel and Raul Castro were heroes,” despite being the nephew of one of Raul Castro’s trusted confidants – agreed to meet with us, for hours, to talk about what we wanted to know about his past, his obsessions, his personal perspectives on a democratic future, and even his daily life, shaped by a sense of commitment to his ideas and with respect for dialogue, qualities that have made him a true leader for a good part of the opposition within and outside Cuba.

Video below is in Spanish

Forum for Rights and Freedoms / Estado de Sats (see endnote)

Announcements made by United States President Barack Obama and his administration have sparked an intense controversy about the Cuban conflict. Many opponents and civil society activists, within the island and in exile, have lamented, especially, the lack of transparency and the unilateral and unconditional nature of the new measures.

It is indisputable and indispensable that Cubans be primarily responsible for the fate of our nation, but we also expect an effective commitment from the democratic community to the defense of fundamental freedoms and the establishment of the Rule of Law in Cuba.

We who experience daily the violations of the Cuban regime and those who from exile have suffered and are suffering the totalitarianism in their home country, are key players in a process of transition. To ignore many of our voices and to act from a single view of the problem, undermines objectivity and endangers any political dialogue.

We are faced with two options. First, to accept the mutation of the regime to an authoritarian capitalism, wherein Cubans will have to resign themselves to pittances, while the heirs of the Castro regime dispose of our rights and wealth. Second, to demand concrete and measurable changes that will lead to the formation of a true democracy.

The demand to restore our freedoms is a prerequisite for a successful political transition. Over these long 56 years of the dictatorship of a single party, there have been multiple demands from activists and the opposition who have called for the full exercise of those freedoms inherent to human beings, and they have paid a high price for these demands. Continue reading “Forum for Rights and Freedoms / Estado de Sats (see endnote)”

The violation of fundamental rights in our country is validated by the current legal system. We therefore consider that the ratification and above all the legal implementation of the United Nations Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, with their optional protocols, is a key tool as a precondition and roadmap to solve the Cuban conflict. Equally, the rules of the International Labour Organization give us a precise guide as to how to work on the legal system of labor issues and trade union freedoms.

We hope that Latin American countries, the European Union, Canada, the Holy See and the United States, as important political actors in the Cuban situation, join us in this reasonable and urgent demand. We have taken as a reference the partnership agreement signed between the European Union and Central America in 2012, with a clear emphasis on respect for human rights and the promotion of democracy.

Upon ratification of these agreements we propose the following Roadmap to ensure the effective and prompt implementation of the commitments agreed to:

  • Immediate release and cancellation of sentences all political prisoners (Amnesty decreed)
  • With regards to the Constitution, laws, regulations, procedures and administrative practices: repeal of all those articles that violate the International Covenants and relate to the freedoms of expression, association and trade unions, assembly, movement, conscience and religion, economic and cultural. Establish full guarantees for the exercise of those freedoms
  • With regards to the Penal Code: elimination of the concept of pre-criminal dangerousness, as well as all rules that can contribute to arrests, arbitrary detentions and acts of harassment in violation of agreements made
  • Restoration of judicial and constitutional guarantees to the right of due process
  • New Law of Association that includes a multiparty system and guarantees for the freedom of assembly. With regards to trade union rights it must take into account the standards set by the ILO
  • New Media Law that guarantees freedom of expression and the free flow of information
  • New election law (Restoration of National Sovereignty)

We believe that every step must be conditioned on the progress of the roadmap mentioned above, based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Our ultimate goal is to move to a true democracy with political pluralism, judicial independence, freedom and human rights. Where Cubans can through consultation and free and transparent elections, as well as the realization of a constituent assembly, define the destiny of our nation.

All genuine actors of the opposition and civil society, through their projects and demands, within the island and in exile, have to be an active part of any process that seeks a solution to the Cuban conflict.

At stake is the very future of the nation. We exercise the great responsibility that is ours.

Note: The Forum does belong to Estado de Sats (State of Sats). Those signing this Roadmap are artists, journalists, academics, trade unionists and opponents of various groups within the island and in exile.

Signatures are still being accepted:

  1. Ada María López Canino
  2. Adelma Guerra
  3. Adis Niria Dallet Argüelles
  4. Adnaloy Rodríguez Díaz
  5. Adonis Salgado Pérez
  6. Adrian Perez Mendoza
  7. Agustín López canino
  8. Aida Norma Roque
  9. Aidé Gallardo Salazar
  10. Ailer González Mena
  11. Alberto Sanchez Martiatu
  12. Alejandro Raga
  13. Alejandro Garcia Arias
  14. Alexis Pérez Lescailles
  15. Alexis Jardines
  16. Alfredo Guillermo Rodríguez
  17. Alina Brouwer
  18. Alina de la C García
  19. Aliuska Gómez García
  20. Amelia Suarez Naranjo
  21. Ana Torricella Morales
  22. Anay Peñalver Subit
  23. Andrés Pérez Suarez
  24. Ángel De Fana
  25. Ángel Luis Díaz
  26. Ángel Luis Martín
  27. Ángel Moya Acosta
  28. Ángel Santiesteban Prats
  29. Anislay Escalona Polo
  30. Antonio G. Rodiles
  31. Arelis Blanco Coello
  32. Arelis Rodríguez Silva
  33. Ariadna Mena Rubio
  34. Ariel Gonzalez Cuevas
  35. Ariobel Castillo Villalba
  36. Armando Abascal Serrano
  37. Armando Peraza Hernández
  38. Bárbara Rodríguez Vizcaíno
  39. Barbara Viera Rodriguez
  40. Benito Fojaco Iser
  41. Berta Soler Fernández
  42. Borris Larramendi
  43. Camilo Ernesto Olivera Peidro
  44. Caridad Ramírez
  45. Caridad Valdés Soriano
  46. Carlos Lázaro Tamayo Frías
  47. Carlos M Figueroa Álvarez
  48. Carlos M Hernández
  49. Carlos Manuel Figueroa
  50. Carlos Orlando Olivera Martinez
  51. Carlos Rodríguez Seruto
  52. Cecilia Guerra Alfonso
  53. Claudio Fuentes Madan
  54. Cristina Xiomara Duques
  55. Dairon Moisés Torre Paz
  56. Dairy Coello Basulto
  57. Daisy Artiles del Sol
  58. Damaris Reve Rodríguez
  59. Damarys Moya Portieles
  60. Damián Albert Suviaut
  61. Danai López Perdomo
  62. Danaise Muños López
  63. Dandy Lazo
  64. David Águila Montero
  65. Delises González Borrego
  66. Digna Rodriguez Ibanez
  67. Duvier Blanco Acosta
  68. Edely Orlando Suarez
  69. Eduardo González Molina
  70. Eduardo Marcos Pacheco Ortiz
  71. Egberto Ángel Escobedo Morales
  72. Elena Larrinaga
  73. Elías Amor
  74. Enrico M. Santí
  75. Enrique Díaz Rodríguez
  76. Enrique Martínez Marín
  77. Enrique Rafael Valido
  78. Eralidis Frometa Polanco
  79. Ernesto Gutiérrez
  80. Ernesto Fonseca Garcia
  81. Ernesto Hernandez Busto
  82. Esteban Ajetes Abascal
  83. Eugenia Díaz Hernández
  84. Eugenio Hernández Hernández
  85. Evelin Pineda Concepción
  86. Félix Navarro
  87. Félix Perez Palenzuela
  88. Francisco Rangel Manzano
  89. Francisco Valido
  90. Frank Calzón
  91. Frank Cosme Valdés
  92. Gisela Sánchez Baños
  93. Gladis Capote Roque
  94. Gloria Samper Oliva
  95. Gorki Águila
  96. Guillermo Fariñas Hernández
  97. Guillermo García V
  98. Gustavo Garabito Gómez
  99. Haymee Moya Montes de Oca
  100. Hugo Damian Prieto Blanco
  101. Igdariz Pérez Ponciano
  102. Ignacio Blanco Jimenez
  103. Iris Quindelan
  104. Iván Founier Costa
  105. Ivonne de las Mercedes Abreu
  106. Jaime Suchlicki
  107. Jaqueline Bone Hechevarria
  108. Jaqueline Cutiño Leite
  109. Jeovani Díaz López
  110. Jesús Aristides Hernandez Pérez
  111. Joel Brito
  112. Jordanca Borquinelis
  113. Jorge Enrique Carbonell
  114. Jorge Luis Artiles Montiel
  115. Jorge Luis García Ostia
  116. Jorge Luis Romero Becerra
  117. Jorge Luis Trujillo González
  118. Jorge Olivera Castillo
  119. Jorge Rodríguez Rivero
  120. José Agustín Benítez López
  121. José Azel
  122. Jose G. Ramón Castillo
  123. José Díaz silva
  124. José Hernandez Lopez
  125. José Ignacio Brito
  126. José Luis León Pérez
  127. José Ramón Polo Borges
  128. José Raúl Rodriguez Rangel
  129. Juan Alberto de la Nuez Ramirez
  130. Juan Antonio Blanco
  131. Juan Carlos Linares Balmaseda
  132. Juan González Febles
  133. Juan Manuel Lora Vidal
  134. Julia Herrera Roque
  135. Julio Aleaga Pesant
  136. Julio Antonio Ramírez
  137. Julio Herrera Roque
  138. Julio Rojas Portal
  139. Kessell Rodríguez Rodríguez
  140. Kirenia Molina
  141. Laritza Olivares Dinza
  142. Laudelina Alcalde García
  143. Laura Marante
  144. Laura Marante Delgado
  145. Lazara B. Sendiña Recalde
  146. Lazara M Borrego Guzmán
  147. Lázaro Díaz Sánchez
  148. Lazaro Mendoza Garcia
  149. Lázaro Fresneda Fernández
  150. Lázaro Luis Ruíz Hechevarria
  151. Lázaro R Armenteros Martorel
  152. Lázaro Yosvani Montesino
  153. Lázaro Yuri Valle Roca
  154. León Padrón Azcui
  155. Liset Naranjo
  156. Lismeirys Quintana Ávila
  157. Livan Serafín
  158. Lourdes Esquivel
  159. Lucia Molina Villegas
  160. Lucinda González Gómez
  161. Luis Alberto Cruz Silva
  162. Luis Bárbaro Ortega Avenza
  163. Luis Cino Álvarez
  164. Luis Enrique Labrador Díaz
  165. Luis Jesús Gutiérrez Campos
  166. Luisa R Toscano
  167. Maikel Norton Cordero
  168. Mailen González González
  169. Manuel Aguirre Labarrere
  170. Marcelino Lorenzo Fernández
  171. Margarita Rodríguez Díaz
  172. María Acon Sardiñas
  173. María cristina Labrada Varona
  174. María Josefa Sardiñas
  175. María Rosa Rodríguez Molina
  176. Marislaidys Sánchez Vargas
  177. Maritza concepción Salmiento
  178. Mark Alonso Parada
  179. Marta Belquis Rodríguez González
  180. Mayelin Peña Bullain
  181. Mayelin Santiesteban López
  182. Maylin González González
  183. Melvia Aguilera
  184. Mercedes Pérez
  185. Merenis Herry García
  186. Mijail Bonito
  187. Miguel Ángel Tamayo Frías
  188. Miguel Daniel Borroto Vázquez
  189. Miguel Farinas Quey
  190. Mista Ricardo Torres
  191. Nelson Rodríguez Chartrand
  192. Nilo Gilbert Arencibia
  193. Noelvis León López
  194. O Díaz Becerra
  195. Odelin Alfonso torna
  196. Olaida del Castillo Trujillo
  197. Olga Lidia Torres iglesias
  198. Omar Suarez Campo
  199. Orlando Rodriguez Rodriguez
  200. Orlando Villar de Armas
  201. Oscar Luis Milian Reinoso
  202. Oslien Noda Fonseca
  203. Osmal Laffita Rojas
  204. Osmani Díaz Cristo
  205. Oylin Hernández Rodríguez
  206. Paulino Estévez Jiménez
  207. Pedro Fontanal Miranda
  208. Pedro Roig
  209. Quirenia Díaz Argüelles
  210. Rachel Gamboa Campos
  211. Rafael Hernández Blanco
  212. Rafael Rodríguez Rivero
  213. Raisel Rodríguez Rivero
  214. Ramon Alejandro Munoz Gonzalez
  215. Ramón Jiménez Arencibia
  216. Ramón Mor Hernández
  217. Ramon Zamoza Rodriguez
  218. Raquel María Rodríguez Morejón
  219. Raúl Borges Álvarez
  220. Regla Ríos Casado
  221. Reinaldo Figueros
  222. Reinaldo Martínez
  223. Roberto Arsenio López Ramos
  224. Roberto Pupo Tejeda
  225. Rogelio Fabio Hurtado Rodríguez
  226. Rolando Ferrer Espinosa
  227. Rolando Reyes Rabanal
  228. Rolando Rodríguez Rivero
  229. Ronny Gámez Luna
  230. Rosalinda Visiedo Gómez
  231. Roxilene Sotolongo Cruz
  232. Saúl González
  233. Santiago Jordan Rios
  234. Sebastian Arcos
  235. Serafín Moran Santiago
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  237. Sergio Girat Estrada
  238. Smith Cantillo Pérez
  239. Sodrelis Torruella Poncio
  240. Sonia Álvarez Campello
  241. Sonia Garro Alfonso
  242. Stewe Maikel Pardo Valdez
  243. Tamara Rodríguez Quesada
  244. Ubaldo Herrero Hernández
  245. Vicente Campanioni
  246. Vicente Sebastián Borges
  247. Virgen Coello Basulto
  248. Vladimir Ortiz Suarez
  249. Vladimir Turru Paez
  250. Xiomara de las M Cruz Miranda
  251. Yadelys Montano León
  252. Yaimel Rodríguez Arroyo
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  254. Yamile Garro Alfonso
  255. Yamile Naranjo
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  257. Yanisel Bosa Garrido
  258. Yanitza Estrada Liranza
  259. Yasil Fernández Denis
  260. Yasmani Barroso Bergolla
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  262. Yasmani Cuesta González
  263. Yelky Páez Rodríguez
  264. Yeniset Aguilera
  265. Yoan Guzmán Díaz
  266. Yoisy Jaramillo Sánchez
  267. Yolanda Santana Ayala
  268. Yoraida Peña Padilla
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  270. Yuleidis Ortiz
  271. Yuliet Margarita Rodríguez Báez
  272. Yulinne Tamayo Frías
  273. Yuneisis Coto Casino
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  275. Yuniset Amores Aguilera
  276. Yurineisi Alemán
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  281. Zulema Lay

Campaign for Another Cuba Delivers Request to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

Antonio Rodiles delivers Campaign for Another Cuba documents to Ban Ki-moon
Antonio Rodiles delivers Campaign for Another Cuba documents to Ban Ki-moon

The director of the independent project Estado de Sats, Antonio Rodiles, delivered documents for the Campaña por Otra Cuba (Campaign for Another Cuba) to the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon this Wednesday in Costa Rica. The Campaign demands that the Cuban regime ratify and implement the Covenants on Civil and Political Rights and on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights signed by the regime at the United Nations in 2008.

The meeting between Rodiles and Ban took place at the National Theater, where the UN Secretary-General was attending a dinner with the with the president of Costa Rica Luis Guillermo Solís and his wife Mercedes Peñas, according to activists of the Campaña por Otra Cuba.

They added that Ban received the documents “with interest.”

During his visit to the Island last January, during the Second Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), Ban called on Raul Castro to ratify the Covenants.

Complaint and Petition

The activists of campaign, on the other hand, have asked that the implementation of the human rights covenants to be included in the current negotiations between the European Union and Havana for a bilateral agreement.

Campaña por Otra also promotes the use of legal action of complaint and petition on the part of Cuban citizens, as a way of demanding a response from their government

“Cuban citizens can file the complaint and petition the State Council, either personally or by certified mail. Those who reside outside the Island can also participate in the campaign by directing their complaint to the nearest Cuban Consulate,” activists explained in a note sent to Diario de Cuba.

Interested parties can use a model complaint and petition posted online by the campaign in PDF format.

Activists who have submitted a demand to the regime can also send a copy to info@porotracuba.org.

Mailing address for the campaign:
Por otra Cuba
www.estadodesats.org
Estado de SATS
La Habana 11300
Cuba

31 July 2104

A Light for My Loved Ones / Estado de Sats

Una luz por los míos” / Collective Action

To all Cubans

July 13 marks the 20th anniversay of the 13th-of-March* tugboat crime against a boat that carried 72 Cubans, sunk by the Cuban regime off the Havana Bay to prevent their escaping to the United States coast. This criminal action cost the lives of 41 people, among them 10 children.

The collective action “A light for my loved ones” will be a tribute to the victims of the 13th-of-March tugboat and to all Cubans who have lost their lives in the sea, trying to escape a suffocating realitythat has lasted for 54 years. It is also a tribute to the Cuban family and a call to hope and the spiritual rebuilding of our nation.

On July 12, at dusk on the eve ofthis anniversary, Cubans, wherever you are in the world, take a candle to the sea, a bridge, a lake, a river, your doorway, balcony, or in the privacy of your home (in case repression in Cuba is doubled on this date).

Given the disconnection of Cuba from the world, Cubans who live abroad can help to promote this symbolic action, inviting families and friends on the island to participate and sharing, in turn, photos and images of the tribute on social networks.

Let’s light this candle on 12 July to remember a friend, a family member, who didn’t make it, a child who never appeared.

A candle as a complaint.

A candle against forgetfulness.

A candle for the future.

A light for my loved ones.

*Translator’s note: The tugboat was named after the day in 1957 when students launched an attack on the presidential palace in Havana.

State Security Summons Estado de Sats Members to “Warn” Them About “For Another Cuba” Graffiti

Campaign for Another Cuba. Graffiti Collective, #WeWantItNow, June 8 at 10 am, Wherever you are!!! For the ratification of the UN covenants/ (Estado de Sats)

Several members of Estado de Sats were summoned by State Security to a Havana police station this Saturday, to “warn” them about the Grafiti Colectivo Por otra Cuba, organized by the independent project for this Sunday, to support the campaign demanding that the Government ratify the United Nations covenants that it signed in 2008.

“They wanted (…) to threaten us, as always, and to say that they would not allow any type of action,” the visual artist Lía Villares told Diario de Cuba.

“I told them it was an international action, a global movement in support of the campaign, and that they couldn’t prevent what was happening in different parts of the world,” she added. Continue reading “State Security Summons Estado de Sats Members to “Warn” Them About “For Another Cuba” Graffiti”

Two years since the start of the campaign, Estado de Sats has proposed “simultaneous and collective graffiti,” within and outside Cuba, of the For Another Cuba logo, created by the graphic artist and caricaturist Gustavo Rodríguez (Garrincha).

Also “to document the actions and post photos and videos on social networks, to make this ’collective graffiti’ a media success in support of the message For Another Cuba.”

In addition to Villares, also summoned were the photographer Claudio Fuentes, the writer and independent journalist Camilo Ernesto Olivera, and the activist Dixán Romero, who did not appear because of irregularities in the summonses.

“I went out wearing a shirt with the campaign logo and they were so upset, evidently so disturbed, that they talked to the logo, not to me,” related Villares, who was “warned” by two officials.

“I asked them why they don’t combat corruption, delinquency, why a person like myself sitting there at three o’clock on a Saturday afternoon (…) why they were doing this work while the country was falling apart. But that didn’t interest them, they wanted to deliver their threatening and intimidating message,” she added.

The Campaign for Another Cuba demands that Havana ratify the United Nations covenants on civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights.

Diario de Cuba, 8 June 2014