Activists and CADAL Prepare a Forum Parallel to the CELAC Summit in Havana

The Dalai Lama, Yoani Sanchez and others
The Dalai Lama, Yoani Sanchez and others at CADAL’s Forum 20o0: Societies in Transition, held in Prague last September.

The Democracy Bridge Program of the Center for the Opening and Development of Latin America (CADAL) and internal dissidents activists have organized the Second Democratic Forum on International Relations and Human Rights, which they are planning to coincide in Havana with the Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).

The Summit will be held on 28 and 29 January, with the presence of regional leaders.

The Forum, scheduled for the first day, the theme will be: “A special declaration in defense of the  democracy of CELAC and its incompatibility with the one-party political system in Cuba.” The Forum will be co-sponsored by CADAL, headquartered in Argentina, and the opposition Progressive Arch and independent projects Citizens Committee for Racial Integration and New Country.

So far, planning to participate area Gabriel Salvia, director of CADAL; opponents Morúa Manuel Cuesta from the Progressive Arch; Jose Daniel Ferrer, and Guillermo Fariñas, from the Patriotic Union of Cuba, and Berta Soler, leader of the Ladies in White; Juan Antonio Madrazo and Leonardo Calvo, from the Citizens Committee for Racial Integration; the bloggers Yoani Sanchez and Lilian Ruiz; and Baptist pastor Mario Felix Lleonart .

Also planning to participate are: Librado Linares (Cuban Reflection Movement); Veizant Boloy ( Cubalex); Jorge Olivera Castillo and Victor Dominguez (Writers Club); Lilvio Fernández (Cuba United Active Youth); Frank Correa (writer), Fernando Palacios Mogar (Cuban National Liberal Party); Rogelio Sánchez and Fernando Travieso (Democratic Solidarity Party); Wilfredo Vallin (Association of Cuban Jurists); Rafael León (Cuban Democratic Project); and independent journalists Reinaldo Escobar and Julio Aleaga Pesant.

The First Democratic Forum on International Relations and Human Rights was held in Santiago, Chile, on January 24, 2013, prior to the CELAC-EU Summit.


16 January 2013