Caribbean Net News
Wednesday, January 4, 2006
HAVANA, Cuba (AFP): Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya lamented Tuesday that Cuba had reverted to the “darkest days of intolerance and restriction” in 2005, with a renewed rejection of any progress toward a brighter future.
Aside from the denial of basic legal rights, the most “serious and dangerous” phenomenon was the renewed rejection of any progress, Paya said in his annual report on the island’s political climate.
Paya leads the Christian Liberation Movement, which has sought a national dialogue on Cuba’s future.
In the past, it has launched a door-to-door campaign to deliver documents on initiatives for political change, including the Varela Project, which petitioned for a referendum to relax some of the Communist island’s stricter laws.
Paya won the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for human rights in 2002.