Mr. George W. Bush
United States of America
I distract your precious time to express my concerns over the decision
that is expected you would adopt regarding the Cuban government.
I believe that a reinforcement of the measures already imposed by the
United States would be counterproductive because:
- It would be used as pretext to enhance the repression on those who
have overcome fear, and express their ideas, continue informing as
independent journalists, are human rights activists or pacific opponents.
- It would increase the harsh jail conditions endured by the prisoners
of conscience and political prisoners, and the repression on us, wives
- It would augment the hardship of the Cuban people, if the remittances
- Hundreds of thousands of American visiting Cuba could contribute to
the flow of ideas, and the progress of democracy.
- The possible sale of medications and food could demonstrate if in
fact the Cuban government is capable of buying, or if the lack of them is
due to its economic and productive inefficiency.
My husband, Oscar Espinosa Chepe, independent economist and journalist,
was sentenced in a summary trial to 20 years of imprisonment only for
expressing his ideas and proposing measures to overcome the political,
economic and social crisis our homeland faces. He has been sent almost
900 miles from Havana, where we live, to a prison with very bad sanitary
conditions, even though he has a very delicate health due to liver
cirrhosis and other illnesses.
I, as well as the other wives, mothers and relatives of more than 75
persons unjustly incarcerated since March 18, do not rest in our efforts
to obtain the release of our peaceful loved ones, who are under very
I appreciate your attention, and receive my respect and consideration.
Miriam Leiva Viamonte