Contact: Francisco De Armas
International Representative, Christian Liberation Movement
(787) 549 1805
APPEAL FOR THE LIBERATION OF PEACEFUL POLITICAL PRISONERS
Havana, February 1, 2007- On November 9, we released the resolution proposal entitled, “The Need for the Cuban Government to Liberate the Peaceful Political Prisoners.”
We present this proposal on this date to the majority of the state representations who are members of the United Nations Human Rights Council, with the petition that it be approved and promoted by the Council.
As the next Human Rights Council session approaches, we are returning to present this petition to each one of the government members of the Council, through the distribution of letters sent to your embassies here in Havana, beginning January 29 of this year.
The Human Rights Council has been entrusted by the United Nations to promote and defend human rights around the world, and its members have the responsibility to carry out this mission. The Cuban government occupies a seat on this Council, however, dozens of Cuban are serving sentences in prison for having peacefully exercised and promoted the Human Rights recognized in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
With each passing day, the health of these prisoners deteriorates, and they are confined among similar prisoners to suffer the inhuman conditions of these prisons.
To approve this resolution would not be an action against Cuba, but an action in favor of Cuba, since the Cuban government has already been urged to proceed with the immediate and unconditional liberation of the political prisoners, who have not committed, nor prepared, any violent actions against persons or things. Therefore, the approval of this resolution would be a valuable contribution to justice in Cuba and reconciliation amongst Cubans.
We call upon all parliament and citizens of the member states of the United Nations, especially those who serve on its Human Rights Council, to request that your governments promote, until it is approved by the aforementioned Council, the resolution, “The Need for the Cuban Government to Liberate the Peaceful Political Prisoners.”
Oswaldo José Payá Sardiñas
Coordinator of the Christian Liberation Movement
For more information or to obtain a copy of the press release, please contact: Francisco De Armas, International Representative, Christian Liberation Movement,