In light of the meetings that the European Union will hold this month to debate its relations with Cuba, the Christian Liberation Movement (MCL) has sent the following appeal from Cuba, in which they ask that at these meetings, the reality of the Cuban people be taken into account and not just the perspective of the Cuban authorities. There is an appeal on the part of the Cuban people that must be taken into consideration and which does not represent the official position of the government authorities.
It asks for two things:
1. The recognition of the manifesto “Unity for Freedom,” which contains the common principles and objectives of almost all of the representatives of organizations from the peaceful democratic opposition in Cuba.
2. The call for the liberation of all Cuban political prisoners who are imprisoned for peacefully promoting, defending, and exercising universally recognized human rights.
To the European Commission
With regards to the meeting of the European Commission that will take place in June of this year in which the topic of the relationship between our countries will be discussed, we present to you the manifesto Unity for Freedom. This document contains the common principles and objectives of almost all of the representatives of organizations from the peaceful democratic opposition in Cuba. For this reason, although we do not speak on behalf of those who have signed it, the Christian Liberation Movement calls upon the European Union to support this document and to take it as a reference from which to orient its relationship with Cuba.
Our movement believes that it should be a priority of the European Union to continue to demand for the liberation of all of the Cuban political prisoners who are in prison for peacefully promoting, defending and exercising their universally recognized human rights and supporting the right of our people to democratic change and to respect for the “right of Cubans to have all of their rights,” as it is expressed in that manifesto of unity.
We send you our fraternal greetings.
Oswaldo José Payá Sardiñas
Minervo Lázaro Chil Siret
In the name of the Christian Liberation Movement