The first steps toward Change. Oswaldo Payá
During these times, the alternative to change cannot be continuity of a status quo that Cubans want to change and leave behind. The people’s alternative is a new life, on the way—and to the extent—that Cubans want. Only the Cuban people can express this alternative, and only if they have all the liberty and rights to do so. A voice for the people, their opportunity and their time, and the rights of citizens is what the Varela Project referendum demands and what the Cuban Forum (Foro Cubano) campaign seeks to achieve, without foreign interference or intervention.
United for the Rights of Cubans - Oswaldo Payá and Minervo Lázaro Chil Siret
The immense majority of peaceful democratic activists signed the “Unity for Freedom” document, which is our declaration of unity and a message to the people of Cuba and the world proclaiming “the right of Cubans to their rights.” A variety of initiatives and approaches have developed within the Cuban civic movement while still maintaining the unity of those principles and objectives in “Unity for Freedom,” which do constitute a dignified alternative for Cuba without excluding any Cuban. The Cuban Forum is an ongoing citizen campaign that seeks to reach the goals of “Unity for Freedom,” defining clearly the steps for Cubans take to truly exercise their sovereignty and be able to achieve for themselves the changes that Cubans choose.
Petition: Yes to dialogue with Cuba’s people.
It is high time for a genuine dialogue. When the European Union adopted its common position in 1996 it recognized as much, expressing its will to strengthen its relationship to the Cuban people. It was for this very reason than the common position, defined by the Council in Article J.2 of the European Union, laid down as its primary objective “to favor a process of transition towards a pluralist democracy which respects human rights and fundamental liberties, as well as enables a recovery and steady improvement in the standard of living of the Cuban people.” Disposition to dialogue with Cuban society in its totality was unilaterally broken b y the government of Spain, led by José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, when it decided to put emphasis only on dialogue with Fidel Castro, who refused any reciprocation as long as t he European Community persisted in its support of Cuban civil society.
The Quivicán prison. Oswaldo Payá
José Miguel Martínez Hernández, 40 years of age, is married with two children. His family is Catholic—respected and loved in their community. He is a member of the Christian Liberation Movement (Movimiento Cristiano Liberación—MCL) and one of the prisoners of the Cuban Spring. Miguelito, as he is known, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for that—for spreading hope, for contributing to an opening in the Cuban Spring by working transparently to promote the Varela Project. Miguelito has served time in various prisons throughout Cuba since he was unjustly sentenced and is now in Quivicán Prison. There is not enough space in this article to describe the unhealthy conditions in which prisoners must conduct their essential business, or how the floor is constantly contaminated, or the conditions in which they eat the often repugnant meals prepared as food for prisoners in most of Cuba’s prisons. ”
The health of José Luis García Paneque is feared for. El Nuevo Herald. "Human rights activists and relatives of the political prisoner José Luis García Paneque launched an urgent call to the international community to protect the physical and psychological integrity of the Cuban doctor, member of the Group of 75. García Paneque, condemned to 24 years in prison, co-habits a prison cell with highly dangerous prisoners in the prison of La Mangas, in the eastern province of Granma. According to family testimonies, he is subject to constant persecution and has suffered a number of beatings at the hands of other prisoners."
On the Spanish elections. By Oswaldo Payá.
Recently the PSOE [Spanish Socialist Labor Party] has used Cuba, our pain, and the disadvantage of our people because of the oppression under which we live, for political ends… Their stated ends with that so-called critical dialogue have become a means for partisan politics, instrumentalizing in a generally crude way the Cuban situation. Exhibiting like a trophy what they call achievements—for their political gain—is not faithful to Cubans, nor Spaniards, as the PSOE government and its ally, the IU, know full well that there has not been any compromise nor demonstrated will for positive changes for Cuba."