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Declaration of the Christian Liberation Movement
THE VARELA PROJECT, THE DECLARATION OF THE RIGHTS OF CUBANS
Havana, May 10, 2007- The Cuban Spring began when thousands of Cubans began to say: “I want my rights!” but not only as a legitimate personal aspiration, but also as a united and patriotic demand: “We want rights for all Cubans!”
On May 10, 2002, we presented to the National Assembly of the People’s Power the request for a Referendum on the Varela Project that was supported by more than eleven thousand citizens who, by exercising their constitutional right, were asking for the voice and the rights of all Cubans without exclusion. Those Cubans and the thousands that have signed and continue to sign the Varela Project can be proud of their liberating and united gesture, of inaugurating the way of hope and of opening the Cuban Spring. We do not come to commemorate the past, but to announce the path toward liberation.
This is the Varela Project, alive and current, because it continues to be the legal demand of citizens for the laws to change and to guarantee certain fundamental rights. In this way the people can realize all the necessary transformations to obtain all of their rights and to realize their own project for the new stage of our history, between all Cubans, who live inside or outside of Cuba. The exercise of these rights that we demand, would make the participation of Cubans in the political, economic and social life of our country as free men and women a reality. Many Cubans who with their love for our nation initiated this spring were condemned to unjust imprisonment. They as well as all the peaceful political prisoners deserve the homage and the solidarity of all, because they are in prison only for defending the rights of all Cubans.
The demand for a Referendum on the Varela Project does not need nor accept any interpretations that attribute to it any objective other than those that its own text expresses in a transparent and direct form. We ask and will continue to call for a Referendum that asks the people if they want or do not want changes in the law that would guarantee their rights. We do not ask if the people have or do not have rights, we are proclaiming that they do and we are demanding that the people be given their voice so that they can make declarations in a sovereign and civic manner with regards to their life and their future.
Every Cuban reflecting on the sentiment of millions wonders:
Why can’t I speak and express myself freely and say that I think differently than the government without being suppressed, if they say that we are in a democracy?
Why does the daily routine of making ends meet turn into a crime?
Why can’t I travel abroad freely?
Why can’t I live in any part of my Homeland, if I am Cuban?
Why can a foreigner own a company in Cuba and I as a Cuban can not?
Why if so many of us think differently is there no representative in the National Assembly who thinks differently and expresses it?
Why isn’t my salary enough to feed my family while there is a privileged leadership that lives like the rich?
And every Cuban can make an endless list of “why the deprivations and repressions?” knowing that they do not have a just explanation. Because there is no justification to deny the rights of citizens and much less so in the name of justice and the defense of sovereignty. Because precisely when they deny the rights of individuals, the injustice is established and now the people cannot exercise their sovereignty, because they can not choose and they can not make decisions in their life.
The denial of these rights has no justification but it does have a solution. And the peaceful solution, the solution between Cubans, without interventions or foreign interferences, the solution in reconciliation without hate or violence, the solution that takes us to peace and freedom, is the solution with all and for the good of all. It is the solution without exclusions, that which can be achieved if those who govern recognize the rights of Cubans and transform the laws so that they are guaranteed. But above all we will reach the solution if all Cubans demand these changes to the law and this Referendum that the Varela Project asks for.
For opening the path to achieving all these rights, the Varela Project is a declaration of the rights of Cubans and that is why, like the poet’s saying, the Varela Project is like a felled tree that sprouts and with it flourishes the Cuban Spring. Hope is reborn because we have Faith and we are determined to take this path.
CHRISTIAN LIBERATION MOVEMENT