Cuba Politics

EU asks Cuba to allow freedom of travel for Oswaldo Paya and Ladies in White

Posted May 11, 2008 by publisher in Cuba Politics.

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Oswaldo Payá:

“The European Parliament calls on the Cuban government to demonstrate its willingness to change by allowing the Ladies in White and myself to present before them the real and current situation of our people.”

“In Cuba, travel is not a right. For years I have been invited to different events, and the mechanisms of the Cuban government do not leave even fingerprints of violation, but the facts remain ... Cubans cannot enter Cuba freely or leave freely; therefore in our state of persecution, we will not put up a facade of normality that some seek to force by talking about changes when there are no rights.”

European Parliament asks Havana to authorize exit of Payá and the Ladies in White

The European parliamentarians call on the EU to support dissidents to “share their proposals” in the international media.

The European Parliament again asked the Cuban regime this Thursday to authorize dissident Oswaldo Payá and the Ladies in White to leave the country to explain in the European Union the situation on the island, EFE reports.

In a report on the human rights situation in the world, the European parliamentarians introduced an amendment in which they reject “vigorously the systematic violence and the repeated acts of harassment” suffered by the Ladies in White, comprised of the women relatives of dissidents imprisoned in the Spring of 2003.

The document calls on Havana to authorize the group, which received the Sakharov Prize from the European Parliament in 2005, to receive the award at one of the institution’s headquarters in Brussels or Strasbourg.

Likewise, it reiterates its request for Oswaldo Payá, who received the same prize in 2002, to be able to receive the prize in one of the institution’s headquarters in Brussels or Strasbourg.

The amendment, presented by the conservative European parliamentarian from Lithuania , Laima Andrikiene,  was approved by hand vote, with the entire report receiving 533 votes in favor, 63 against and 51 abstentions.

The report’s presenter, the Italian Marco Capatto of the Radical Party, called on the EU to support the domestic Cuban dissidents to help them to “share their proposals” in the international media or through tourists who visit the country.


Julio Hernandez, Francisco De Armas
International Representatives, Christian Liberation Movement
+1 (787) 549-1805

Member Comments

On May 11, 2008, publisher wrote:

How about Yoani Sanchez while they’re at it?

On May 12, 2008, manfredz wrote:

although I welcome the changes going on in Cuba, it’s when major changes in human rights occur that i’ll accept that Cuba is undergoing a major shift.
As I’ve often drawn comparisons in the fll of East germany, let me once again draw a comparison.
I rememeber watching hte changes going on in East Germany , but I distictly remember it was when the governement invited the exiled protest singer Wolf Biermann back in to give a concert in his native Leipzig (which was broadcast live on DRR television) that signalled to me that something big was changing.  Hopefully I will soon see something similar in Cuba.