Declaration addressed to the Organization of American States and its member States.
Only a few months remain before the Cuban regime will celebrate 60 years in power. Sixty years under the kingdom of the Castro family, an oppressive period which has been disastrous for the Cuban nation.
The internal situation in the island is more precarious every day. The great majority of Cubans live in conditions of a subsistence economy and misery. The nutrition deficit, the situation of housing and infrastructure, health, censorship, control of information and scant levels of connectivity, the corruption added to the lack of economic freedoms, the aging of the population, the grave deterioration of the touted education and health sectors, display a panorama of pauperism and hopelessness.
Regarding human rights, the violations against activists, independent journalists and opposition leaders occur daily, and they are especially shameful as it applies to the repression of women. The regime exercises impunity and punishment as tools to intimidate the rest of society.
Castroism has permanently intervened in the countries of the region, as exemplified by the latest and alarming case of Venezuela. The Castro presence is scandalous, having exported its repressive technology, Machiavellically adapted to the elite in power acting as a parasite upon the wealth of our sister nation.
In this context the permissive position of the region becomes incomprehensible. Only the current U.S. administration under President Trump has exhibited a coherent behavior in applying the brakes to the agenda of legitimization of the regime, as espoused by former President Obama. The current policy has placed the military of the island under scrutiny of sanctions as well as the enterprises that gravitate around the Castro family.
Some countries in the region have in fact condemned, although not with the required firmness, the break with democracy exhibited by the Chavez regime and its violations, but remain silent, however, regarding the foreign intervention by the Cuban dictatorship.
The work of the OAS, under the leadership of its Secretary General Luis Almagro, has taken a favorable turn as compared to previous periods, but its actions are weak, especially facing such a challenging scenario. The case of the Cuban dictatorship exhibits the highest level of incoherence. Sanctions and actions of a greater impact are called for.
In these days, once again, we experience the despotic nature of the regime which has prohibited internal opposition leaders and many activists from the non-official civil society from once again leaving Cuba to participate in the Summit of the Americas. At the same time a large group of false civil society members arrives, a vanguard of puppets, agents and repressors. It is lamentable that there is no condemnation of these excesses from the OAS or its member states.
The Castro clan has begun its generational transfer of power. Family members, minions and cronies redistribute to themselves the choice jobs and controls of the economy to guarantee the dynasty indefinitely.
It is political theater to argue that the dictator will leave power and there will be a new president. It is known that the designee-in-waiting will be a marionette imposed from above. The regime will be the same and we Cubans will remain under a tyranny pitifully accepted by the world.
Cubans need and demand from the region the following positive actions:
• Disavow the Castro dictatorship and its dynastic succession.
• Demand the liberation of political prisoners.
• Accept the Cuban opposition as a legitimate political actor.
• Creating a bloc of countries to exert pressure through economic and political sanctions against the regime.
The OAS should comply with the commitment of its charter, with concrete and firm steps to support the Cuban people in their struggle for freedom and democracy. For as long as Castroism exists the Cuban people will suffer and the situation that Venezuela is living under today will recur throughout the region.
Berta Soler, Ladies in White, Forum for Rights and Freedoms, EU Parliament Sakharov Prize
Guillermo Fariñas, Antitotalitarian Front, EU Parliament Sakharov Prize
Ángel Moya, former political prisoner, Forum for Rights and Freedoms
Antonio G. Rodiles, Estado de Sats, Forum for Rights and Freedoms
Félix Navarro, former political prisoners, Pedro Luis Boitel Party for Democracy
Jorge Luis García “Antúnez”, former political prisoner, National Resistance Front OZT
Eduardo Díaz Fleitas, former political prisoner of the Group of 75
Ailer González, Estado de Sats, Forum for Rights and Freedoms
Gorki Águila, musician, Forum for Rights and Freedoms
María Cristina Labrada, Ladies in White, Forum for Rights and Freedoms
Ángel Santiesteban, writer, Forum for Rights and Freedoms
Raúl Borges, Party for Democratic Christian Unity, Forum for Rights and Freedoms
Juan Alberto de la Nuez, Citizen Reflection and Reconciliation Party
Benito Fojaco, Antitotalitarian United Front
Claudio Fuentes, Estado de Sats, Forum for Rights and Freedoms
Juan González Febles, independent journalist, Digital Spring