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    Forum for Rights and Freedoms

    Forum for Rights and Freedoms / Estado de Sats (see endnote)
    Posted on January 17, 2015

    Announcements made by United States President Barack Obama and his
    administration have sparked an intense controversy about the Cuban
    conflict. Many opponents and civil society activists, within the island
    and in exile, have lamented, especially, the lack of transparency and
    the unilateral and unconditional nature of the new measures.

    It is indisputable and indispensable that Cubans be primarily
    responsible for the fate of our nation, but we also expect an effective
    commitment from the democratic community to the defense of fundamental
    freedoms and the establishment of the Rule of Law in Cuba.

    We who experience daily the violations of the Cuban regime and those who
    from exile have suffered and are suffering the totalitarianism in their
    home country, are key players in a process of transition. To ignore many
    of our voices and to act from a single view of the problem, undermines
    objectivity and endangers any political dialogue.

    We are faced with two options. First, to accept the mutation of the
    regime to an authoritarian capitalism, wherein Cubans will have to
    resign themselves to pittances, while the heirs of the Castro regime
    dispose of our rights and wealth. Second, to demand concrete and
    measurable changes that will lead to the formation of a true democracy.

    The demand to restore our freedoms is a prerequisite for a successful
    political transition. Over these long 56 years of the dictatorship of a
    single party, there have been multiple demands from activists and the
    opposition who have called for the full exercise of those freedoms
    inherent to human beings, and they have paid a high price for these demands.

    The violation of fundamental rights in our country is validated by the
    current legal system. We therefore consider that the ratification and
    above all the legal implementation of the United Nations Covenant on
    Civil and Political Rights and the Covenant on Economic, Social and
    Cultural Rights, with their optional protocols, is a key tool as a
    precondition and roadmap to solve the Cuban conflict. Equally, the rules
    of the International Labour Organization give us a precise guide as to
    how to work on the legal system of labor issues and trade union freedoms.

    We hope that Latin American countries, the European Union, Canada, the
    Holy See and the United States, as important political actors in the
    Cuban situation, join us in this reasonable and urgent demand. We have
    taken as a reference the partnership agreement signed between the
    European Union and Central America in 2012, with a clear emphasis on
    respect for human rights and the promotion of democracy.

    Upon ratification of these agreements we propose the following Roadmap
    to ensure the effective and prompt implementation of the commitments
    agreed to:

    Immediate release and cancellation of sentences all political prisoners
    (Amnesty decreed)
    With regards to the Constitution, laws, regulations, procedures and
    administrative practices: repeal of all those articles that violate the
    International Covenants and relate to the freedoms of expression,
    association and trade unions, assembly, movement, conscience and
    religion, economic and cultural. Establish full guarantees for the
    exercise of those freedoms
    With regards to the Penal Code: elimination of the concept of
    pre-criminal dangerousness, as well as all rules that can contribute to
    arrests, arbitrary detentions and acts of harassment in violation of
    agreements made
    Restoration of judicial and constitutional guarantees to the right
    of due process
    New Law of Association that includes a multiparty system and guarantees
    for the freedom of assembly. With regards to trade union rights it must
    take into account the standards set by the ILO
    New Media Law that guarantees freedom of expression and the free flow of
    information
    New election law (Restoration of National Sovereignty)
    We believe that every step must be conditioned on the progress of the
    roadmap mentioned above, based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

    Our ultimate goal is to move to a true democracy with political
    pluralism, judicial independence, freedom and human rights. Where Cubans
    can through consultation and free and transparent elections, as well as
    the realization of a constituent assembly, define the destiny of our nation.

    All genuine actors of the opposition and civil society, through their
    projects and demands, within the island and in exile, have to be an
    active part of any process that seeks a solution to the Cuban conflict.

    At stake is the very future of the nation. We exercise the great
    responsibility that is ours.

    Note: The Forum does belong to Estado de Sats (State of Sats). Those
    signing this Roadmap are artists, journalists, academics, trade
    unionists and opponents of various groups within the island and in exile.

    Signatures are still being accepted:

    Ada María López Canino
    Adelma Guerra
    Adis Niria Dallet Argüelles
    Adnaloy Rodríguez Díaz
    Adonis Salgado Pérez
    Adrian Perez Mendoza
    Agustín López canino
    Aida Norma Roque
    Aidé Gallardo Salazar
    Ailer González Mena
    Alberto Sanchez Martiatu
    Alejandro Raga
    Alejandro Garcia Arias
    Alexis Pérez Lescailles
    Alexis Jardines
    Alfredo Guillermo Rodríguez
    Alina Brouwer
    Alina de la C García
    Aliuska Gómez García
    Amelia Suarez Naranjo
    Ana Torricella Morales
    Anay Peñalver Subit
    Andrés Pérez Suarez
    Ángel De Fana
    Ángel Luis Díaz
    Ángel Luis Martín
    Ángel Moya Acosta
    Ángel Santiesteban Prats
    Anislay Escalona Polo
    Antonio G. Rodiles
    Arelis Blanco Coello
    Arelis Rodríguez Silva
    Ariadna Mena Rubio
    Ariel Gonzalez Cuevas
    Ariobel Castillo Villalba
    Armando Abascal Serrano
    Armando Peraza Hernández
    Bárbara Rodríguez Vizcaíno
    Barbara Viera Rodriguez
    Benito Fojaco Iser
    Berta Soler Fernández
    Borris Larramendi
    Camilo Ernesto Olivera Peidro
    Caridad Ramírez
    Caridad Valdés Soriano
    Carlos Lázaro Tamayo Frías
    Carlos M Figueroa Álvarez
    Carlos M Hernández
    Carlos Manuel Figueroa
    Carlos Orlando Olivera Martinez
    Carlos Rodríguez Seruto
    Cecilia Guerra Alfonso
    Claudio Fuentes Madan
    Cristina Xiomara Duques
    Dairon Moisés Torre Paz
    Dairy Coello Basulto
    Daisy Artiles del Sol
    Damaris Reve Rodríguez
    Damarys Moya Portieles
    Damián Albert Suviaut
    Danai López Perdomo
    Danaise Muños López
    Dandy Lazo
    David Águila Montero
    Delises González Borrego
    Digna Rodriguez Ibanez
    Duvier Blanco Acosta
    Edely Orlando Suarez
    Eduardo González Molina
    Eduardo Marcos Pacheco Ortiz
    Egberto Ángel Escobedo Morales
    Elena Larrinaga
    Elías Amor
    Enrico M. Santí
    Enrique Díaz Rodríguez
    Enrique Martínez Marín
    Enrique Rafael Valido
    Eralidis Frometa Polanco
    Ernesto Gutiérrez
    Ernesto Fonseca Garcia
    Ernesto Hernandez Busto
    Esteban Ajetes Abascal
    Eugenia Díaz Hernández
    Eugenio Hernández Hernández
    Evelin Pineda Concepción
    Félix Navarro
    Félix Perez Palenzuela
    Francisco Rangel Manzano
    Francisco Valido
    Frank Calzón
    Frank Cosme Valdés
    Gisela Sánchez Baños
    Gladis Capote Roque
    Gloria Samper Oliva
    Gorki Águila
    Guillermo Fariñas Hernández
    Guillermo García V
    Gustavo Garabito Gómez
    Haymee Moya Montes de Oca
    Hugo Damian Prieto Blanco
    Igdariz Pérez Ponciano
    Ignacio Blanco Jimenez
    Iris Quindelan
    Iván Founier Costa
    Ivonne de las Mercedes Abreu
    Jaime Suchlicki
    Jaqueline Bone Hechevarria
    Jaqueline Cutiño Leite
    Jeovani Díaz López
    Jesús Aristides Hernandez Pérez
    Joel Brito
    Jordanca Borquinelis
    Jorge Enrique Carbonell
    Jorge Luis Artiles Montiel
    Jorge Luis García Ostia
    Jorge Luis Romero Becerra
    Jorge Luis Trujillo González
    Jorge Olivera Castillo
    Jorge Rodríguez Rivero
    José Agustín Benítez López
    José Azel
    Jose G. Ramón Castillo
    José Díaz silva
    José Hernandez Lopez
    José Ignacio Brito
    José Luis León Pérez
    José Ramón Polo Borges
    José Raúl Rodriguez Rangel
    Juan Alberto de la Nuez Ramirez
    Juan Antonio Blanco
    Juan Carlos Linares Balmaseda
    Juan González Febles
    Juan Manuel Lora Vidal
    Julia Herrera Roque
    Julio Aleaga Pesant
    Julio Antonio Ramírez
    Julio Herrera Roque
    Julio Rojas Portal
    Kessell Rodríguez Rodríguez
    Kirenia Molina
    Laritza Olivares Dinza
    Laudelina Alcalde García
    Laura Marante
    Laura Marante Delgado
    Lazara B. Sendiña Recalde
    Lazara M Borrego Guzmán
    Lázaro Díaz Sánchez
    Lazaro Mendoza Garcia
    Lázaro Fresneda Fernández
    Lázaro Luis Ruíz Hechevarria
    Lázaro R Armenteros Martorel
    Lázaro Yosvani Montesino
    Lázaro Yuri Valle Roca
    León Padrón Azcui
    Liset Naranjo
    Lismeirys Quintana Ávila
    Livan Serafín
    Lourdes Esquivel
    Lucia Molina Villegas
    Lucinda González Gómez
    Luis Alberto Cruz Silva
    Luis Bárbaro Ortega Avenza
    Luis Cino Álvarez
    Luis Enrique Labrador Díaz
    Luis Jesús Gutiérrez Campos
    Luisa R Toscano
    Maikel Norton Cordero
    Mailen González González
    Manuel Aguirre Labarrere
    Marcelino Lorenzo Fernández
    Margarita Rodríguez Díaz
    María Acon Sardiñas
    María cristina Labrada Varona
    María Josefa Sardiñas
    María Rosa Rodríguez Molina
    Marislaidys Sánchez Vargas
    Maritza concepción Salmiento
    Mark Alonso Parada
    Marta Belquis Rodríguez González
    Mayelin Peña Bullain
    Mayelin Santiesteban López
    Maylin González González
    Melvia Aguilera
    Mercedes Pérez
    Merenis Herry García
    Mijail Bonito
    Miguel Ángel Tamayo Frías
    Miguel Daniel Borroto Vázquez
    Miguel Farinas Quey
    Mista Ricardo Torres
    Nelson Rodríguez Chartrand
    Nilo Gilbert Arencibia
    Noelvis León López
    O Díaz Becerra
    Odelin Alfonso torna
    Olaida del Castillo Trujillo
    Olga Lidia Torres iglesias
    Omar Suarez Campo
    Orlando Rodriguez Rodriguez
    Orlando Villar de Armas
    Oscar Luis Milian Reinoso
    Oslien Noda Fonseca
    Osmal Laffita Rojas
    Osmani Díaz Cristo
    Oylin Hernández Rodríguez
    Paulino Estévez Jiménez
    Pedro Fontanal Miranda
    Pedro Roig
    Quirenia Díaz Argüelles
    Rachel Gamboa Campos
    Rafael Hernández Blanco
    Rafael Rodríguez Rivero
    Raisel Rodríguez Rivero
    Ramon Alejandro Munoz Gonzalez
    Ramón Jiménez Arencibia
    Ramón Mor Hernández
    Ramon Zamoza Rodriguez
    Raquel María Rodríguez Morejón
    Raúl Borges Álvarez
    Regla Ríos Casado
    Reinaldo Figueros
    Reinaldo Martínez
    Roberto Arsenio López Ramos
    Roberto Pupo Tejeda
    Rogelio Fabio Hurtado Rodríguez
    Rolando Ferrer Espinosa
    Rolando Reyes Rabanal
    Rolando Rodríguez Rivero
    Ronny Gámez Luna
    Rosalinda Visiedo Gómez
    Roxilene Sotolongo Cruz
    Saúl González
    Santiago Jordan Rios
    Sebastian Arcos
    Serafín Moran Santiago
    Serafín Moran Santiago
    Sergio Girat Estrada
    Smith Cantillo Pérez
    Sodrelis Torruella Poncio
    Sonia Álvarez Campello
    Sonia Garro Alfonso
    Stewe Maikel Pardo Valdez
    Tamara Rodríguez Quesada
    Ubaldo Herrero Hernández
    Vicente Campanioni
    Vicente Sebastián Borges
    Virgen Coello Basulto
    Vladimir Ortiz Suarez
    Vladimir Turru Paez
    Xiomara de las M Cruz Miranda
    Yadelys Montano León
    Yaimel Rodríguez Arroyo
    Yamile Borges Hurtado
    Yamile Garro Alfonso
    Yamile Naranjo
    Yaneisi Herrera Cabrales
    Yanisel Bosa Garrido
    Yanitza Estrada Liranza
    Yasil Fernández Denis
    Yasmani Barroso Bergolla
    Yasmani Barroso Pergolla
    Yasmani Cuesta González
    Yelky Páez Rodríguez
    Yeniset Aguilera
    Yoan Guzmán Díaz
    Yoisy Jaramillo Sánchez
    Yolanda Santana Ayala
    Yoraida Peña Padilla
    Yosbani Arce Blanco
    Yuleidis Ortiz
    Yuliet Margarita Rodríguez Báez
    Yulinne Tamayo Frías
    Yuneisis Coto Casino
    Yuniesqui Gainza
    Yuniset Amores Aguilera
    Yurineisi Alemán
    Yurleani Tamayo Martínez
    Yuslaidis Balero Concepción
    Zaqueo Báez Guerrero
    Zenen Daniel Cruz
    Zulema Lay

    Source: Forum for Rights and Freedoms / Estado de Sats (see endnote) |
    Translating Cuba –
    http://translatingcuba.com/forum-for-rights-and-freedoms-estado-de-sats-see-endnote/

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