49 General Assembly of the Organization of American States

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Renewed calls for the Cuba regime to be held accountable for its human rights violations against the Cuban People, and for its role in destabilizing the region and demands for the Cuban regime to respect the right of its citizens to decide their system of government and their leadership in a binding plebiscite.   Cuba Decide promoters participated in the 49th General Assembly of the Organization of American States, taking place in Medellin, Colombia from June 24-28, 2019.

On June 26, 2019, Rosa Maria Payá, a Cuba Decide platform promoter, participated as the representative of the Democracy, Liberty, Justice and Policy Renewal Coalition, during the Civil Society Dialogue session of the General Assembly. Having been acknowledged by Secretary Almagro in his introductory speech, her voice shed light on the vulnerability of human rights defenders and independent journalists across the region; and she denounced the essential role of the Regimen of Cuba in the deterioration of democracy in Venezuela and Nicaragua. The coalition called upon member nations to condemn the interference of the Cuban Regime in the internal affairs of Venezuela through the deployment of security or intelligence personnel who threaten peace and security in the region; to denounce the illegitimacy of the leadership of the Cuban Regime and its constitution; and to express their support for the right of all people in these oppressed nations to decide their system of government and their representatives through free elections or binding plebiscites with guarantees to initiate the processes of transition to democracy.