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15 June, 2021

Bipartisan Legislation Highlighting Cuban Regime Human Rights Violations, Honoring Dissident Oswaldo Payá.

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) introduced legislation with Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Rick Scott (R-Fla.) to rename the street outside the Cuban Embassy in Washington D.C. “Oswaldo Payá Way,”. “The name of Oswaldo Paya, who died while peacefully working to promote constitutional democracy in Cuba, will never be forgotten in Cuba. This measure would ensure that Americans also would be reminded of Paya’s courage and the sacrifice he made for the people […]
30 April, 2021

JOINT PRESS RELEASE ON THE HUNGER AND THIRST STRIKE OF LUIS MANUEL OTERO

We request that the implementation of the PDCA be suspended until the government in Cuba takes irreversible steps towards the recognition of human rights. We should not allow Otero to die. Luis Manuel Otero, the Cuban artist who creates modern sculptures for performance art and prominent leader of the San Isidro Movement, -exhausted by the continuous arbitrary detentions, harassment and home searches-, entered a hunger and thirst strike on April 25th. His demands from authorities are to: lift the state […]
29 April, 2021

Achievement Summary January-April 2021

Throughout the first few months of 2021, Cuba Decide has been working harder than ever to fight for democracy and human rights in Cuba. Our efforts have been focused on the close monitoring of La Huelga Contra Represión, and garnering international support and solidarity for the strikers which resulted in the ultimate dispersal of the police barricade on the 21st day of the strike. Promoters of Cuba Decide also participated in the Interamerican Commission on Human Rights 179th Period of […]
16 April, 2021

Cuba ignites in protest of the congress of the Communist Party

The “Luz de Alarma” protest lit up towns and cities in Cuba to claim that the heads of the Communist Party cannot decide the future of the nation for the people. Last night, houses and neighborhoods of the Island were filled with lights from cell phones, candles and flashlights in a non-violent protest promoted by the Cuba Decide initiative. The protest was carried out by many civil society organizations and by thousands of Cubans who decided to light a #LuzdeAlarma […]
14 April, 2021

A hunger strike in Cuba reveals a deepening crisis

The Editorial Board of The Washington Post, a major United States publication, released an article: “Opinion: A hunger strike in Cuba reveals a deepening crisis.” The article reveals the dire situation in Cuba, describing how “the island has seen months of protest,” signaling an increase in dissenting voices across the island. The article goes on to say that “Cuba’s current leaders should see Mr. Ferrer’s hunger strike not as a threat but as a symptom of a deeper crisis,” and […]
14 April, 2021

OAS Says Cuba Responsible for Health of Hunger Strikers

This article was originally published on Bloomberg. The Organization of American States said it’s holding the government of Cuba responsible for the health of 27 members of the Patriotic Union of Cuba who have been on a 19-day hunger strike. The members of the group, known as UNPACU, were fighting “for basic freedoms” and “facing a dictatorial regime,” according to a statement from the OAS General Secretariat. In the lead-up to the hunger strike that began March 20, Cuban security […]
9 April, 2021

Cuba Decide promoters solicit international support for hunger strikers, yields success in dispersing police barricade

In the wake of the UNPACU hunger strike, Cuba Decide urged all governments and democratic institutions in the Americas and Europe to take action to stop the impunity of the Cuban regime and demand an end to political repression. The obstruction of humanitarian work by members of civil society is one of the repressive tactics systematically applied by the regime in Cuba that were publicly denounced by the Foundation for Pan-American Democracy (FDP) during the 179th Session of the Inter-American […]
9 April, 2021

Nonviolent efforts achieve end to police barricade

International solidarity and peaceful mobilization of Cubans force the withdrawal of the police who have been surrounding the UNPACU headquarters on the 21st day of the hunger strike. “On the morning of April 9, two high-ranking officials of the Ministry of the Interior and the so-called Governor of the province, Beatriz Johnson, appeared in our neighborhood and lifted the barricade that they have maintained for 26 days against our National Headquarters. Several activists have already entered the facility without difficulty. […]
7 April, 2021

30 Cubans on the 18th day of the hunger strike at risk of death

The opposition on the island and in the diaspora unite to demand an end to the police harassment against UNPACU in solidarity with all strikers The Vice-President of the European Parliament, Dita  Charanzová, Congresswoman María Elvira Salazar, Member of the European Parliament José Ramón Bauzá and the members of the duo Gente de Zona joined their voices with José Daniel Ferrer and the opposition leaders in exile and on the island at a press conference organized by Cuba Decide. The […]