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 […]
31 March, 2021

Update: 56 people on hunger strike, 49 in Cuba, 7 abroad

As of today, Monday, March 29, 56 people are on hunger strike, 49 of them inside Cuba and 7 people outside the Island. The seriousness of the situation and the danger to the lives of all these activists grows with the hours. Meanwhile, the siege of the political police and arbitrary arrests and detentions continue. Considering the urgency of the moment, we ask your organization / State to make a public statement to: Demand that the authorities on the island […]
29 March, 2021

“The dictatorship of Havana engages in state terrorism against its citizens,” states Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the OAS.

On the morning of March 26, at a press conference, we requested international support and denounced the situation of the 53 promoters of Cuba Decide, the vast majority of which are members of the Patriotic Union of Cuba who remain on hunger strike on the island, demanding an end to the repression that prevents the humanitarian efforts of UNPACU activists. The participants warned about the serious danger the strikers face, as they continue to be harassed and surrounded by the […]
28 March, 2021

Young people should be educated about the “horrors” of communism: Rosa María Payá

Rosa Maria Payá and other victims of communism from Cuban, Venezuelan and Nicaraguan background gathered at the Florida State Legislature to support HB 1553 which recognizes November 7 as “Victims of Communism Day.” The bill also requires high school students to receive at least 45 minutes of instruction on topics such as Fidel Castro and the Cuban Revolution, or other communist regimes, and how victims suffered under these regimes through suppression of speech, poverty, starvation, migration, and systemic lethal violence […]
28 March, 2021

The regime in Cuba engages in state-sponsored terrorism, according to testimony and evidence of Cuba Decide promotors in a public hearing before the IACHR

The Foundation for Pan-American Democracy outlined the Cuban regime’s repeated patterns of persecution amid deep humanitarian crisis and political repression throughout the island. On March 18, before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the OAS, a coalition of organizations presented evidence demonstrating the regime’s several acts of repression in the midst of the pandemic, and also expressed concern about the application of systemic patterns that that have been applied in different ways during the last year and violate human […]
28 March, 2021

Rosa María Payá denounces arrest of former interim President of Bolivia, Jeanine Añez

Rosa María Payá denounced the arrest of the former interim president of Bolivia, Jeanine Añez, describing the arrest as “political revenge.” Cuban activists have expressed their rejection of the arrest of the former president of Bolivia, arrested at dawn on Saturday, March 13 by the Bolivian authorities. In January 2020, Rosa María Payá, representing Cuban activists, met with Añez and thanked her for her support of the fight for Cuban freedom. Payá considers these repressive actions as being carried out […]