29 July, 2020

Arrestos 370

Decree-law 370 is a harmful law that regulates Internet use in Cuba and calls for the supervision of wireless networks and the limitations for online publications. Through this law, the government gains control over the online activities of its citizens, providing the legal basis for the arbitrary punishment of critical reporting by the authorities. Many journalists have been targeted, fined or imprisoned as a result of this law further propagating media suppression in Cuba. Photo from CIBERCUBA
29 July, 2020

Cuba, Allies Block Activist At UN Human Rights Council

“In this moment, it is a great honor to share news of victory, of triumph. The news that Ariel Ruiz Urquiola, from this moment, can end his hunger, thirst and medicine strike because he has received the letter of registration to appear at the plenary session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, without intermediaries,” said Rosa María Payá, on Friday. This was an announcement to the world, on behalf of Ariel Ruiz Urquiola, the end of his five-day hunger […]
29 July, 2020

Achievements and challenges of Cuba Decide in the second quarter of 2020

Thanks to the efforts of many, our national and global initiative manages to grow despite these unprecedented conditions. As COVID-19 has forced a change in our lives, work dynamics and even shut the borders of countries around the world, the promoters of Cuba Decide have intensified our efforts to combat repression and injustice directed against the Cuban people at the hands of the regime. In the last quarter, we have adapted our work to be able to operate safely in […]
29 July, 2020

President Trump meets with Rosa María Payá

Last Friday, July 10, 2020, the promoter of Cuba Decide, Rosa María Payá asked the President Trump to directly help the Cuban people and designate the Communist party, the G2 and the Cuban military as a terrorist organization.
29 July, 2020

The Hemisphere Responds: IACHR

On Wednesday, June 25, 2020, Cuban pro-democracy activist Rosa María Payá, conducted a live conversation with Commissioner Stuardo Ralón Orellana, rapporteur for Cuba of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). The conversation pertained to the publication of the first Country Report on the Communist Island in the last 37 years. The dialogue took place in real time, as part of the virtual panel in “The Hemisphere Responds: A Conversation with the IACHR.” Among this panel were the Argentine academic […]
29 July, 2020

Ferrer’s Medal

Human rights defender, and promoter of Cuba Decide, José Daniel Ferrer was awarded the Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom by the United States government. This medal not only serves as praise for Ferrer’s work, but also for the brave work of Cuban citizens on the Island and abroad whose sole mission is to demand a free and fair government that encourages its people to thrive, rather than a dictatorship that silences dissenting opinions. Along with this medal, the United States publicly urges […]
29 July, 2020

Webinar with the Cuban American Bar Association

Promoter of Cuba Decide, Rosa Maria Payá was a featured speaker in the CABA webinar “The New Plaza Civica in Cuba: The Role of Social Media and Digital Platforms.” The webinar explored concepts of freedom of expression, association and of the press in Cuba in the context of increasingly important digital spaces. The webinar went into detail about Law Decree 370, among other laws, and its impact on freedom of expression in Cuba and how it furthers the regime’s oppressive […]
29 July, 2020

Interview with #Forum2000online

In this interview, Rosa Maria Payá goes into depth about how it is nearly impossible for the recommendations for hygiene maintenance to be followed, as the supply of tap water is insufficient and some citizens are not able to wash their hands for seven days in a row. Food shortage is severe and small businesses are subject to persecution, police violence, and high fines. She also articulates that the official numbers of COVID-19 cases being released by the Cuban government are only a small percentage of the total cases. Further, Ms. Payá discusses how Cuba’s economy was already in a crisis before pandemic. The fundamental economic […]
17 July, 2020

Live interview with María Corina Machado

Pro-democracy activists Rosa María Payá and María Corina Machado discussed the very serious human rights situation that Cuba and Venezuela are experiencing today. They also discussed other countries in the Americas that have already been taken over or are under constant attack by the world’s anti-democratic forces, specifically the military regime that has been in power in Cuba for more than six decades, where the historical root of totalitarian evil certainly resides throughout the region.