Toward a Dialogue without Frontiers

May 3, 2006

Movimiento Cristiano de Liberacion

The Cuban State has supported with its vote United Nations Resolution A60-L48 for the creation of the United Nations Human Rights Council. We ask ourselves, will this vote opens some kind of expectation regarding a new and betterphase in matters of Human Rights for the Cuban society? The Cuban people have a right and a necessity for a positive answer to this question that will traduce itself in practice and in the laws.

Considering:

a) That by supporting this resolution the Cuban State is committed to defend, promote and protect all human rights, religious, civic, political, economic, social and cultural of all human beings, including and not limited to the Cuban people who cannot be excluded.
b) That those of us who belong to civic groups and the Cuban pacific activists work to to defend, protect and promote Human Rights in a transparent and pacific manner for a dialogue amongst Cubans, a national reconciliation and to achieve the necessary changes towards democracy.

c) That the Varela Project is among the initiatives, and is a law initiative supported by the Cuban Constitution and is backed by thousands of citizen. This project proposes changes in the laws in order to guarantee respect for the civil rights, political and economic rights which are fundamental for all the Cuban people. Also, we have fashioned a National Dialogue so that Cubans who don't want and will not accept any foreign intervention, will be able to design our own program for the changes. Among the many of her projects and activities of the Cuban Pacific Democratic Movement includes independent journalism, small libraries and diverse civic associations, and human rights organizations.
d) That for the above mentioned initiatives, taking as a task defending and promoting human rights as outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; for doing in Cuba what this newly creaked Human Rights Council is set out to do internationally, provoked the unjust arrest and sentencing of the now Cuban pacific political prisoners. The reasons a Cuban tribunal sanctioned them was for exercising and promoting human rights. These facts have no relation with the supposed crime they were
accused of which they never committed. All of the
above can be verified by simply reading the official
transcripts of their trials.
e) That the freedom of religion and of conscience, that of expression, reunion and press, the liberty of association and that of political parties, labor unions and social organizations, economic freedom, the liberty to travel, free and democratic elections and the free participation of citizens in political life, economic and cultural life, these are not attributes of
any ideological model in particular, but universal rights for every human being and therefore it also applies to Cubans. The Cuban people never elected nor will ever elect a system of government that denies them these rights.
f) That the limitations and suppressions of these rights due to laws and practices of the Cuban State which limit development of the country and are the cause of permanent suffering for its Citizens, resulting in divisions and tensions which attempt against the peace amongst Cubans, submerging the majority in poverty and impedes the reunification and communications between Cubans that live in the island and those who live abroad, the latter in fact are treated as exiled. This denial of rights contrasts
with a system of privileges for a small minority and
excludes the Cubans in their own country.
g) That none of these violations can be justifiable with violations committed in other countries,for in every case, the victims are human beings, be it Cubans or citizens of other countries; whom by the way get very little help with justifications and mere confrontations among violators.

We Proclaim

1. That the announcement of the immediate release of the Cuban pacific political prisoners is an indispensable step that would give some king of sense to the vote of the Cuban State and their aspiration to be a part of the Human Rights
Committee of the United Nations Organization. But above all, it would be a step of justice for the Cuban people.
2. Request the Cuban State to liberate unconditionally the Cuban pacific political prisoners and take the appropriate steps to guarantee the human rights of all its citizens, according to the passing of Resolution A60-L48 and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights this is an obligation of all the members of the United Nations and the Human Rights Council. Not requesting for the liberation of the Cuban pacific political prisoners will be a scandalous denial of the contents of Resolution A60-L48 and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
3. Every State who voted in favor of the above resolution as well as those who voted against it have a legal and moral obligation to let said resolution know in their countries. In Cuba, where all means of communication, the radio, television, press and electronic mail are property of the State, maintained with public funds, it is the State's obligation to make public this resolution so that the Cuban people is not kept in the dark in a matter that is so important for the life of the country. In order for the citizens to understand this Resolution, the State has to publish all the Articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Cuban people have the right to know what heir rights are.
4. The Cuban State aspires to be a part of the Human
Rights Council. The Cuban people deserve to be part
of that Committee, but it will only be an authentic
participation of the Cuban people if the government
makes a commitment before the people and the World
that it will abide by what it is established in Resolution
A60-L48, and will respect and promote in Cuba all
the rights contained in the Universal Declaration of
Human Rights if they liberate the pacific political
prisoners, if they take steps so that the law and the
institution guarantees respect for these rights and if
it opens in Cuba a dialogue and the observance
and respect of such rights. These steps are vitally
necessary and thus a right of the Cuban people,
whether the Cuban State is selected to be a part of
this new committee or not.
5. It is time to begin a Dialogue Without Frontiers. A
dialogue between all peoples,countries and cultures
so that humanity may progress in respecting these rights. That Dialogue Without Frontiers is the one we already
begun in the Cuban Society.

Havana, April 19th, 2006

On behalf of the Christian Liberation Movement Coordinating Council


Oswaldo José Payá Sardiñas Minervo Lázaro Chil Siret

Ernesto Martín Fonseca

This document of the Christian Liberation Movement was sent for distribution to The Cuba Miami News Bridge on the 22nd day of April of 2006. Translation by: The Cuba Miami News Bridge.


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