Petition Tag - cuba

1. Remove Statue of FIDEL CASTRO in Madame Tussauds New York

. Fidel Castro has personally ordered the murder of thousands of people, including ordering the extermination of homosexuals, blacks, and Christians. This man was a terrorist and an insult to the millions of survivors who are living in exile around the world.

2. Yo apoyo a Luis Almagro en su viaje pro-democracia a Cuba

El Secretario General de la OEA Luis Almagro viajará a Cuba esta semana exclusivamente a recibir el Premio Oswaldo Payá de manos de su hija Rosa María Payá, del proyecto de plebiscito CubaDecide.org, de la Red Latinoamericana de Jóvenes por la Democracia, y de la sociedad civil pro-democrática cubana.
Bravo!
Estamos contigo y contra las presiones y chantajes de La Habana para boicotear tu viaje.
Muchas gracias en nombre del futuro de nuestra Cuba querida y herida.

3. Que Colombia no deporte a los inmigrantes cubanos

Carta abierta al presidente colombiano Juan Manuel Santos

Presidente, ayúdelos a pasar.

Señor presidente,

En la población de Turbo, cerca de la frontera de Panamá, hay unos 1270 cubanos que intentan desplazarse hacia Estados Unidos. Se amparan en un principio explícito de la Declaración Universal de Derechos Humanos suscrita por todos los países que conforman la ONU: Toda persona tiene derecho a salir de cualquier país, incluso del propio, y a regresar a su país.

En este momento el gobierno colombiano los controla y vigila. Piensa deportarlos hacia Cuba o hacia Ecuador, de donde proceden muchos de estos emigrantes cubanos. Entre esas personas hay numerosos niños, ancianos y mujeres desvalidos.

Estos cubanos, como tantos otros, no desean vivir en Cuba. Conocen el socialismo real, saben exactamente el horror de ese sistema y, como no pueden hacer nada diferente, porque no hay democracia ni otras opciones disponibles, votan con los pies. Huyen.

En Estados Unidos encuentran la manera de trabajar, estudiar y rehacer sus vidas, beneficiados por la llamada Ley de Ajuste, que les permite acceder a la residencia al año y un día de haber arribado al país por alguna frontera. Al poco tiempo se incorporan a esa sociedad y la inmensa mayoría se convierten en ciudadanos productivos obedientes de la ley.

Colombia es un país de más de 46 millones de habitantes que puede ejercer la compasión con este pequeño grupo de inmigrantes. ¿Qué sentido tiene obstaculizar los planes de estos cubanos? Ayúdelos a proseguir su camino, presidente Santos, pactando con México la salida a ese país, como en el pasado han hecho Costa Rica y Panamá. No interrumpa las ansias de libertad de estas personas. No se convierta en su carcelero ni en la persona que troncha sus sueños.

Presidente, ayúdelos a pasar.

1. Carlos Alberto Montaner, escritor y periodista.

2. Paquito D´Rivera, músico, compositor, escritor.

3. Andy García, actor y director de cine.

4. Raúl Rivero, poeta y periodista.

5. Mitch Maidique, físico, profesor y expresidente de Florida International University.

6. Carlos Montaner (hijo), cineasta, director de fotografía.

7. Pedro Ramón López J.D., pintor, escritor, empresario.

8. Elías Amor, economista.

9. José Abreu, poeta, escritor.

10. Dra. Gilda Calleja Medel, profesora, hispanista.

11. Dr. Antonio Guedes, médico, expresidentes de la Unión Liberal Cubana.

12. Lilliam Moro, poeta, editora.

13. Dr. Alejandro Medina Bermúdez, hispanista, profesor de la Universidad de Syracuse en Madrid.

14. Iván Acosta, dramaturgo, director de cine.

15. Juan Antonio Blanco, historiador.

16. Marlene Moleón, escritora y empresaria.

17. Prof. José Azel Ph.D., ensayista y profesor investigador del ICCA, Universidad de Miami.

18. Prof. Laura Y. Tartakoff J.D., Case Western Reserve University.

19. Andrés Reynaldo. Escritor y periodista.

20. Miguel Sales. Escritor. Presidente de la Unión Liberal Cubana y vicepresidente de la Internacional Liberal.

21. Jacobo Machover. Escritor y profesor universitario.

22. Prof. Jaime Suchlicki Ph.D. , historiador, Universidad de Miami.

4. A Plea for Justice for Assata Shakur

Gustavo Machin, the deputy director for American affairs at the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has stated that Assata Shakur, fka Joanne Chesimard, would not be returned to New Jersey now that Cuba and the United States are restoring diplomatic relations.

Said Machin, "I can say it is off the table." Expressing doubt about the fairness and validity of Assata Shakur's criminal trial that took place in New Jersey in 1977, he added “There are very serious doubts about that case....We consider that a politically motivated case against that lady."

Although, State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke maintains that extradition is still on the table Assata Shakur's attorney, Lennox Hinds, a professor at Rutgers University, said “I think it is a spin being put out by the U.S. government. I have no reason to give any credence to it,” Hinds said. He said that Cuban authorities recently told him that Assata Shakur’s political asylum would not be revoked.

5. Retirar la candidatura de Jean Ziegler al Consejo de Derechos Humanos

Jean Ziegler tiene en su haber una larga hoja de servicios a los más corruptos y represivos regímenes del mundo. El señor Ziegler ha sido adalid en la defensa de violadores sistemáticos de D.HH. Dentro de su curriculum vitae hay servicios al gobierno cubano durante su mandato como Relator del CDH para la alimentación cuando acudió a La Habana para justificar el incumplimiento de la promesa del gobierno cubano al Relator sobre la Tortura de visitar la isla mientras callaba sobre las hambrunas en África.

En el catálogo de amistades entrañables del señor Ziegler figuran especímenes como Mengistu Haile Marian, condenado por genocidio, de quien fue asesor, Robert Mugabe de quien ha dicho que “ Mugabe tiene historia y la moral con él” de su cosecha son también estas frases: “Puedo entender a Hezbolla cuando secuestra soldados” "me niego a describirla como una organización terrorista”. El señor Ziegler visitó en corea al dictador Kim Il Sung a Sadam Hussein en Irak. Fue co- fundador del premio Gadafi de Derechos Humanos y su portavoz en Ginebra y recompensado luego con él.

Este es un esbozo del candidato que se presentado para ocupar un lugar en el Consejo de Derechos Humanos. La sola pretensión es una ofensa a los lesionados por estos regímenes. Es además una conducta incompatible con la imparcialidad necesaria para este cargo que será usada sin ninguna vacilación para beneficio de los transgresores.

Su nominación demostraría indiferencia y liviandad y el predominio de intereses mezquinos y sería una deshonra para un gobierno democrático.

6. The U.S. Should Pursue the Extradition of Convicted Murderer Joanne Chesimard From Cuba

Joanne Chesimard is an escaped convicted murderer of a NJ State Trooper. She has been living openly in Cuba for more than three decades.

She must be brought back to the United States to finish serving her sentence!

7. Temporary Religious Visa to USA for Evangelist Luis Betancourt

The USA Interest Section in Havana, Cuba, has consistently denied Evangelist Luis Betancourt a temporary visa to minister in the USA for 2 decades. Although Cuba now only requires a passport, the USA has a tedious and very costly application process.

Yet, despite the fact that Brother Luis was compliant with visa specifications on 2 separate occasions when he visited the USA for ministry 2 decades ago, he has since been denied access to the USA for religious activities time and again. On Tuesday, March 12, 2013, he was once again told that he “could not visit the USA at this time,” despite itineraries to minister in Miami & Chicago.

Luis has a family and ministry in Cuba, and no intention of appropriating himself of the Cuban Adjustment Act of the USA in order to remain here. Had he wished to stay in the USA he would have done so years ago.

8. Exigimos la libertad inmediata de Calixto Ramón

Campaña: Exigimos la libertad inmediata de Calixto Ramón

Ya ha sido creada la página de solidaridad: http://www.facebook.com/LiberenaCalixto exigiendo sea liberado de inmediato Calixto Ramón Martínez Arias, corresponsal del Centro de Información Hablemos Press. También se abrió el Twitter: @liberenacalixto para enviar mensajes de solidaridad y la cuenta ha sido suspendida por ataques difamatorios de ciber castristas. y hemos abierto esta otra @CalixtoRamon Toda persona que desee apoyar esta campaña llame al 879 93 31, escriba a robersm2007@gmail.com o visite www.cihpress.com y deje su nombre y firma, tambien proponemos que abra su propia cuenta de solidaridad usando la imagen de la campaña y enlazandola al feed de su blog o sitio de preferencia.

9. Tell Romney: Choose Rubio for Vice President

Senator Marco Rubio is a rock-solid conservative. We know where he stands. He will not only deliver Florida, but also the the votes of many young Latinos who see in Rubio their own American Dream.

Marco Rubio is ready to be President, which after nearly four years cannot be said of Barack Obama. Marco Rubio brings to the ticket leadership, optimism, and an American story not seen in a candidate since Ronald Reagan. Viva Rubio!

10. Injusticias en la medicina cubana

Soy un médico cubano inhabilitado para el ejercicio de la Medicina en Cuba por tiempo indefinido, desde octubre de 2006, junto a un colega y amigo, el Dr. Rodolfo Martínez Vigoa, por canalizar ante el Ministro de Salud Pública la opinión de 300 profesionales sobre el salario que destina el Gobierno cubano a nuestro sector.

Dado que con lo que hicimos nunca vulneramos la Ley, ni dañamos ni pusimos en peligro la salud o la vida de ningún paciente, el poder, aterrorizado por aquel pequeño consenso, se vio obligado a mentir para intentar legitimar nuestra sanción. Los detalles esenciales que debes conocer sobre este caso se hallan en “Ciudadano Cero”, el blog que administro para denunciar esta injusticia y para potenciar cualquier gestión que conduzca a la reconquista del ejercicio de nuestra profesión.

11. Petición al Papa en su visita a Cuba

Es importante que apoyemos esta petición como forma de contribuir a que los cubanos recuperen sus derechos civiles.

12. Padres de estudiante asesinado en Cuba presentan carta ante la iglesia y organismos internacionales

Por Roberto de Jesús Guerra Pérez/ Hablemos Press.

La Habana, 14 de febrero.- Una carta firmada por unas 150 personas fue entregada ante funcionarios de la Iglesia Católica y de Organismos Internacionales con sedes en La Habana. La misiva solicita a funcionarios intercedan ante la petición de que sea exhumado el cadáver de un estudiante asesinado en una escuela politécnica.

Odalys de la Caridad Valdés Suárez y Raúl Ramírez Puig, padres de Emilio Lázaro Pérez Valdés, de 15 años de edad -el estudiante asesinado- ofrecieron a Hablemos Press el viernes una copia del documento.

Dicho documento fue presentado ante la oficina del Arzobispado, con copia para el cardenal Jaime Ortega, a Bruno Musaró, Nuncio Apostólico en La Habana, al Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo, al Fondo de Naciones Unidas para la Infancia y Fiscalía General de la República.

El documento integro explica lo siguiente:

13. Petición para que Eduardo Arocena en prisión en cárceles norteamericanas sea relocalizado cerca de su familia en la Florida

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14. FIDEL CASTRO RUZ AL TRIBUNAL DE LA HAYA

Debido a los numerosos crímenes , de lesa humanidad, cometidos por el régimen de Fidel Castro contra los ciudadanos cubanos así como de otros paises y considerando las sistemáticas violaciones de la Carta Universal de los Derechos Humanos, de la cual Cuba es signataria y, la brutal represión a que son sometidos los opositores cubanos que dentro de la isla reclaman pacíficamente que les sean reintegrados sus derechos, es que hacemos la siguiente petición a la comunidad internacional.

Because of the numerous crimes against humanity committed by the regime of Fidel Castro against Cuban citizens and other countries and considering the systematic violations of the Universal Charter of Human Rights, which Cuba is a signatory, and the brutal repression of opponents are subjected to Cubans on the island claim they are reintegrated peacefully their rights, we make the following request to the international community.







15. Oppose the Cuba Street Towers

The enormous towers that have been planned for the Cuba Street site are too large.

The site is too small and too cramped. The towers are too tall and the density is too high (as per the council's own planning guidance).

16. A TODOS LOS CUBANOS DE LA DIASPORA

Cuba necesita ser liberada de la tiranía que oprime a nuestro pueblo y que nos ha obligado a abandonar la tierra en que nacimos por centenares de miles.

17. Ver que la justicia y el debido proceso se observan en los asesinatos de Hermanos al Rescate

Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, René González, Antonio Guerrero y Fernando González se encuentran actualmente en prisión por actos de espionaje y terrorismo de Estado contra ciudadanos de los EE.UU.. Ellos planeaban sabotear aviones, provocar incendios, y tenía previsto el envío de una bomba por el correo a una persona en el sur de la Florida con el objetivo de causar su muerte. Ninguno de estos hombres ha demostrado ningún remordimiento por sus acciones.

El 24 de febrero 1996 los asesinatos de Armando Alejandre, Carlos Costa, Mario de la Peña y Pablo Morales fueron condenados por las Naciones Unidas, la Comisión de los Derechos Humanos, el Consejo de Seguridad de las Naciones Unidas, y la Comisión Interamericana de los Derechos Humanos dio la prueba de la gravedad mortal de sus planes.

En primer lugar, es preocupante que el General Rubén Martínez Puente, Francisco Pérez Pérez, Lorenzo Alberto Pérez Pérez, que fueron acusados de cuatro cargos de asesinato, dos cargos de destrucción de aeronaves y un cargo de conspiración para matar a ciudadanos de los EE.UU. en agosto de 2003 y Juan Pablo Roque, acusado en mayo de 1999 como un agente extranjero (a pesar de que jugó un papel en la conspiración para asesinar a tres ciudadanos de EE.UU. y un residente de los EE.UU.) no han sido perseguidos con todo el rigor de la ley.

¿Por qué el Departamento de Justicia de EE.UU. ni en las administraciones de George W. Bush o de Barack Obama presentado a Interpol una orden de arresto contra los tres funcionarios cubanos de la Fuerza Aérea acusados por el asesinato en 1996 de cuatro nacionales de EE.UU. y para el agente de cubanos que participan en la conspiración que los mató?

En segundo lugar, es desalentador saber que el nombre de Gerardo Hernández se circula en un posible intercambio o liberación. Él ha tenido el debido proceso en un juicio con el dinero que podría comprar los mejores abogados que han puesto en una defensa y un proceso de apelación para su cliente entusiasta.

La convicción de Gerardo Hernández por conspiración para cometer asesinato es la única justicia a las víctimas y sus familias han logrado hasta la fecha.

18. PARA EL CAMBIO TOTAL Y VERDADERO EN CUBA

LA OPOSICIÓN INTERNA Y EXTERNA CUBANA UNIDA, EN UNA SOLA Y JUSTA POSICIÓN COMÚN, RECONOCE SU RESPONSABILIDAD Y DEBER AL EXIGIR INMEDIATAMENTE, A UNA SOLA VOZ, EL CAMBIO TOTAL Y DEFINITIVO EN CUBA, A TRAVÉS DE ESTAS DIEZ NECESIDADES FUNDAMENTALES:

19. ESFUERZO MUNDIAL PARA MANTENER EN PRISION A LOS 5 ESPÍAS PRESOS EN USA

Apoyo mundial para mantener en prisión a los cinco espías presos en Estados Unidos, enviados por el régimen comunista castrista, en misión de espionaje, implicados en el derribo de las avionetas de Hermanos al Rescate, en la cual fueron asesinados tres ciudadanos norteamericanos y un residente.

Join the worldwide effort to maintain in prison the Cuban five spies jailed in the US, sent by the communist Castro’s regime in espionage mission, implicated in the shoot down of the Brothers to the Rescue small airplane that killed three American citizens and one Florida resident in international water.

20. No Oil Drilling in Cuba

DRILLING OIL IN DEEP WATERS IS NOT SAFE.OIL SPILL RESPONSE NOT QUICK AND OR SAFE ENOUGH TO PREVENT ENVIRONMENT DAMAGE TO LIVING AND FUTURE FISH AND MAMMAL POPULATION, CORAL REEFS, HUMANS AND PRECIOUS BEACHES IN THE ATLANTIC OCEAN, GULF OF MEXICO, CARIBBEAN ISLANDS.

THESE OIL RIGS WILL BE IN THE PATH OF SHIPPING LANES, GULF STREAM, AND DANGEROUS HURRICANES AND TROPICAL STORMS. ANY ACCIDENT WILL CAUSE WORLDWIDE CATASTROPHIC DAMAGE.

21. LIBERTAD SIN DESTIERRO PARA EL DR. OSCAR ELÍAS BISCET

El Dr. Oscar Elías Biscet, Prisionero de Conciencia, condenado a 25 años de prisión por el solo hecho de exigir la observación de los Derechos Humanos por las autoridades cubanas, lr ha sido negado el derecho a la excarcelación por no acceder al destierro.

22. See that justice and due process are observed in Brothers to the Rescue killings

Gerardo Hernandez, Ramón Labañino, Rene Gonzalez, Antonio Guerrero and Fernando Gonzalez are currently in prison for acts of espionage and state terrorism against US citizens. They plotted to sabotage planes, set fires, and planned sending a mail bomb to a person in South Florida with aim of causing their death. None of these men have demonstrated any remorse for their actions.

The February 24, 1996 murders of Armando Alejandre, Carlos Costa, Mario de la Peña and Pablo Morales condemned by the United Nations Human Rights Commission, the United Nation’s Security Council, and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights gave proof to the deadly seriousness of their plans.

First, it is troubling that General Ruben Martinez Puente, Francisco Perez-Perez, Lorenzo Alberto Perez Perez who were indicted on four counts of murder, two counts of destruction of aircraft and one count of conspiracy to kill U.S. nationals in August of 2003 and Juan Pablo Roque indicted in May 1999 as a foreign agent (although he played a role in the conspiracy to murder three US citizens and one US resident) have not been pursued to the full extent of the law.

Why hasn't the U.S. Department of Justice under either the George W. Bush or Barack Obama Administrations presented Interpol with an arrest warrant for the three Cuban Air Force officials indicted for the 1996 murder of four U.S. nationals and for the Cuban agent involved in the conspiracy to have them killed?

Secondly, it is dismaying to learn that Gerardo Hernandez’s name is being raised in a possible exchange or release. He has had due process in a trial with the best attorney’s money could buy that have put on a zealous defense and appeals process for their client. Gerardo Hernandez’s conviction on conspiracy to commit murder is the only justice the victims and their families have achieved to date.

23. An Open letter to Cardinal Jaime Ortega y Alamino, Archbishop of Havana -- Una Carta al Cardenal Jaime Ortega y Alamino, Arzobispo de la Habana

In the past few months, the Catholic Church in Cuba has been engaged in a sham "dialogue" with the repressive Castro regime, which resulted in the banishment of scores of prisoners of conscience to Spain.

Denounced by over one hundred dissidents for these actions, Cardinal Jaime Ortega has responded by condemning those who criticize him and by continuing his defense of the brutal status quo in the name of "pastoral care" and "social harmony."

This petition urges Cardinal Ortega to side with the dissidents and to call for real change in Cuba.

24. Bring Fidel Castro to trial at the International Criminal Courts

Since the start of Castro's government in Cuba, January of 1959, their regime has committed numerous crimes against the Cuban people. Leading at the beginning under the disguise to be a non-socialist freedom fighter, the Fidel Castro took a stronghold and subsequently proceeded to divide Cuban families, incarcerating, holding public executions as a means to instill fear and control.

In its history of repression, the regime has run concentration camps, separated children and parents, driven thousands to escape the "prison Island" only to find death at sea or on foreign shores, those who dare speak out are imprisoned and tortured in jail and their families become outcasts, Castro's regime also extorts those who reach freedom in exile and leave loved ones behind.

The regime has driven a once thriving country to become the western hemisphere's poorest country, second only to Haiti. The mere act of allowing irreplaceable historic architecture to crumble in neglect is a crime. The environmental threats in polluting and pillaging the island’s natural resources go unchecked.

Exporting their brand of totalitarianism is something all Latin America knows very well and the Castros main objective is perpetuating themselves in power at any cost.

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Desde el inicio del gobierno de Castro en Cuba, enero de 1959, su régimen ha cometido numerosos crímenes contra el pueblo cubano. Líder en el principio bajo el disfraz de ser un luchador por la libertad no socialista, Fidel Castro tomó una fortaleza, y posteriormente procedió a dividir a las familias cubanas, encarcelar, manteniendo las ejecuciones públicas como un medio para inculcar el miedo y el control.

En su historia de represión, el régimen se mantenido campos de concentración, los niños separados y padres de familia, miles obligados a escapar de la "cárcel isla", sólo para encontrar la muerte en el mar o en las costas extranjeras, los que se atreven a hablar son encarcelados y torturados en la cárcel y sus familiares son rechazados en la comunidad, el régimen de Castro también extorsiona a los que alcanzar la libertad en el exilio y dejan atrás a sus seres queridos.

El régimen ha llevado a un país una vez próspero para convertirse en el país más pobre del hemisferio occidental, sólo superado por Haití. El mero hecho de permitir que la arquitectura histórica irremplazable a desmoronarse en el abandono es un delito. Las amenazas ambientales, la contaminación y el saqueo de los recursos naturales de la isla siguen sin control.

Exportación de su marca de totalitarismo es algo que todos los de América Latina conocen muy bien y el objetivo principal de Castro es perpetuarse en el poder a cualquier precio....

25. Freedom for All Cuban Political Prisoners

We would like to bring to your attention the state of human rights in Cuba. On March 18, 2003, a crackdown occurred where many peaceful human rights activists—like Oscar Elias Biscet—were arrested. Many remain imprisoned today.

Following the death of Orlando Zapata Tamayo, an imprisoned Cuban and human rights advocate who was on hunger strike from December 3, 2009-February 24, 2010 demanding his most basic human rights, many have assumed a hunger strike requesting the same basic human rights for political prisoners as Orlando Zapata Tamayo. Some activists, like Guillermo Fariñas and Felix Bonne Carcasses, have even expressed their willingness to die for the cause of freedom and human rights, as did Orlando Zapata Tamayo.

We strongly urge you to demand the release of all individuals who have been arrested and convicted on the basis of their peaceful political activities and their efforts to promote and protect basic human rights in Cuba. In addition, we urge you to demand the prompt medical care of all political prisoners who are suffering from serious medical conditions.

While all Cuban human rights defenders remain in detention, we urge you to ensure that they no longer be subjected to further torture and abuse. According to the international human rights law, all persons held in detention must be treated with humanity and dignity and that they must not be subjected to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment (UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners and the UN Body of Principles for the Protection of all Persons Under Any Form of Detention or Imprisonment). According to the 1998 UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, which Cuba actively participated in drafting and passing, all persons have the right to effective access to participation in the government of their country and in the conduct of public affairs. The Declaration also provides that everyone has the right "freely to publish, impart or disseminate to others views, information and knowledge on all human rights and fundamental freedoms."

We call on the Cuban government to recognize the important work of Cuban human rights defenders, cease the persecution of these valiant men and women, and liberate those detained.

26. Release Orlando Zapata Tamayo

I would like to bring to your attention the case of Orlando Zapata Tamayo, an imprisoned Cuban and human rights advocate. On a hunger strike since December 3, 2009, for purely requesting some of his most basic human rights, it appears Zapata Tamayo is on the brink of death, and we are requesting he receive the best medical attention possible immediately.

I am deeply concerned by recent reports of the substandard conditions of medical attention that Zapata Tamayo has received, as well as the conditions of his detention. He was reportedly deprived of water for 16 days by prison officials.

I strongly urge you to order the release of Orlando Zapata Tamayo and all other individuals who have been arrested and convicted on the basis of their peaceful political activities and their efforts to promote and protect basic human rights in Cuba.

According to the 1998 UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, which Cuba actively participated in drafting and passing, all persons have the right to effective access to participation in the government of their country and in the conduct of public affairs. The Declaration also provides that everyone has the right "freely to publish, impart or disseminate to others views, information and knowledge on all human rights and fundamental freedoms." The important work of Cuban human rights defenders should be recognized by the government and they should be supported rather than persecuted.

While they remain in detention, I urge you to ensure that Orlando Zapata Tamayo is not subjected to further abuse and that his conditions of detention meet basic international standards. International human rights law requires that all persons held in detention are treated with humanity and dignity and that they are not subjected to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. The Cuban government should ensure the application of the UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners and the UN Body of Principles for the Protection of all Persons Under Any Form of Detention or Imprisonment, which further elaborate the basic standards to be achieved in ensuring respect for the rights of detainees.

I will continue to monitor these cases closely and appreciate your immediate attention to this important matter.

27. Denounce Death Threats Against Juanes

Freedom of expression is an inalienable right for all individuals in all countries, at all times especially in matters of civic and political expression.

There is a public debate underway concerning a concert to be held in Cuba on September 20, 2009 organized by the Colombian musician Juanes as the latest in a series of concerts around the world with the theme peace without borders.

Although the concert is described as apolitical and directed at the Cuban people there are concerns that it will be politicized by the Cuban dictatorship.

Both Juanes and his critics have a right to exercise their freedom of expression.

Nevertheless, individuals have crossed that line and demonstrated their contempt for fundamental human rights. Two clear examples first on August 14th on 35th Ave. and SW 8th Street where a black shirt representing Juanes was doused with a flammable liquid and set on fire by a demonstrator who stated to the press: “This is what we are going to do with him burn him for being a communist, a traitor, a terrorist, and for licking Fidel Castro’s boots.” Secondly, A day later on Twitter Juanes received the following message: "I hate what you are saying but you will die for defending your right to say it."

These are not examples of free speech but verbal assaults: the threat to carry out physical harm against an individual. This is intolerable in a free society.

This is the kind of language used by Cuban government agents to intimidate members of the opposition in Cuba and reflects a country that today has 21 imprisoned journalists recognized by the Committee to Protect Journalists and 58 activists recognized by Amnesty International as prisoners of conscience rotting in prisons; where a man cries out in front of a camera that he is hungry and is sentenced to two years in prison. These are the kind of threats that are all too common in Cuba.

They are unacceptable in a free society.

28. Change of Leadership - PLP

Mr. Swan called the events of the last eight days since Dr. Brown's decision to allow four Guantanamo Bay detainees to resettle in Bermuda without telling his Cabinet, the Governor or UK authorities, an "international debacle".

"The motion before us continues to be a very important and serious motion before this House," he said. "I remember as a schoolboy, having somewhat of a voice, that could project quite well and carry a little bit of a tune and we used to sing a wonderful song, 'No Man is an Island'. In that regard let me say that indeed here today, part of the problem that we face here has been a result of a very few people acting on their own.

"It has plunged Bermuda into an international debacle that has damaged us internationally in many respects because we have not followed our constitution."

Mr. Swan was greeted by jeers from across the floor when he claimed his motion was never intended to oppose the PLP Government itself but the leadership of the Premier.
(Royal Gazette, 20/06/2009)

29. New Zealanders call for the end to the US Blockade of Cuba

To: US President, Barak Obama
US Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton
US Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi

50 years ago the Cuban Revolution succeeded in gaining independence for Cuba. From this moment the United States of America, a country born out of its own revolutionary struggle for independence began to impose sanctions on Cuba. For the last 40 years these sanctions have developed into an illegal blockade.

Since 1992 the United Nations General Assembly has passed resolutions calling for the lifting of the illegal US blockade of Cuba. In 2008 the resolution was passed 185 for 3 against and 2 abstentions.

In 2009 the winds of change have started to blow in the USA. These winds of change must also blow on US policy towards Cuba. The US must respect the independence and sovereignty of Cuba and the right of the Cuban people to decide their own political system.

30. Hurricane Aid for Cuba

Thus far, there has been no word from the Canadian government that we Canadians are, or will be, sending humanitarian aid to Cuba to help those in need.

Farming, tobacco growing areas, as well as cities and people's homes have suffered much destruction.

Les signataires de la présente pétition prient le gouvernement canadien de faire preuve de solidarité et de venir en aide à la population de Cuba, notre voisin et ami, qui coup sur coup, vient de subir les ravages de deux ouragans majeurs ayant détruit sur leur passage plusieurs habitations ainsi que de nombreuses récoltes en zones agricoles.