Wednesday, June 20, 2012

No Way Out

No Way Out / Miguel Iturría Savón
Miguel Iturria Savón, Translator: Maria Montoto

To: Office of Immigration and Alien Affairs, Ministry of the Interior

Re: Reply request

Miguel Iturria Savón, Cuban citizen, legal adult, married, university
graduate, unemployed, permanent identity number 53092900308, residing at
222 Street, #9529, between 101 and 1st, Cruz Verde, Cotorro, Havana,
Cuba,of my own volition hereby state to this office the following:

That I am submitting via this letter in accordance with the stipulations
of article 63 of the Constitution of the Republic of Cuba, in relation
to article 78 of Decree-Law No. 67 of 1983, exactly as it was modified
by Decree-Law No. 147 of April 21, 1994, to solicit that in strict
observance of the constitutional mandate stated, the reason or motive be
made known to me whereby I am not permitted to travel to Spain to
reunite with my wife, with regards to which I state the following:


Firstly, that on March 11, 2012 I submitted to the immigration
authorities in Mañana, Guanabacoa, Havana the application Permission for
Overseas Travel in order to be reunited with my wife, Ángela A. F., a
Spanish citizen, to whom I was married on July 22, 2011 in a civil
ceremony in Miramar by the Cuban Ministry of Justice.

Secondly, that as the above-mentioned permission was delayed two or
three days, I have visited the above-mentioned office four times between
March 13 and June 12, 2012, and have not received the White Card nor an
explanation of the basis for its denial.

Thirdly, that since I have incurred no prior criminal charges, have no
unpaid debts to the state, and am not involved in any ongoing legal
proceedings, I consider this injustice to be a violation of my right to
freedom of movement as defined in articles 13.1 and 13.2 of the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights as stated below:

"13.1 Each person has the right to freedom of movement and residence
within the borders of each state."

"13.2 Each person has the right to leave any country, including his own,
and to return to his country."


In light of this denial or delay, and given the stipulations outlined in
article 63 of the Republic of Cuba that "every citizen has the right to
submit complaints and petitions to the authorities, and to receive
attention and appropriate replies within a reasonable time as defined by
law," I, the undersigned, demand to be granted an Exit Permit or, in its
absence, that this application, the submission of which is protected by
constitutional right,be accepted and processed.

I am not including with this letter the previously mentioned Application
for Exit Permit, the Certificate of Matrimony, or the passport and visa
issued by the Spanish Consulate in Havana as these documents have
already been submitted to the National Office of Immigration and Alien
Affairs in Guanabacoa, Cuba.

Havana, June 12, 2012

Miguel Iturria Savón


cc:Office of Legal Affairs,Office of Immigration and Alien Affairs

Cuban Commission of Human Rights

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva,


Translated by Maria Montoto and Anonymous

June 19 2012

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