Saturday, September 21, 2013

About the Family

About the Family / Cuban Law Association, Rodrigo Chavez Rodriguez
Posted on September 20, 2013
Lic. Rodrigo Chávez Rodríguez

The great majority of Cuban families are not illiterate but they don't
know that there is a Family Code. They may also be oblivious to the fact
that in the Constitution of the Republic of Cuba (which definitely needs
to be changed) you will find in Chapter IV, Art. 35; The State protects
the family, maternity, and marriage … Until someone explains it to me,
and I manage to understand it and feel convinced, I will perhaps
continue to be mistaken or each time clearer in my thoughts.

Is it that when people separate, including parents leaving their kids at
an early age to emigrate to other countries, almost always for economic
reasons, the State protects protects maternity and the family? From what
I have just said we can deduce that sustainable marriage cannot exist
when, for this or other reasons, the links of a marriage, or voluntary
union or whatever, are dissolved, and nor can the State protect marriage
and the family, nor indeed the very low level of pregnancies among Cuban
women due to lack of many indispensable things.

In other families, aware of what has been decreed and stipulated in the
Articles of the above mentioned 1975 Family Code, which can apparently
assert that knowledge; this maternity, this marriage and the family are
also split up, with the difference that in the case of migrants, here it
is about political reasons, their rejection of the government, because
they lack one of man's most precious assets: FREEDOM, and although it
brings with it separation and distance from their family, it is
necessary for them to search for it and they do find it.

The state recognises in the family the fundamental component of society
and attributes to it responsibilities and essential functions in the
education and upbringing of the new generations, referred to in Art. 38
of the Law of Laws: Parents have the duty of feeding their children and
supporting them in the defence of their legitimate interests and in the
achieving of their true aspirations; as well as in contributing actively
in their education in their upbringing as useful citizens, ready for
life in a socialist society. Why in a "socialist society"? Why if they
have to support them in their legitimate interests and just aspirations,
and that may not be the interest nor aspiration of the family?

Translated by GH

13 September 2013

Source: "About the Family / Cuban Law Association, Rodrigo Chavez
Rodriguez | Translating Cuba" -

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