Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Declaration on the Cuban Migrant Crisis

Declaration on the Cuban Migrant Crisis / Forum for Rights and Freedoms
Posted on November 23, 2015

Forum for Rights and Freedoms, 23 November 2015 — In recent weeks we
have observed, with deep concern, the development of a new migration
crisis. The human drama that thousands of Cubans are experiencing
already affects the entire Central American region, the Caribbean, and
especially Costa Rica, a nation that has received migrants with great
solidarity, in contrast to the complicity of Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua.

The Castro regime has decided, once again – we recall the Camarioca
exodus in 1965, the Mariel Boatlift in the 1980s, the Rafter Crisis in
1994 – to use Cubans as pieces in their political game, putting at risk
their lives and safety. Denunciations of abuse, assaults and every kind
of crime against Cuban emigrants has elicited the solidarity of all
people of goodwill.

Since coming the Castro dictatorship's coming to power, the regime has
used migratory crises to win concessions from the United States.

In this case, the regime is pressuring the United States, and involving
third parties, in the midst of a process of normalization between the
Obama administration and the dictatorship, to win additional concessions
from president Obama, without having to take steps to improve the
appalling situation of human rights in Cuba.

We condemn the profound contempt, and the indolent and inhumane attitude
of the dictatorship towards Cubans. Only a transition to democracy and
respect for fundamental rights and freedoms can reverse the misery that
exists on the island.

We appeal to international organizations and those involved to be in
solidarity with the Cuban people and their right to be free, in the face
of his scenario that becomes more complex every day.

Foro por los Derechos y Libertades / Forum for Rights and Freedoms
Ailer González, Estado de Sats
Ángel Moya, Movimiento Libertad Democrática por Cuba
Ángel Santiesteban, Estado de Sats
Antonio G. Rodiles, Estado de Sats
Berta Soler, Dama de Blanco
Claudio Fuentes, Estado de Sats
Egberto Escobedo, Asociación de presos y expresos políticos en Cuba
María Cristina Labrada, Dama de Blanco
Raul Borges, Partido por la Unidad Democrática Cristiana

Other signers
Frank Calzon, Center for a Free Cuba
Lincoln Díaz-Balart, El Instituto La Rosa Blanca
Orlando Gutiérrez Boronat, Directorio Democrático Cubano

Source: Declaration on the Cuban Migrant Crisis / Forum for Rights and
Freedoms | Translating Cuba -

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