Cuban opposition leader criticizes Kofi Annan for not meeting with dissidents

.- The president of the Christian Liberation Movement, Oswaldo Paya, criticized UN Secretary General Kofi Annan for avoiding a meeting with Cuban dissidents during the Summit of Non-Aligned Countries held in Havana, last week.

On September 11, the CLM formally requested to meet with Annan during his visit to the island nation.  Sources close to the Secretary General declined the request, saying the secretary’s trip was for the purpose of attending the Summit and not for addressing Cuban issues.  Nevertheless, Annan did meet with Fidel Castro.

The dissident leader said the opposition in Cuba could easily provide a “detailed description based on the facts, many facts, of the hellish life to which both political and criminal prisoners in Cuba are subjected, as well as of the reality of the permanent violation of human rights.

“This is what the honorable Kofi Annan, Secretary General of the UN sought to avoid hearing, when during his recent visit to Cuba he did not want to meet with us, the representatives of organizations that defend human rights, or with the family members of political prisoners,” Paya said.  

Regarding the countries that make up the group of non-aligned nations, Paya said they “most certainly showed they are not aligned with the truth, freedom and justice,” but that they are “very aligned to make a pact that justifies, for many of the countries of movement, the power to smash their own peoples and cruelly repress those who raise their voices in defense of human rights.”

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages


Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis visits poor neighborhood and meets with young people from Argentina
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
Denver rally draws hundreds in support of religious freedom
Pope Francis prays over a sick man in St Peter's Square
Denver women's clinic will offer natural, Catholic care
Interview Clips: Barbara Nicolosi speaks to CNA
US Cardinals press conference at North American College
Pope Benedict to retire to monastery inside Vatican City
Pope cites waning strength as reason for resignation
Hundreds convene in Denver to urge respect for life
New Orange bishop encourages Catholic unity in diversity
Chinese pro-life activist calls for reform, international attention
At Lincoln installation, Bishop Conley says holiness is success
Mother Cabrini shrine reopens in Chicago after a decade
Ordination of 33 deacons fills St. Peter's with joy
Cardinal says "Charity is the mother of all the virtues"
Augustine Institute expands evangelization effort with new campus
Bishops recall 'Way of St. James' as chance to trust in God
Los Angeles cathedral's newest chapel houses Guadalupe relic

Liturgical Calendar

April 25, 2014

Friday within the Octave of Easter

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Jn 21:1-14


Daily Readings

Saint of the Day

St. Mark, the Evangelist »


Homily of the Day

Jn 21:1-14


Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
Text only

Follow us: