Loading
Dissident sends letter to international forum demanding rights for Cubans

.- The coordinator of the Christian Liberation Movement, Oswaldo Paya Sardinas has sent a letter to an annual conference in Prague urging respect for the human rights of Cubans.

“We Cubans want reconciliation and a peaceful transition to democracy, and to be in charge of our own present and future situations within our country,” Paya said in a letter read by Vaclav Havel, at the conference, the 14th annual international Forum 2000.

Havel is credited with leading the fall of communism in Czechoslovakia.

In his letter, Paya criticized the Castro government for not recognizing the right of Cubans to move about freely in the country and travel abroad. For this reason, he said, dissidents are promoting a new law that would recognize this right “in order to eliminate all the discrimination that exists against Cubans in our own country.”

“They talk about changes, but the government does not carry out true change, which would be to recognize in law and in practice the rights of Cubans as human beings, as citizens.”

“Let us say, then, peace on earth, and let us build this peace. But this will not be possible if we all do not strive to achieve not only peaceful coexistence between nations and among nations, but also authentic reconciliation, cooperation and friendship. That will be peace on Earth,” Paya said.

“The vocation of mankind to peace comes from creation itself, because God created us free and as brothers and sisters, and for this reason we must live in peace. The source of peace is love of neighbor, respect for his dignity, the promotion of rights, solidarity and also working together for the common good, which is the source of unity in diversity,” Paya said.

He then called on the Prague forum to support reconciliation among nations and the recognition of human rights.  “Rights lead to trust, order and justice.  They are essential, but they are not enough by themselves if there is no love.”

This year's Forum 2000 was held Oct. 10-12 under the theme, “The World We Want to Live In.” 


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

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)
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
Apr
18

Liturgical Calendar

April 18, 2014

Friday of the Passion of the Lord (Good Friday)

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Jn 18:1 - 19:42

Gospel
Date
04/18/14
04/17/14
04/16/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Is 52:13-53:12
Second Reading:: Heb 4:14-16; 5:7-9
Gospel:: Jn 18:1-19:42

Homily of the Day

Jn 18:1 - 19:42

Homily
Date
04/18/14
04/17/14
04/16/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: