Loading
Dissident slams U.N. and OAS for silence on torture in Cuba

.- The leader of the Christian Liberation Movement in Cuba, Oswaldo Paya, criticized the United Nations and the Organization of American States this week for responding with silence to the open letter he sent denouncing the torture that prisoners of conscience are being subjected to in Cuban jails.
 
“We have already denounced this situation [of torture] in a public letter addressed to the president of the United Nations General Assembly, Mr. Miguel Descoto, and the secretary general of the Organization of American States, and the response we received was just silence,” Paya said.
 
In a statement, Paya referred to the cases of Antonio Diaz and Rolando Jimenez, both being held in inhumane conditions, one at the Canaletas Prison and the other at the Guayabo Prison, for their promotion of the Varela Project. The project agitates for the rights of all Cubans in the face of the Castro regime's oppression.
 
“This duel between the jailers, the State security and the government on one side and the prisoners of conscience on the other is disproportionate and abusive, since the former has all of the powerful resources and cowardly metes out cruel treatment.” “The prisoners are at a total physical disadvantage in the face of such sadism,” Paya said.
 
He called on “Amnesty International, Justice and Peace and the U.N. Human Rights Commission, and on all people and institutions to urgently defend the dignity and lives of Antonio Diaz and Rolando Jimenez and of all prisoners of conscience in the jails of Cuba.”
 
Paya called the Communist government’s cruel treatment a sign of its “powerlessness and cowardice” against those who, with great courage and faith, refuse to give in, “because their cause is the defense of the rights of Cubans.”


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
24

Liturgical Calendar

April 24, 2014

Thursday within the Octave of Easter

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Lk 24:35-48

Gospel
Date
04/24/14
04/23/14
04/22/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Acts 3:11-26
Gospel:: Lk 24:35-48

Saint of the Day

Easter Sunday »

Saint
Date
04/24/14
04/22/14

Homily of the Day

Lk 24:35-48

Homily
Date
04/24/14
04/23/14
04/22/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: