Desde Dentro de Cuba.

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20 de Abril del 2000

THANK YOU, BROTHERS AND SISTERS! By Haydee Rodriguez, Cuba Free Press.

Santiago de Cuba.- From this eastern city the independent journalists have expressed their deepest gratitude for the governments of the Czech Republic and Poland for having offered a condemnation in the United Nations Human Rights' Commission of the systematic violation of human rights in Cuba. The gratitude also goes to the other democratic countries that supported the condemnation with their votes.

The independent journalists ask the community of free nations to be in solidarity with the suffering of the Cuban people and call for a special rapporteur to visit Cuba and go into the prisons and observe the subhuman conditions including beatings, overcrowding and dreadful diet of the prisoners.

The UN observer would see the constant harassment that the dissidents and peaceful critics of the government suffer for expressing their ideas or even for attending religious activities. The dissidents’ movement outside the city is controlled, causing trips to be cancelled and making them victims of searches, detentions and beatings.

These people are even denied the right to a decent job and when they try to work on their own account, government agents fine them heavily. That’s why so many critics of the regime find themselves in such terrible conditions that they can barely survive.

The journalists want the special U.N. reporter to interview independent freedom writers and leaders of different human rights’ groups and other organizations of domestic dissidence who carry out the risky job of spreading the word about this country by all means at their disposal, without resources and at times without even a piece of paper or a pencil to write with. One common difficulty consists of interruptions in communications by telephone abroad.

Despite the fact that the Cuban government was condemned for human rights' violations in 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 and now in 2000, the regime continues its repressive policy of violence against its own people, imprisoning and confining peaceful opponents even in their own land for the sole crime of proclaiming their ideas and defending their right to live with some decency and freedom.

One example is found the Group of Four Dissidents, headed by Vladimiro Roca Antunez with Marta Beatriz Roque Cabello, Rene Gomez Manzano and Felix Antonio Bonne Carcaces. They suffer long prison sentences solely for trying to proclaim their ideas through the document "The Homeland Belongs To All of Us."

There are also four independent journalists in prison plus Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet, Maritza Lugo and many others suffering unjust prison sentences for defending their views and opinions.

The Cuban government which styles itself as the "Paladin of democracy" and says it is “proud of its history," and the people's high values, "capacity for resistance" and “decision” to "defend the revolution, independence, justice and dignity at any price," ignores the 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, of which Cuba is a signatory. The regime constantly violates such rights.

Cubans need the U.N. group’s condemnation to be firmer so as to make this diminished, failed and obsolete communist system disappear forever after bringing the nation to ruin, dividing families and bringing great suffering, misery and destruction of what used to be called "Pearl of the Antilles."

Haydee Rodriguez, Cuba Free Press.

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