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Forum for Rights and Freedoms / Estado de Sats (see endnote)
Posted on January 17, 2015

Announcements made by United States President Barack Obama and his
administration have sparked an intense controversy about the Cuban
conflict. Many opponents and civil society activists, within the island
and in exile, have lamented, especially, the lack of transparency and
the unilateral and unconditional nature of the new measures.

It is indisputable and indispensable that Cubans be primarily
responsible for the fate of our nation, but we also expect an effective
commitment from the democratic community to the defense of fundamental
freedoms and the establishment of the Rule of Law in Cuba.

We who experience daily the violations of the Cuban regime and those who
from exile have suffered and are suffering the totalitarianism in their
home country, are key players in a process of transition. To ignore many
of our voices and to act from a single view of the problem, undermines
objectivity and endangers any political dialogue.

We are faced with two options. First, to accept the mutation of the
regime to an authoritarian capitalism, wherein Cubans will have to
resign themselves to pittances, while the heirs of the Castro regime
dispose of our rights and wealth. Second, to demand concrete and
measurable changes that will lead to the formation of a true democracy.

The demand to restore our freedoms is a prerequisite for a successful
political transition. Over these long 56 years of the dictatorship of a
single party, there have been multiple demands from activists and the
opposition who have called for the full exercise of those freedoms
inherent to human beings, and they have paid a high price for these demands.

The violation of fundamental rights in our country is validated by the
current legal system. We therefore consider that the ratification and
above all the legal implementation of the United Nations Covenant on
Civil and Political Rights and the Covenant on Economic, Social and
Cultural Rights, with their optional protocols, is a key tool as a
precondition and roadmap to solve the Cuban conflict. Equally, the rules
of the International Labour Organization give us a precise guide as to
how to work on the legal system of labor issues and trade union freedoms.

We hope that Latin American countries, the , , the
Holy See and the United States, as important political actors in the
Cuban situation, join us in this reasonable and urgent demand. We have
taken as a reference the partnership agreement signed between the
European Union and Central America in 2012, with a clear emphasis on
respect for and the promotion of democracy.

Upon ratification of these agreements we propose the following Roadmap
to ensure the effective and prompt implementation of the commitments
agreed to:

Immediate release and cancellation of sentences all political prisoners
(Amnesty decreed)
With regards to the Constitution, laws, regulations, procedures and
administrative practices: repeal of all those articles that violate the
International Covenants and relate to the freedoms of ,
association and trade unions, assembly, movement, conscience and
religion, economic and cultural. Establish full guarantees for the
exercise of those freedoms
With regards to the Penal Code: elimination of the concept of
pre-criminal dangerousness, as well as all rules that can contribute to
arrests, arbitrary detentions and acts of harassment in violation of
agreements made
Restoration of judicial and constitutional guarantees to the right
of due process
New Law of Association that includes a multiparty system and guarantees
for the of assembly. With regards to trade union rights it must
take into account the standards set by the ILO
New Media Law that guarantees freedom of expression and the free flow of
information
New election law (Restoration of National Sovereignty)
We believe that every step must be conditioned on the progress of the
roadmap mentioned above, based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Our ultimate goal is to move to a true democracy with political
pluralism, judicial independence, freedom and human rights. Where Cubans
can through consultation and free and transparent elections, as well as
the realization of a constituent assembly, define the destiny of our nation.

All genuine actors of the opposition and civil society, through their
projects and demands, within the island and in exile, have to be an
active part of any process that seeks a solution to the Cuban conflict.

At stake is the very future of the nation. We exercise the great
responsibility that is ours.

Note: The Forum does belong to Estado de Sats (State of Sats). Those
signing this Roadmap are artists, journalists, academics, trade
unionists and opponents of various groups within the island and in exile.

Signatures are still being accepted:

Ada María López Canino
Adelma Guerra
Adis Niria Dallet Argüelles
Adnaloy Rodríguez Díaz
Adonis Salgado Pérez
Adrian Perez Mendoza
Agustín López canino
Aida Norma Roque
Aidé Gallardo Salazar
Ailer González Mena
Alberto Sanchez Martiatu
Alejandro Raga
Alejandro Garcia Arias
Alexis Pérez Lescailles
Alexis Jardines
Alfredo Guillermo Rodríguez
Alina Brouwer
Alina de la C García
Aliuska Gómez García
Amelia Suarez Naranjo
Ana Torricella Morales
Anay Peñalver Subit
Andrés Pérez Suarez
Ángel De Fana
Ángel Luis Díaz
Ángel Luis Martín
Ángel Moya Acosta
Ángel Santiesteban Prats
Anislay Escalona Polo
Antonio G. Rodiles
Arelis Blanco Coello
Arelis Rodríguez Silva
Ariadna Mena Rubio
Ariel Gonzalez Cuevas
Ariobel Castillo Villalba
Armando Abascal Serrano
Armando Peraza Hernández
Bárbara Rodríguez Vizcaíno
Barbara Viera Rodriguez
Benito Fojaco Iser
Berta Soler Fernández
Borris Larramendi
Camilo Ernesto Olivera Peidro
Caridad Ramírez
Caridad Valdés Soriano
Carlos Lázaro Tamayo Frías
Carlos M Figueroa Álvarez
Carlos M Hernández
Carlos Manuel Figueroa
Carlos Orlando Olivera Martinez
Carlos Rodríguez Seruto
Cecilia Guerra Alfonso
Claudio Fuentes Madan
Cristina Xiomara Duques
Dairon Moisés Torre Paz
Dairy Coello Basulto
Daisy Artiles del Sol
Damaris Reve Rodríguez
Damarys Moya Portieles
Damián Albert Suviaut
Danai López Perdomo
Danaise Muños López
Dandy Lazo
David Águila Montero
Delises González Borrego
Digna Rodriguez Ibanez
Duvier Blanco Acosta
Edely Orlando Suarez
Eduardo González Molina
Eduardo Marcos Pacheco Ortiz
Egberto Ángel Escobedo Morales
Elena Larrinaga
Elías Amor
Enrico M. Santí
Enrique Díaz Rodríguez
Enrique Martínez Marín
Enrique Rafael Valido
Eralidis Frometa Polanco
Ernesto Gutiérrez
Ernesto Fonseca Garcia
Ernesto Hernandez Busto
Esteban Ajetes Abascal
Eugenia Díaz Hernández
Eugenio Hernández Hernández
Evelin Pineda Concepción
Félix Navarro
Félix Perez Palenzuela
Francisco Rangel Manzano
Francisco Valido
Frank Calzón
Frank Cosme Valdés
Gisela Sánchez Baños
Gladis Capote Roque
Gloria Samper Oliva
Gorki Águila
Guillermo Fariñas Hernández
Guillermo García V
Gustavo Garabito Gómez
Haymee Moya Montes de Oca
Hugo Damian Prieto Blanco
Igdariz Pérez Ponciano
Ignacio Blanco Jimenez
Iris Quindelan
Iván Founier Costa
Ivonne de las Mercedes Abreu
Jaime Suchlicki
Jaqueline Bone Hechevarria
Jaqueline Cutiño Leite
Jeovani Díaz López
Jesús Aristides Hernandez Pérez
Joel Brito
Jordanca Borquinelis
Jorge Enrique Carbonell
Jorge Luis Artiles Montiel
Jorge Luis García Ostia
Jorge Luis Romero Becerra
Jorge Luis Trujillo González
Jorge Olivera Castillo
Jorge Rodríguez Rivero
José Agustín Benítez López
José Azel
Jose G. Ramón Castillo
José Díaz silva
José Hernandez Lopez
José Ignacio Brito
José Luis León Pérez
José Ramón Polo Borges
José Raúl Rodriguez Rangel
Juan Alberto de la Nuez Ramirez
Juan Antonio Blanco
Juan Carlos Linares Balmaseda
Juan González Febles
Juan Manuel Lora Vidal
Julia Herrera Roque
Julio Aleaga Pesant
Julio Antonio Ramírez
Julio Herrera Roque
Julio Rojas Portal
Kessell Rodríguez Rodríguez
Kirenia Molina
Laritza Olivares Dinza
Laudelina Alcalde García
Laura Marante
Laura Marante Delgado
Lazara B. Sendiña Recalde
Lazara M Borrego Guzmán
Lázaro Díaz Sánchez
Lazaro Mendoza Garcia
Lázaro Fresneda Fernández
Lázaro Luis Ruíz Hechevarria
Lázaro R Armenteros Martorel
Lázaro Yosvani Montesino
Lázaro Yuri Valle Roca
León Padrón Azcui
Liset Naranjo
Lismeirys Quintana Ávila
Livan Serafín
Lourdes Esquivel
Lucia Molina Villegas
Lucinda González Gómez
Luis Alberto Cruz Silva
Luis Bárbaro Ortega Avenza
Luis Cino Álvarez
Luis Enrique Labrador Díaz
Luis Jesús Gutiérrez Campos
Luisa R Toscano
Maikel Norton Cordero
Mailen González González
Manuel Aguirre Labarrere
Marcelino Lorenzo Fernández
Margarita Rodríguez Díaz
María Acon Sardiñas
María cristina Labrada Varona
María Josefa Sardiñas
María Rosa Rodríguez Molina
Marislaidys Sánchez Vargas
Maritza concepción Salmiento
Mark Alonso Parada
Marta Belquis Rodríguez González
Mayelin Peña Bullain
Mayelin Santiesteban López
Maylin González González
Melvia Aguilera
Mercedes Pérez
Merenis Herry García
Mijail Bonito
Miguel Ángel Tamayo Frías
Miguel Daniel Borroto Vázquez
Miguel Quey
Mista Ricardo Torres
Nelson Rodríguez Chartrand
Nilo Gilbert Arencibia
Noelvis León López
O Díaz Becerra
Odelin Alfonso torna
Olaida del Castillo Trujillo
Olga Lidia Torres iglesias
Omar Suarez Campo
Orlando Rodriguez Rodriguez
Orlando Villar de Armas
Oscar Luis Milian Reinoso
Oslien Noda Fonseca
Osmal Laffita Rojas
Osmani Díaz Cristo
Oylin Hernández Rodríguez
Paulino Estévez Jiménez
Pedro Fontanal Miranda
Pedro Roig
Quirenia Díaz Argüelles
Rachel Gamboa Campos
Rafael Hernández Blanco
Rafael Rodríguez Rivero
Raisel Rodríguez Rivero
Ramon Alejandro Munoz Gonzalez
Ramón Jiménez Arencibia
Ramón Mor Hernández
Ramon Zamoza Rodriguez
Raquel María Rodríguez Morejón
Raúl Borges Álvarez
Regla Ríos Casado
Reinaldo Figueros
Reinaldo Martínez
Roberto Arsenio López Ramos
Roberto Pupo Tejeda
Rogelio Fabio Hurtado Rodríguez
Rolando Espinosa
Rolando Reyes Rabanal
Rolando Rodríguez Rivero
Ronny Gámez Luna
Rosalinda Visiedo Gómez
Roxilene Sotolongo Cruz
Saúl González
Santiago Jordan Rios
Sebastian Arcos
Serafín Moran Santiago
Serafín Moran Santiago
Sergio Girat Estrada
Smith Cantillo Pérez
Sodrelis Torruella Poncio
Sonia Álvarez Campello
Sonia Garro Alfonso
Stewe Maikel Pardo Valdez
Tamara Rodríguez Quesada
Ubaldo Herrero Hernández
Vicente Campanioni
Vicente Sebastián Borges
Virgen Coello Basulto
Vladimir Ortiz Suarez
Vladimir Turru Paez
Xiomara de las M Cruz Miranda
Yadelys Montano León
Yaimel Rodríguez Arroyo
Yamile Borges Hurtado
Yamile Garro Alfonso
Yamile Naranjo
Yaneisi Herrera Cabrales
Yanisel Bosa Garrido
Yanitza Estrada Liranza
Yasil Fernández Denis
Yasmani Barroso Bergolla
Yasmani Barroso Pergolla
Yasmani Cuesta González
Yelky Páez Rodríguez
Yeniset Aguilera
Yoan Guzmán Díaz
Yoisy Jaramillo Sánchez
Yolanda Santana Ayala
Yoraida Peña Padilla
Yosbani Arce Blanco
Yuleidis Ortiz
Yuliet Margarita Rodríguez Báez
Yulinne Tamayo Frías
Yuneisis Coto Casino
Yuniesqui Gainza
Yuniset Amores Aguilera
Yurineisi Alemán
Yurleani Tamayo Martínez
Yuslaidis Balero Concepción
Zaqueo Báez Guerrero
Zenen Daniel Cruz
Zulema Lay

Source: Forum for Rights and Freedoms / Estado de Sats (see endnote) |
Translating Cuba –
http://translatingcuba.com/forum-for-rights-and-freedoms-estado-de-sats-see-endnote/

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