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Rosa Maria Payá

Rosa María Payá

En la madrugada del pasado 1 de septiembre, lo volvieron a hacer. Sucedió tal como hace 14 años, cuando en marzo de 2003 el régimen cubano arrestó a decenas de activistas del Proyecto Varela y periodistas independientes. Esta vez el asalto duró 10 horas.

Escuchar la narración de las vejaciones perpetradas por la policía política al hogar del exprisionero de conciencia Iván Hernández Carrillo fue como volver a vivir el horror desatado en el 2003, cuando la represión intentó abortar la Primavera de Cuba, como llamaba mi padre Oswaldo Payá a aquella coyuntura histórica donde la dictadura se sintió más expuesta y arrinconada que nunca.

En dos días, los represores del Ministerio del Interior irrumpieron en las casas de la mayor parte de los líderes del Proyecto Varela, la mayoría, amigos entrañables de nuestra familia. La causa detonante fue que esa iniciativa legal contaba y cuenta con el apoyo no sólo de la sociedad civil, sino también de gran parte de la ciudadanía, lo que bastó para que terminaran encarcelando a 75 opositores pacíficos a lo largo de toda la Isla. En aquella ocasión los registros también parecieron ser eternos, como ahora, brutalmente humillantes.

[[QUOTE:Alrededor de 50 personas, entre policías, tropas especiales y agentes de la Seguridad del Estado, registraron minuciosamente cada espacio de la casa de Iván Hernández]]A Iván Hernández le golpearon en la puerta de la casa donde vive con su familia, en el municipio de Colón, provincia de Matanzas. Fue antes del amanecer, cuando aún dormían. Él pidió un tiempo para vestirse antes de abrir y fue cuando rompieron la puerta y la abrieron a la fuerza.

La policía entró, y también dos perros pastores alemanes. Con gran violencia lo empujaron contra la pared mientras le viraban el cuello.

Inmediatamente, le pusieron las esposas con las manos a la espalda. También a su madre, Asunción Carrillo, una señora de 65 años. Después, los empujarían a los dos dentro de los carros patrulleros y ambos permanecerían detenidos arbitrariamente hasta el anochecer.

Entonces comenzó la requisa, seguida por el robo. Alrededor de 50 personas, entre policías, tropas especiales y agentes de la Seguridad del Estado, registraron minuciosamente cada espacio de la casa, incluidos los contenedores de basura. Y se llevaron todo lo que encontraron a su paso: su teléfono celular y el teléfono fijo, los ventiladores, la computadora, un viejo aparato de fax, una tableta, el reloj, el televisor, toda su papelería de trabajo y personal, el escaso material de oficina de que disponía, los lápices, los bolígrafos, la presilladora. Cual rateros de barrio, se robaron incluso parte de la ropa y los zapatos.

También se llevaron todos sus libros, alrededor de 2000 ejemplares reunidos durante años y años, los que componían su biblioteca independiente y sus volúmenes privados. Todos eran libros que ellos ponían a disposición de la comunidad en calidad de préstamos, de manera totalmente gratuita.

Así se robaron la colección íntegra de las Obras Completas de José Martí, la que los oficiales del G-2 seguramente no han leído ni leerán, ignorantes incluso de las frases de reprobación que el Apóstol dedicó al marxismo, en tanto doctrina de odio que se da a la tarea de echar a los hombres sobre los hombres.

Pero tal y como hace 14 años, el mensaje principal de este ataque policial tampoco hoy está dirigido prioritariamente contra el coraje de los opositores agredidos, sino que pretende descorazonar a sus familias, vecinos, amigos, y al resto de los cubanos, vivan donde vivan. El mensaje es el terror en su estado puro: esa fue la fuente y será el legado de la llamada Revolución cubana. El objetivo es la parálisis de nuestro pueblo. La razón es el miedo de un régimen que se sabe vulnerable.

[[QUOTE:Este ensañamiento expone lo débil que se percibe a sí misma la élite corporativa-militar que por ahora ciertamente posee todo el poder en Cuba y que ha secuestrado a nuestra soberanía nacional]]En verdad, este ensañamiento expone lo débil que se percibe a sí misma la élite corporativa-militar que por ahora ciertamente posee todo el poder en Cuba y que ha secuestrado a nuestra soberanía nacional, pero que no supo, no sabe y nunca podrá lidiar con la diferencia, por eso lo solo atinan a intentar aniquilarla.

Pero la tarea de exterminar la diferencia es humanamente imposible y el sistema socioeconómico en Cuba fracasó hace décadas, la dinastía no tiene nada que ofrecer. Por eso reprime sin miramientos, pero por eso también ha de desaparecer como régimen. Estamos hoy mucho más cerca de la libertad de lo que aparentan con su atrocidad. Porque los cubanos, como cualquier ser humano, queremos ser los dueños de nuestra propia vida (una vida en la verdad y no en la simulación), realizar nuestras ideas más creativas, y aprovechar las oportunidades que nosotros mismos seamos capaces de crear.

Por esa causa noble trabaja Iván Hernández junto a muchos otros, promoviendo el derecho a decidir del pueblo cubano con la campaña ciudadana de Cuba Decide, a la que todos estamos invitados. Es la causa impostergable de la democratización de un país que no merece quedarse al margen del concierto de las sociedades contemporáneas. Es la causa con la que, más temprano que tarde, se levantará la nación cubana.

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Cubanet, Ignacio González and Osmel Almaguer, Havana, 11 May 2015 — Rosa María Payá, daughter of the late fighter for human rights in Cuba, Oswaldo Paya, arrived in Havana on Monday morning, from the Miami airport, in order to reunite … Continue reading Continue reading
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[caption id="attachment_39813" align="aligncenter" width="657"] [1] A butcher shop in Havana with a photo of Fidel. (Source  Enrique de la Osa, Reuters)[/caption]El Mundo, Rosa Maria Paya Acevedo, 12 April 2015 – Although the current Summit of the Americas in Panama has been a blackboard where the peoples of the Americas have been forced – once again – to choke on the barbarian mouthful of that old subject that is Cuban totalitarianism, hope is renewed by the attitude of consistency and solidarity assumed by the diverse civil society of the Americas.Today in Cuba a self-transition from Power to Power is being cooked up, which tries to ignore the will of the Cuban people and its exile, while enthroning the military elite after a masquerade of reforms which decriminalize certain economic concessions but continue to hijack all the rights of the citizenry.Since landing in the sister nation of Panama, I have re-experienced firsthand repression in the style of the Cuban regime. The sincere apologies of the Panamanian Foreign Ministry lose force in the face of all the abuses it allowed to take place against the independent civil society of Cuba and all of the Americas.Only Cuban civil society activists and the foreigners who work with us were threatened and detained in Panama. But there were no consequences for Cuban State Security agents – such as Alexis Alfonso Frutos Weeden – who beat their peaceful countrymen openly in the street, simply for thinking that our beloved Cuban deserves, after more than half a century without plural elections, an alternative to totalitarianism. Similarly, these agents boycotted the discussion tables of civil society and beat accredited foreigners.As on the Island in Panama as well: the Cuban opposition has been found a priori guilty in the eyes of authority. The marvelous-real isthmus thus turned into the magically-repressive. Hence, we civil society members elevate our demand for democracy in Latin America to the Organization of American States, in hopes of catching less indolent ears than those of the OAS’s outgoing secretary general.However, the documents read in the plenary session at the end were indeed the consensus of the civil society of all of the Americas. The regime’s rudeness did not serve it well, as before the intolerant cry of “There will be no Forum,” the consistent voice of Latin American civil society was raised, supporting the implementation of “binding mechanisms for consulting the citizenry, such as plebiscites and referendums.”Civil society forged networks to demand a life in truth. We young Latin Americans refuse to be subjects of alliances and hegemonies which, with a rhetoric more or less revolutionary, claim the lives of Venezuelan or Mexican students, gag the press in Nicaragua or in Ecuador, and condemn Cubans to a dynastic totalitarianism in perpetuity.As my father Oswaldo Paya said so many times before his extrajudicial execution in Cuba on Sunday, 22 July 2012: dictatorships are not of the left of the right: they are just dictatorships. Because rights have no political color, no race, no culture. Because the dignity of the human person in an inalienable gift far beyond the markets and the State.For this reason we are now working on the citizen initiative Cuba Decides, which proposes holding a plebiscite, which we presented in the parallel summits and in the Civil Society Forum in Panama. After decades of dictatorship, the Cuban government does not represent the people. Nor do we pretend to speak for all Cubans, but we do want the Cuban people to have a voice.The world’s democracies have the opportunity today to pay less media homage to handshakes between the elected president of the White House and the hereditary general of the Plaza of the Revolution, and to prioritize the agenda of accompanying Cubans in our liberation, asking the people in a plebiscite to return to us our sovereignty.Translated from the original Spanish published in El Mundo [2]. [1] http://translatingcuba.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/14287747834264.jpg [2] http://www.elmundo.es/internacional/2015/04/12/55295f9722601d1f0e8b456e.html Continue reading
[caption id="attachment_39763" align="aligncenter" width="584"] [1] Click on image to open Cuba Decides site[/caption]For over half a century Cubans have been excluded from the political, economic and social decisions made in our nation. The group in power in Cuba has never been legitimized by democratic elections. The government is responsible for the repression and violence against those with opinions and alternative initiatives.The absence of an environment of law and self-determination, has plunged the people into poverty and has led our country to economic and social failure, accompanied by constant mass exodus of its citizens.We are aware that only Cubans corresponds us to define and decide on the changes needed in our society and so do our national project. But for citizens to design, approve and build their future, must be guaranteed by law rights and an atmosphere of trust and respect for all achieved. In this way we can make a genuine national dialogue and begin the process of legal changes, without exception, for the people to retain or sovereignly change that decision. So proclaim and work for the people to be consulted in a plebiscite. There will be no transition to democracy in Cuba if Cubans are again excluded.Our proposal continues the citizen petition the Varela Project. Bill that 25,404 Cubans with voting rights submitted to the National Assembly of People's Power, supported by article 63 of the Constitution of the Republic. The National Assembly has yet to respond to these citizens.Our demand [2] considers Articles 19, 20 and 21 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Cuban state as one of its signatories committed themselves to achieve, in cooperation with the United Nations, the effective universal respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.The Cubans are one people. All, without classify and divide them by their ideas, beliefs, race, political positions or country of residence, are called to promote and participate in this plebiscite.No one should question the changes that the people want is freedom, reconciliation and all rights. For these goals and work peacefully fight the opposition inside and outside Cuba. But the great lack of Cubans is that we have no voice, no democratic means to express ourselves as the government and some in the world claim to speak for our people. Hence our demand to the government of Cuba, is to conduct a plebiscite for the people to express itself supremely 1 and decide on the following proposal:Are you in agreement with that free elections held shall exercise the freedom of expression and Press and organizing freely in political parties and social organizations with full plurality? Yes or No?  Urging all Cubans wherever they are to join this lawsuit. We invite governments, the democratic institutions and the men and women of good will in the world to support the sovereignty and self-determination of our people, which is to support the right to decide for Cubans, through a plebiscite.[1] http://translatingcuba.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Plebiscito.jpg [2] http://cubadecide.com/plebiscito/ Continue reading
[1] In recent years my country has been engaged in a deception. The Cuban government is changing the Law, but ignoring the rights of the people, which were sequestered over half a century ago. More people are allowed to enter and leave the country, but the regime decides who can enjoy this “privilege”. The migratory reform was established as a control mechanism. For example, the government has invalidated the passport of the artist Tania Bruguera for attempting a performance in Havana. Sonia Garro, a member of the Ladies in White, and one of the political prisoners released during the Washington-Havana secret deal, cannot travel abroad and thus she is still a hostage of the government, as Alan Gross was for 5 years. The same applies to the former prisoners of the Cause of the 75 from the spring of 2003. The Cuban government has permitted more people to operate small businesses, but due to the Cuban laws, entrepreneurs cannot be a factor to foster democracy because their existence as “private” owners depends on their submission to the government. There cannot be free markets where there are no free persons. The Cuban government said it would free 53 political prisoners, but instead it released them on parole. Meanwhile, many others were not freed at all. Yosvani Melchor was transferred to a maximum security prison last December. He was put in prison 4 years ago for being the son of a member of the Christian Liberation Movement, who refused to cooperate with State Security. The young artist Danilo Maldonado, known as El Sexto, was imprisoned after December 17 without committing any crime. The regime turns political prisoners into pieces to be exchanged, because they can catch-and-release at will more political prisoners, and democratic nations accept this blackmail with innocent citizens. As my father did, four months before he was killed, I denounce the regime’s attempt to impose a fraudulent change, and I denounce the interests that hamper a real transition and the recovery of our sovereignty. My father also denounced the attempt to link groups of exiles to this fraudulent change. He said, “The diaspora is the diaspora because they are Cuban exiles to whom the regime denied all rights, as they do to all Cubans. In such a context of oppression, without rights and without transparency, the insertion of the diaspora would only be part of the fraudulent changes.” As the engagement would be fraudulent, if the United States were to accept the rule of the Cuban government. We have never asked our people to be isolated or embargoed, but engagement will only be real if it occurs between free peoples. We urge you to truly open up to Cuba, but to advance a helping hand is essential the solidarity with the Cuban citizenry. It is essential to support the peaceful and legal changes that thousands of Cubans have presented to their fellow citizens and to the Cuban Parliament, an alternative that allows our people to decide their own future. There is no respect for the self-determination of the Cuban people when negotiations are a secret pact between elites, or when there is no mention that the Cubans can participate or be represented in their own society. I know that the US Congress and the Administration will do what you think is best for this country, which has served as refuge for nearly 20% of our population. But only a real transition to democracy in Cuba can guarantee stability for the hemisphere. We the Cubans are not Chinese, we are not Vietnamese, and we definitely won’t accept a Putin-like model towards despotism. The strategy to prevent a mass exodus from Cuba is not by saving the interests of the group now in control, this is an unstable equilibrium that could end in more social chaos and violence. In fact, this country is already facing a Cuban migratory crisis, despite the record numbers of US visas granted. More than 6,500 Cubans arrived in the United States via the Mexican border since last October, and more than 17,000 did so in the previous year. With or without the Cuban Adjustment Act, this situation will get worse because of the attempts of those in power in Cuba for self-preservation of the status quo. We Cubans want real changes, to design the prosperous country that we deserve and can build. The only violence here comes from the Cuban military against Cubans, that’s why the solution is a peaceful transition, not an appeasement. The way that you can promote stability in the region is through supporting strategies that engage the popular will, to reach the end of totalitarianism with dignity for everyone. You have the opportunity to support the petition for a constitutional plebiscite in favor of multi-party and free elections, already signed by thousands of citizens in the Varela Project, as is allowed for the Cuban constitution. There is an active campaign by Cubans from all over the globe, asking for rights for all Cubans and the Plebiscite, which is a first vote for the long-lasting changes that Cuba needs. On 22 July 2012, Cuban State Security detained the car in which my father, Oswaldo Payá, and my friend Harold Cepero, along with two young European politicians, were traveling. All of them survived, but my father disappeared for hours only to reappear dead, in the hospital in which Harold would die without medical attention. The Cuban government wouldn’t have dared to carry out its death threats against my father if the US government and the democratic world had been showing solidarity. If you turn your face, impunity rages. While you slept, the regime was conceiving their cleansing of the pro-democracy leaders to come. While you sleep, a second generation of dictators is planning with impunity their next crimes. That is why we hope that this Congress demands that the petition for an independent investigation, regarding the attack against Oswaldo Paya and Harold Cepero, be included in the negotiations with the Cuban government, and that we hear publicly what response is given to this point.  Knowing the whole truth is essential in any transition process, and to tolerate impunity is to endanger the lives of all Cubans wherever we live. Don’t turn your backs on Cubans again; don’t earn the distrust of the new actors of our inevitably free future, in exchange for complicity with a gerontocracy who belongs to the Cold War era. I want to conclude with the words my father wrote to President Obama 5 years ago: “Your government must move forward and extend a hand to the people and government of Cuba, but with the request that the hands of Cuban citizens not be tied. Otherwise, the opening will only be for the Cuban government, and will be another episode of an international spectacle full of hypocrisy. A spectacle that reinforces oppression, and plunges the Cuban people deeper into the lie and total defenselessness, seriously damaging the desire of Cubans for the inevitable changes to be achieved peacefully. The pursuit of friendship between the United States of America and Cuba is inseparable from the pursuit of liberty. We want to be free and be friends.” God bless and protect our peoples. Thank you.Rosa María Payá Acevedo3 February 2015Original in English[1] https://orlandolunes.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/4cb0b-rosa.jpg Continue reading
[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Td06Owrr5Dk[/embed]24 January 2015 Continue reading
Remarks of human rights advocate Rosa Maria Payá on why Cuba should not be elected to the UN Rights Council, delivered at UN headquarters on November 4, 2013, at a press conference organized by UN Watch and the Human Rights … Continue reading Continue reading
Rosa Maria Payá at the European Union’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought award ceremony in Strasbourg, France, in front of a photo of her father, Oswaldo Payá, receiving the prize in 2002. Continue reading
By Lilianne Ruíz HAVANA, Cuba, May, www.cubanet.org.- Rosa María Payá, daughter of the late leader of the Christian Liberation Movement, returned to Cuba after finishing a tour with the main objective of promoting an international investigation to clarify the circumstances that … Continue reading Continue reading
Estoy convencida, el mayor de los peligros para este régimen es la esperanza. Esa que nos conecta con el futuro y nos permite poner en tela de juicio la perpetuidad del orden de las cosas. Continue reading