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El Instituto Patmos entregó su IV Premio Anual al laico católico Dagoberto Valdés Hernández en una sencilla ceremonia en Pinar del Río que hizo coincidir con el Aniversario 500 de la Reforma Protestante.

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El Tribunal Municipal Popular de Pinar del Río ratificó la sentencia de tres años de cárcel que pidió la Fiscalía para la economista cubana Karina Gálvez, acusada por el régimen de un "delito de evasión fiscal".

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14ymedio, Havana, 5 August 2017 — Economist Karina Gálvez received the prosecution’s petition on Saturday for the alleged crime of “tax evasion.” According to this petition, the member of the Center for Coexistence Studies (CEC) could be sentenced to three years of house arrest and confiscation of her home, she informed 14ymedio. “A messenger from the Tribunal, … Continue reading "Prosecutors Demand Three Years in Prison for Karina Gálvez and the Confiscation of Her Home" Continue reading

"Gracias por su solidaridad en momentos duros de represión. Queremos dejar bien claro que no nos vamos de Cuba, no nos vamos de la Iglesia y seguiremos trabajando por el país", señaló el equipo de trabajo de la revista Convivencia en su página de Facebook.

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Diplomáticos de la Unión Europea (UE) visitaron el Centro de Estudios Convivencia (CEC) y su revista en Pinar del Río este jueves, según dio a conocer el propio centro en una nota en su página de Facebook.

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El Centro de Estudios Constituciones Iberoamericanos de la Ciudad de México celebró el seminario "El cambio constitucional y la democracia en Cuba" entre el 20 y 22 de febrero, según dio a conocer en una nota de prensa Manuel Cuesta Morúa.

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Karina Gálvez, la economista independiente y editora de la revista Convivencia, fue liberada a las 8:00 de la noche de este martes después de que su familia pagara "una fianza de 2.000 pesos cubanos" y tras estar detenida durante seis días, acusada

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El director del Centro de Estudios Convivencia, Dagoberto Valdés, fue citado este martes a comparecer en la sede de la Seguridad del Estado de Pinar del Río por el caso de la economista Karina Gálvez, detenida el pasado jueves 12 de enero.

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La economista independiente Karina Gálvez continuaba este lunes "detenida e incomunicada" en la sede de la Seguridad del Estado en Pinar del Río, donde "lleva ya cinco días" bajo arresto mientras permanece abierta una investigación en su contra, confirmó Dagoberto Valdés, director del Centro de Estudios Convivencia, a DIARIO DE CUBA.

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14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 21 January 2017 — The editor of the magazine Convivencia (Coexistence), the economist Karina Galvez, is still being held incommunicado 24 hours after a spectacular police raid on her home in Pinar del Río. Gálvez is accused of tax evasion, something that the editorial team of the Coexistence Study Center precluded in … Continue reading "Publisher of ‘Coexistence’ is Incommunicado in State Security Headquarters / 14ymedio, Mario Penton" Continue reading

Otro miembro del equipo de la revista Convivencia fue citado el viernes por la Seguridad del Estado para declarar con respecto al caso de la editora Karina Gálvez, que continúa bajo arresto en la sede del órgano represor en la provincia Pinar del Río.

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La economista independiente Karina Gálvez se mantiene "detenida e incomunicada", después de que el miércoles fuerzas del régimen ejecutaran un registro en su vivienda y fuera conducida más tarde a la sede de la Seguridad del Estado en Pinar del Río.

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14ymedio, Havana, 11 January 2017 — The economist Karina Galvez, a member of the editorial board of the magazine Convivencia (Coexistence) has been arrested and taken to the headquarters of State Security on the Pinar del Rio highway. Her home is sealed and family and friends are not allowed access. On Wednesday morning the police searched Galvez’s house. Several … Continue reading "Cuban Economist and Activist Karina Galvez Arrested And Taken To State Security Headquarters / 14ymedio" Continue reading

Desde el primero de septiembre hasta hoy, 14 miembros del Centro de Estudios Convivencia y su revista han sido citados por la Seguridad del Estado en Pinar del Río. Las últimas dos, este fin de semana a editoras que realizaron viajes al exterior. 

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14ymedio, Havana, 25 November 2016 — The meeting of the Center for Coexistence Studies (CEC) scheduled for Saturday in Pinar del Rio has been prohibited by State Security, as reported two officers to the organization’s director, Dagoberto Valdes. The men visited the house of the Catholic layman and they assured him that “high command” would not allow … Continue reading "Cuban State Security Prohibits Third Meeting Of Coexistence Studies Center / 14ymedio" Continue reading
14ymedio, Dagoberto Valdes, 25 November 2016 — At the stroke of noon today, 25 November 2016, two officials from State Security came to my house, Major Joaquin, who participated in my interrogation on 27 October, and another official. Major Joaquin said that they came to inform me that I would not be permitted to hold … Continue reading "Dagoberto Valdes Recounts His Conversation With Cuban State Security / 14ymedio, Dagoberto Valdes" Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 2 November 2016 — The arbitrary arrests of peaceful dissidents in Cuba marked the highest figure in the last three months in October, with 620 cases, according to the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation’s (CCDHRN) monthly report, released Wednesday. The report also cites 17 physical assaults, 39 acts of police harassment … Continue reading "Cuban Human Rights Group Denounces “Unstoppable Deterioration Of Civil And Political Rights” / 14ymedio" Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 28 October 2016 — The director of the Center for Coexistence Studies (CEC), Dagoberto Valdes, summoned to a meeting with State Security on Thursday, received “an official warning” which anticipates “the possibility of committing crimes against State Security as defined in the Penal Code.” Valdes, who remained at the police headquarters on the … Continue reading "From Today Your Life Will Be “Very Difficult,” State Security Tells Dagoberto Valdes / 14ymedio" Continue reading

La Seguridad del Estado ha advertido a Dagoberto Valdés, director del Centro de Estudios Convivencia, que a partir de ahora su vida será "muy difícil", según informó el propio laico en un mensaje al que tuvo acceso DIARIO DE CUBA.

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14ymedio, Havana, 19 October 2016 – The director of the Center for Coexistence Studies (CEC), Dagoberto Valdes, presented himself at ten o’clock on Wednesday morning at the headquarters of the State Security at Kilometer 4.5 of the highway to San Juan in Pinar del Rio, after receiving a summons to “address legal issues.” The interview, however, … Continue reading "“God bless you!”: The Unusual ‘Goodbye’ from a Cuban Official to Dagoberto Valdes" Continue reading

There are trying times up ahead for the opposition, as the regime continues to act with impunity, reported members of civil society consulted by DIARIO DE CUBA after a week of intense repression and violent surgical strikes against the independent Legal Information Centre (Cubalex).

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Vuelven tiempos difíciles para la oposición, y vuelven con impunidad para el régimen, han coincidido en señalar miembros de la sociedad civil consultados por DIARIO DE CUBA tras una semana de intensa represión y operativos violentos "a la medida", como el organizado contra el independiente Centro de Información Legal (Cubalex).

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14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 23 September 2016 — Tania de la Caridad Reyes and her husbandYosvany Alfonso were intercepted by police in Pinar del Río when they tried to reach the Coexistence Studies Center (CEC) to attend the course “My Neighborhood a Community.” Two police patrols forced them to return to Cienfuegos, where they reside. On Friday … Continue reading "Cuban State Security Prevents a Meeting of Pinar del Rio’s Coexistence Studies Center / 14ymedio, Mario Penton" Continue reading
[caption id="attachment_38293" align="aligncenter" width="623"] [1] Roberta Jacobson at 14ymedio’s offices[/caption]14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, 24 January 2015 -- In October of 2013 I had a conversation with Roberta Jacobson, via a Google hangout (videodebate), on democracy, technology and the role of women in activism. On that occasion, we interacted through a screen in the company of internauts interested in our chat. Now, we talked with a few inches between us, in a visit of the Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs made to our independent daily, 14ymedio, in Havana.Proximity has allowed me to confirm what I had already felt in our previous conversation, that this loquacious woman with an attentive gaze has a profound knowledge of the Cuban reality. It is no wonder that she has led the first round of conversations between Cuba and the United States after the December 17th announcement about the reestablishment of relations between both countries.Several members of our editorial board along with some collaborators met with Jacobson on the 14th floor of the Yugoslav-style building where our headquarters are located. Following is a transcript of a conversation, where we tried to address a wide spectrum of topics.Yoani Sánchez: Do we have reason to worry that pragmatism and the politics of rapprochement prevail above all else, and that the issue of human rights and civil liberties will be relegated to the background?Jacobson: The goals of our policy are exactly the same as before. It focuses on achieving a free country, where Cubans have the right to decide their future. The most important thing is how to get to that point, and we are aware that we have not been successful with the previous strategy. So we're trying to use a new policy of having diplomatic relations because we – and especially President Obama and Secretary Kerry – feel that it is important to have direct contact with the government.The most important thing is how we can empower the Cuban people in a more effective way and offer you more telecommunications opportunities to modernize your computer systems, to have access to information and to be part of the connected "global village.” It is a complex process, that is going to take time, but we are not going to set aside the issue of human rights and of democracy because they are in the center of this new policy as well.Reinaldo Escobar: The Cuban government has so far only put on the negotiating scale the release of 53 people – and I emphasis “release” because they are not liberations, because the majority have only been placed on parole. Can we expect new releases derived from these conversations?Jacobson: That was part of the conversation where we showed an interest in several people in Cuba. What was agreed in this process was the exchange between intelligence agents, one who has traveled to the United States and three who have returned to Cuba. The rest have been policies of each side, gestures, of self interest. We are going to continue implementing policies according to these interests, which we believe support the Cuban people.Reinaldo Escobar: We have learned that in Cuban prisons some of the prisoners who are on the list of political prisoners but who haven’t yet been released are promoting a hunger strike. Should they have any hope?Jacobson: I want to say something more: In the discussions of recent days, we have agreed to hold dialogs of many kinds. About cooperation, about the environment, anti-narcotics, etcetera, including the issue of human rights which was proposed by Cuba last year and which has now been accepted by us.We have different conceptions of this dialog and participating for us will be the experts on those issues, but we have said several times that we have never thought that after more than fifty years of this problem, it would be resolved overnight. We know that there are more people in the prisons and there are more elsewhere fighting for their rights.Eliezer Ávila: Some media have shown that in these conversations the formula is human rights versus economics. However, I understand politics as the mechanism for people to live more freely and to live well, so I see no conflict between one subject and another. Do you share that view?Jacobson: We totally agree that they are, not only complementary, but are essentially linked. We have talked, and we have heard the president, Secretary of State Kerry and Vice President Biden talk, about reaching a democratic, free, secure and prosperous hemisphere.Those are things that are all linked. How can we talk of a hemisphere that is prosperous, but does not have freedom? Or that has freedom but has nothing to eat? Or where there is plenty to eat and freedom but you can’t walk the streets because of insecurity and other dangers? These are things that are linked, but some are the responsibility of the governments to protect their citizens and to guarantee their fundamental rights, and others have to be met by the citizens themselves, but in a civilized society we have to talk about all these things.Eliezer Ávila: Hence also the importance of access to telecommunications and information...Jacobson: Yes, citizens must have access to information not only on issues of freedom and rights, they need access to information for their economic life. It is very important and this is one way in which they can have greater prosperity. So we are in total agreement that the economy and human rights are closely linked. There is no contradiction between them, none at all.Dagoberto Valdés: From January 21-25, 1998 we had the historic visit of Pope John Paul II to Cuba. For Cubans it was a visit of expectations and yours now is also. What do you think is the role of the Catholic Church as a mediator in the dialogue not only between the governments of Cuba and the United States, but the important dialogue that must take place ​​between civil society and government of Cuba?Jacobson: First I want to say that the role of Pope Francis and the Vatican was instrumental in our process with the Cuban Government. We know that the Vatican is always important in a process like this, but I would add that this pope is special to this region... "We are all Argentines at this moment..." So we appreciate the role of the Church.In the future, I think the role of the Church in Rome as well as the Church in Cuba will be very important. I had a conversation with the Cardinal and there are several initiatives by the Cuban Church in several areas, aimed at changes in economic, educational and other areas. In the Church, as in the field and the media, it is for Cubans to decide, not Americans.Yoani Sánchez: Thank you for your visit to our editorial offices. We deliver a printed version of 14ymedio with a weekly selection, which we do to circumvent censorship. We hope that one day our newspaper will be on newsstands nationwide.Roberta Jacobson: Thank you, I have felt very comfortable here, like with family.[1] http://translatingcuba.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Roberta-Jacobson-redaccion_CYMIMA20150124_0005_16.png Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 15 January 2015 — The new regulations on travel, insurance, the import of goods, remittances and telecommunications that the United States will put into effect with respect to Cuba as of Friday, have already provoked the first reactions … Continue reading Continue reading
14ymedio, Santiago de Cuba, 18 December 2014 — The news of the reestablishment of relations between Cuba and the United States has been embraced by opposition organizations in Cuba with optimism and hope that this agreement may facilitate the establishment of a … Continue reading Continue reading
Former Polish President Lech Walesa and Dagoberto Valdés   by Dagoberto Valdés Hernández A year ago I was able to realize one of my lifelong dreams: to visit Poland, a country that remained loyal to its faith and liberty. This … Continue reading Continue reading
The Nobel Peace Prize winner speaks with several Cuban activists on the situation of the island and the possibilities for democratic change 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Warsaw, 21 October 2014 — Vaclav Havel and Lech Walesa had an agreement that death … Continue reading Continue reading

El Centro para la Apertura y el Desarrollo de América Latina (CADAL) nominó al activista cubano Dagoberto Valdés Hernández para el Premio Internacional de Derechos Humanos Emilio F. Mignone, entregado por el Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto de Argentina.

La organización no gubernamental propuso al disidente "por considerarlo un actor destacado del movimiento democrático dentro de Cuba, que mediante una labor pacífica promueve el respeto de los Derechos Humanos y la apertura política en su país".

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El 15 de febrero del 2008, al subirse a internet el número 1 (enero-febrero), nació en Pinar del Río la revista Convivencia. Desde entonces, cinco años han transcurrido de salida ininterrumpida con frecuencia bimestral. La nueva publicación llamaba a habitar un horizonte amplio y a la vez íntimo, democrático, grávido de posibilidades y sin el flagelo de determinaciones excluyentes. "Un umbral para la ciudadanía y la sociedad civil en Cuba", como se titulaba el editorial del primer número, se convertiría en el lema de la revista.

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By Dagoberto Valdés Hernández For years I had a dream. Today it has been realized. Poland has always been part of my cultural, religious and freedom identity. Disappearing several times on the map of Europe, “semper fidelis” Poland maintained its … Continue reading Continue reading
Translator’s note: Our apologies for not having a subtitled version… As of this afternoon the latest chapter of Citizens’ Reasons will be available, dedicated to discussing a topic that is abstract but essential: Legitimacy. Participating on this... Continue reading
By Dagoberto Valdés On the afternoon of Sunday, 22 July 2012, we were surprised by unexpected and terrible news: Oswaldo Payá Sardiñas, founder and leader of the Christian Liberation Movement (MCL), had tragically died near the city of Bayama, seeki... Continue reading