Cuban dissidents meet; demand recognition of independent society

With the call to action “(the) hour for Cubans,” a group of prominent Cuban dissidents and activists gathered in Miami on Wednesday to discuss the beginning of democratization of Cuba and the relationship with the U.S. The activists announced several dissidents from the island joined forces with exiles in Miami to take part in a Convention for Democracy in Cuba. The meeting is being held at the Cuba Ocho center in Little Havana, on the birth date of Cuba’s national hero José Martí. It could serve as a center of dialogue among Cubans of diverse backgrounds. SEE ALSO: Fidel Castro breaks silence on US and Cuba efforts to renew diplomatic ties Topics of discussion will focus on four important points: the release of all political prisoners and an end to political repression; respect by the Cuban government of the United Nations’ human rights covenants and other international agreements; the recognition of Cuba’s independent civil society as a “valid interlocutor”; and the implementation of constitutional and legal reforms. This call to action follows the historic talks in Havana last week between Cuban and U.S. diplomats to restore relations between the two nations after more than 50 years. Manuel Cuesta Morúa, leader of a group called Arco Progresista (Progressive Arc) believes all Cubans, whether on the island or not, must come together and work as a team in order to build democracy. Differences of ideologies do not matter; what is most important now is the nation of Cuba. SEE ALSO: Cuba digs in heels on concessions as part of better US ties  According to the Miami Herald, Morúa was joined at the press conference at the University of Miami’s Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies by other prominent activists, including Dagoberto Valdés, Eliécer Ávila of the group Somos Más (We are More), attorneys Laritza Diversent and Wilfredo Vallín, as well as Fernando Palacio of the opposition group Partido Solidaridad Liberal Cubano (Cuban Solidarity Liberal Party). At the same time that this meeting will be taking place, more than 400 activists across the island will be having similar talks about the future of Cuba.The post Cuban dissidents meet; demand recognition of independent society appeared first on Voxxi.

Miniature flags representing Cuba and the U.S. are displayed on the dash of an American classic car in Havana, Cuba. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)

With the call to action “(the) hour for Cubans,” a group of prominent Cuban dissidents and activists gathered in Miami on Wednesday to discuss the beginning of democratization of Cuba and the relationship with the U.S.

The activists announced several dissidents from the island joined forces with exiles in Miami to take part in a Convention for Democracy in Cuba. The meeting is being held at the Cuba Ocho center in Little Havana, on the birth date of Cuba’s national hero José Martí. It could serve as a center of dialogue among Cubans of diverse backgrounds.

SEE ALSO: Fidel Castro breaks silence on US and Cuba efforts to renew diplomatic ties

Topics of discussion will focus on four important points: the release of all political prisoners and an end to political repression; respect by the Cuban government of the United Nations’ human rights covenants and other international agreements; the recognition of Cuba’s independent civil society as a “valid interlocutor”; and the implementation of constitutional and legal reforms.

This call to action follows the historic talks in Havana last week between Cuban and U.S. diplomats to restore relations between the two nations after more than 50 years.

Manuel Cuesta Morúa, leader of a group called Arco Progresista (Progressive Arc) believes all Cubans, whether on the island or not, must come together and work as a team in order to build democracy. Differences of ideologies do not matter; what is most important now is the nation of Cuba.

SEE ALSO: Cuba digs in heels on concessions as part of better US ties 

According to the Miami Herald, Morúa was joined at the press conference at the University of Miami’s Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies by other prominent activists, including Dagoberto Valdés, Eliécer Ávila of the group Somos Más (We are More), attorneys Laritza Diversent and Wilfredo Vallín, as well as Fernando Palacio of the opposition group Partido Solidaridad Liberal Cubano (Cuban Solidarity Liberal Party).

At the same time that this meeting will be taking place, more than 400 activists across the island will be having similar talks about the future of Cuba.

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