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Open Letter to the President of the United States of America in relation to the policy of that country with respect to the Republic of Cuba.

 

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February 16, 2021 

Joe Biden, 

President of the United States of America. 

Congress of the United States 

Marja Verloop, 

Chargé d’Affaires 

U.S. Embassy in the Netherlands 

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Honorable members of the Government and Congress of the United States, honorable member of the foreign service of the United States of America.: 

Given the possibility of a new rapprochement between Cuba and the United States governments, we are writing to you to convey our impressions on this issue. Those of us who subscribe to this letter are members of different sectors of Cuban society, people with different ideologies and political positions but driven by the same desire for a democratic, prosperous Cuba that respects all people’s rights. Many of us accompany and participate with hope of the rapprochement (normalization) promoted during the Obama administration, and from the teachings of those experiences, we state: 

  • the unconditional release of all political prisoners in Cuba; an end to violence and repression committed against members of the internal opposition, independent civil society, and citizens; 
  • Respect in law and practice for fundamental human rights such as freedom of expression, association, and public demonstration. 

The United States is asked to express its solidarity with actions such as:

  • Publicly manifest the will to authorize and promote humanitarian aid from the American people to the citizens and civil society on the Island, preventing the regime’s intervention or benefit 
  • Punish politically, financially, diplomatically, and legally those responsible and accomplices of the repression and human rights violation policies. Consider using the Global Magnitsky Law to impose political and economic sanctions against agents involved in severe abuses. 
  • Denounce the dictatorship’s intrusive nature and open processes to people involved in crimes related to drug trafficking, human trafficking through “missions” abroad, activities related to terrorism, and other illegalities. . 
  • To invite the sister nations of the hemisphere and the multinational organizations (OAS, U.N., European Union) to take similar steps and be in solidarity with the Cuban people and their right to decide democratic change. 
  • Invite and promote the participation of independent Cuban civil society in international forums such as the Summit of the Americas and prohibit the regime’s involvement until it complies with the Inter-American Democratic Charter’s articles. 

Our Foundation also proposes to the Government and people of the United States the following elements to consider in a possible rapprochement with Cuba: 

  1. Continue and expand the Global Magnitsky Law, aimed at imposing political and economic sanctions against individuals, state and non-state agents involved in severe human rights abuses in Cuba, including middle and high-ranking officials, as well as businessmen and companies, known for supporting the regime that punishes non-violent dissidents. 
  2. In 2003, a U.S. grand jury charged the head of the Cuban air force, General Rubén Martínez Puente, and the brothers Lorenzo and Francisco Pérez-Pérez, the two MiG pilots involved in the February 24, 1996 shootdowns of Brothers to the Rescue of the four murders resulting from that action. Request that the

Department of Justice requests that the Secretary-General of INTERPOL issue “Red Notices”for the internationally wanted perpetrators involved in downing the two Brothers to the Rescue planes. 

  1. Promote the universal jurisdiction tool to bring the perpetrators of torture and ill-treatment in Cuba to justice. 
  2. Advocate an international investigation into the extrajudicial executions of Oswaldo Payá and Harold Cepero in 2012. 
  3. Work to reestablish the special rapporteur on Cuba through the U.N. Human Rights Council. 

The revision of the United States policy towards Cuba must support democracy and free and plural elections, without making unilateral concessions, but instead conditional on irreversible steps towards the recognition of human rights. Any eventual negotiation process that involves the current Cuban regime must recognize members of the opposition and civil society as interlocutors.. 

Best regards, 

 

Victor M Dueñas. 

President of the 

Foundation NewGeneration