Join today’s collective graffiti project inside and outside the island, to support the campaign Por Otra Cuba/For Another Cuba, that two years ago demanded of Havana the ratification of the United Nations Covenants on Civil and Political Rights and on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, signed at the UN in 2008.
As Cubans, legitimate children of this land and an essential part of our nation, we feel a deep sorrow at the prolonged crisis that we are experiencing and the demonstrated inability of the current government to make fundamental changes. This obliges us, from civil society, to seek and demand our own solutions.
The miserable incomes, shortages of food and shelter, the massive emigration due to lack of opportunities, the discrimination against those who think differently, the absence of spaces for public debate, the arbitrary arrests and lack of citizen rights, the corruption and the tenure and inability to remove the ruling elite, are some of the symptoms of the difficult reality facing us.
We want to debate publicly the dual currency, immigration restrictions, rights of workers to a living wage, the right of all Cubans, wherever they live, to promote economic initiatives in their own country, the demographic crisis, free access to the Internet and new technologies. We want to discuss the exercise of democracy.
The Constitution of the Republic of Cuba establishes:
In its Article 3: In the Republic of Cuba sovereignty resides in the people from whom all the power of the State originates.
And in its Article 63: Every citizen has the right to direct complaints and petitions to the authorities and to receive the appropriate attention or responses in a timely manner, according to law.
WE DEMAND THE CUBAN GOVERNMENT:
Immediately implement the essential legal guarantees and policies conceived in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and ratify the United Nations Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights, signed by the Government of Cuba on February 28, 2008 in New York City. This would ensure full respect for citizens regardless of their ideas or their political-social actions and restore the rights of everyone who, in their opinions, disagrees with the government. We consider these rights essential to the formation of a modern, free and plural Cuba that will receive us all equally and place our sovereignty in a dynamic and increasingly global world.
We are committed to democratic transformation where everyone can contribute their views and contribute to its realization. We invite all Cubans inside and outside the Island who identify with these demands, to join this just and necessary claim. Our expectation of being heard by the government is almost exhausted, yet we have decided to bring the authorities this demand as an urgent recourse to achieve effective understanding. We are determined not to accept institutional silence in response to this demand for the ratification of the agreements mentioned.
TEXT OF THE DEMAND AND WHAT IT REPRESENTS
The ratification by the Cuban government of the United Nations Covenants involves:
1. Taking a truly serious line about urgent changes so that the country may overcome the catastrophic situation in which we find ourselves.
2. Change those constitutional and legal principles contradictory to the letter and spirit of the UN Covenants.
3. Regulate the legal recognition of civil rights such as:
-free entry and exit from the country, freedom of movement within it;
-recognition of property rights much expanded realtive to today;
-freedom of peaceful assembly and association;
-total and absolute independence of the courts and only submission to the law;
-the right of parents to freely choose the education of their children;
-the possibility of all Cubans to invest wherever they live in the country;
-the freedom to receive and disseminate information by any means;
-INTERNET access for all;
-fair judicial processes and low-cost legal representation from the beginning, and so on.
4. The existence of other political parties as there are in the vast majority of countries.
5. The implementation, in short, of a rule of law, which was the aspiration of the heroes of the Cuban nation.
Continue reading about the Por Otra Cuba campaign, and what it’s about here.