Tomorrow, Cuba’s Latin America Youth Network for Democracy and Cuba Decide, a Cuban organization advocating for free elections on the island will hold a ceremony in Cuba to award OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro and posthumously, Chilean President Don Patricio Aylwin with the first ever Oswaldo Payá Award “Liberty and Life.”
Wednesday, February 22, 2017, Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro will receive the 1st Oswaldo Payá Award “Liberty and Life” 2016 in Havana.
The Latin America Youth Network for Democracy and the Cuban citizen initiative Cuba Decide are honored to invite all members of the press to the award ceremony of the 1st Oswaldo Payá Award “Liberty and Life” 2016 to Secretary General Luis Almagro, OAS.
We are pleased to recognize the honorable Mr. Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the Organization of American States and, in a posthumous manner, Don Patricio Aylwin distinguished with an honorable mention to be received in his name, by his daughter, the former parliamentarian and former Chilean minister of foreign affairs, Mariana Aylwin.
The ceremony will take place Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 11:00 am at the Payá residence.
In Cuba, however, any event or public discourse that advocates freedom and democracy is of course viewed the by brutally repressive apartheid Castro dictatorship as an act of provocation. The regime has harassed and imprisoned the Cubans behind this event and now they have banned the daughter of President Aylwin from entering the country to receive the award in the name of her late father.
Castro regime refuses entry to President Aylwin’s daughter to receive Oswaldo Payá Prize
OAS Secretary General and Chile’s President Patricio Aylwin to be presented Oswaldo Payá Liberty and Life Prize in Havana
Tonight at 9:15pm Mariana Aylwin, daughter of the former Chilean president Patricio Aylwin tweeted “I can not embark to Cuba because of a ban issued by immigration from Cuba.” A short while later Rosa María Payá posted the document prohibiting Mariana from traveling to Cuba by order of the Castro dictatorship’s immigration department.
Rosa María Payá Acevedo returned to Cuba on February 15, 2017 to receive Luis Almagro, the Secretary General of the Organization of American States at her home a week later on February 22, 2017 at 11:00am in Havana, Cuba. The purpose of the encounter is the presentation of the annual Oswaldo Payá Liberty and Life Prize to Luis Almagro also present at the ceremony will be Mariana Aylwin, daughter of the former Chilean president Patricio Aylwin who will receive the posthumous award on behalf of her late father. Patricio Aylwin was the president who oversaw the democratic transition in Chile following General Pinochet’s military rule and passed away on April 19, 2016.
Unfortunately the repressive nature of the regime was already on display with Julio Álvarez and Félix Fara two promoters of the Cuba Decide initiative, a campaign for a plebiscite led by Rosa María Payá Acevedo, were taken and have been under arrest since February 18, 2017 at 11:00am.
In addition communication has become much more difficult with the telephones out of service and all matter of obstacles to prevent that the information surrounding this event be made known inside Cuba. Despite this there is optimism that the word has gotten out and that civil society will be well represented on Wednesday.
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