Oswaldo Paya was denied an exit visa from Cuba to attend a human rights ceremony in Europe.
“I couldn’t attend because the Cuban government kept me from traveling,” Paya said of the Thursday ceremony in Brussels that awarded the European Union’s top human rights prize to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan on behalf of all U.N. workers.
Paya was allowed to travel to Strasbourg, France, to receive the same award, the Sakharov prize, in 2002. – (AP)
It’s usually customary for the previous winner to attend.