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Panelists included: Soledad García Muñóz, Special Rapporteur of Economic, Social, Cultural, and Environmental Rights, from the OAS’s Interamerican Commission for Human Rights; Ramiro Orias, Senior Program Official of the Due Process of Law Foundation (DPLF) and member of the Interamerican Judiciary Committee; José Jasán Nieves, Editor of the Cuban journal “El Toque”; Isabel Roby, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Lawyer for Latin America; and Gabriel C. Salvia, General Director of CADAL and the editor of the book. The book launch was hosted by Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights at their headquarters in Washington, D.C.
The book’s contributing authors are: Manuel Cuesta Morúa (Havana, 1962), historian, political scientist, and political dissident; Julio Antonio Fernández Estrada (Havana, 1975), historian, lawyer, former professor (before his expulsion) at the Universidad de La Habana College of Law, and current resident academic for Harvard University’s David Rockefeller Center of Latin American Studies’ Scholars at Risk program; Reinaldo Escobar (Camagüey, 1947), independent journalist and co-founder (with his wife Yoani Sánchez) of the digital news outlet 14ymedio. The book includes the speech given at the UN by art critic Guy Pérez de Cisneros before the vote to adopt the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948). Also included is the Declaration itself, with each of its articles illustrated by Cuban artists Julio Llópiz-Casal (Havana, 1984), María Esther Lemus Cordero (Havana, 1990), and Renier Quer Figueredo (Havana, 1983). The prologue was written by Cuban anthropologist and cultural promoter Hilda Landrove, who now lives in Mexico. To download the book for free, click here.