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As part of the 23rd edition of the Forum 2000 in Czech Republic, CADAL presented the Award to Committed Diplomacy in Cuba 2016-2018 to Filip Vurm. The Czech diplomat, whose work was recognized by Cuban democratic activists, served between 2014 and 2018 at his country's Embassy in Havana.
Filip Vurm worked at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Cuba between 2014 and 2018. Accepting the award he said: «I am very honoured to receive the award for committed diplomacy in Cuba. This award reminds me of all the brave and honest Cubans who strive in very adverse conditions to make their beautiful homeland a democratic, just and prosperous country. It has been a privilege for me to meet these women and men during my stay in Cuba. I am proud that it is they, who appreciated my diplomatic activities in Havana».
The award was presented by CADAL Secretary Bernabé García Hamilton at the closing of the 2017 Conference on the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Totalitarianism. The event was held at the San Martín Palace, home to the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In the framework of the 20° edition of the Forum 2000, Micael Lagergren received from the hands of Cuban democratic activists in the Zofin palace in Prague, the award to committed diplomacy in Cuba 2015. Lagergren worked as the third secretary of the Sweden embassy in Cuba form May 2010 to April 2015.
As part of the 19th edition of the Forum 2000, Frantisek Fleišman received in the Žofín Palace in Prague the Award to Committed Diplomacy in Cuba from 2013 to 2014 from Cuban democracy activists.
It is the fourth time that CADAL’s Program for International Democratic Solidarity presents this award. It is unprecedented democratic work in Cuba, which points out the supportive work of foreign diplomatic working in embassies in Havana. Between 2003 and 2014, 11 foreign diplomats were honored for their humanitarian work in Cuba, two Czechs, two Germans, a Swede, a Dutch, a Pole, one British and three Americans. This time, CADAL announces the winner of 2013-2014 and the special mention, on the day of the National Day of Argentina, with the hope that very soon the Cuban democratic actors will be invited to it for the National Day.
Joaquín Monserrate, Head of the Political and Economic Portfolio at the United States Interests Section in Havana, between September 2009 and July 2012, was the winner of the Award to Committed Diplomacy for the period 2011-2012 after obtaining 220 votes and been nominated by 23 different groups in Cuba.
“I just finished five years of diplomatic service at the Embassy of Sweden in Havana. It has been a great privilege for me to have the chance to know deeply the difficult life conditions and the tough work of Cuban opposition. During my 18 years in different diplomatic positions in Latin America I have not known of violations to freedom of expression so infamously planned like in the case of Cuba”.
Hans Blomeier, Director of Latin America at Konrad Adenauer Foundation, gave German diplomat Volker Pellet the plaque of the Award to Committed Diplomacy in Cuba 2009-2010 at the office of Konrad Adenauer in Berlin.
After the end of their mission in Havana, on the International Day of Human Rights, Wijgers, Cederberg and Pellet receive the 2009-2010 Award to Committed Diplomacy in Cuba. The award had a vast participation of Cuban Democrats, among them “Ladies in White”, Oswaldo Payá, Yoani Sánchez, Vladimiro Roca, Elizardo Sánchez, René Gómez Manzano, Guillermo Fariñas, Dagoberto Valdés and Félix Bonne Carcasses. In total, 16 foreign diplomats in Cuba were nominated. They represented the following countries: Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, Spain, United States, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic and Canada.