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The letter expresses deep concern over the fact that the independent civil society of Cuba is excluded from the activities and actions carried out within the framework of the Agreement and requests its official participation in them.
They also stated that in light of the historical authoritarian context in Cuba, and the recent events of social protest on July 11, which resulted in a series of repressive and persecutory measures (such as arbitrary detentions and forced disappearances for short periods), the participation of these independent organizations in the activities and dialogues provided for in the Agreement becomes essential. And, that the EU must promote and demand a plural participatory framework that broadly reflects the whole spectrum of Cuban civil society organizations, mainly on issues related to the rights to freedom of association, freedom of assembly and peaceful protest; freedom of expression; press freedom; cultural rights such as artistic freedom; political participation; and the respect for civil and political rights in general.
The petition was signed by the following organizations belonging to the Coalition for Freedom of Association: Freedom House (USA), Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights (USA), Civil Rights Defenders (Sweeden), FUSADES (El Salvador), Artículo 19 (Mexico), PROVEA (Venezuela), People in Need (Czech Republic), Instituto Prensa y Sociedad (Peru), Programa Feminista La Corriente (Nicaragua), Freemuse (Denmark), CADAL (Argentina), Instituto de Prensa y Libertad de Expresión IPLEX (Costa Rica), Fundación Ciudadanía y Desarrollo (Ecuador), International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (USA), Fundación Impulsos (Colombia), Fundación Patricio Aylwin (Chile) y Movimiento San Isidro (Cuba).
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