Thursday, February 8, 2018

Christian Liberation Movement reports on Spanish initiative for the release of Cuban prisoner of conscience

Freedom Now for Eduardo Cardet!

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain asked the government of Cuba for freedom from Eduardo Cardet

In today's appearance [February 7, 2018] in the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Congress of Deputies, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain, Alfonso Dastiz responded to the deputies José Ramón García-Hernández (PP) and Fernando Maura (Ciudadanos) that he had raised with his Cuban counterpart that a solution be found for the case of Eduardo Cardet.


On February 6, 2018 Carlos Payá Sardiñas of the Christian Liberation Movement tweeted "
A moment ago, Eduardo Cardet was able to talk to his wife, Yaimaris Vecino. The situation remains the same. But as she tells me, at least they have not attacked him again."

MCL leader and prisoner of conscience Eduardo Cardet
Note from the Popular Party: García-Hernández: "We demand the immediate release of the political prisoner in Cuba, Eduardo Cardet"

January 31, 2018.- On November 30, 2016, the national coordinator of the Christian Liberation Movement (MCL) of Cuba, and vice president of the Christian Democratic Organization of America (ODCA), Eduardo Cardet, was arbitrarily detained and allegedly subjected to harassment, physical and moral intimidation to him and his family, being later imprisoned. Since then, Eduardo Cardet has continued to be imprisoned arbitrarily and under terrible conditions in Cuba.

The executive secretary of International Relations of the Popular Party, José Ramón García-Hernández, coinciding with a meeting held today at the national headquarters with representatives of the Cuban dissident movement, demanded "the immediate release of Eduardo Cardet, a political prisoner in Cuba and leader of the Christian Liberation Movement (MCL), arbitrarily imprisoned for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression ".

Cardet was sentenced to prison and the Provincial Court of Holguín ratified the sentence of three years of deprivation of liberty. In addition, the opponent suffers a respiratory infection from his imprisonment, caused by his chronic asthmatic condition, and does not receive the appropriate medication.

A few weeks ago, the non-governmental organization Amnesty International (AI) launched an "urgent action" for the "immediate and unconditional release" of Eduardo Cardet, recalling that he was attacked on 19 December by three prisoners. Cardet's sister had filed a complaint about the assault with the Prosecutor's Office of Havana but has not yet received any response. The NGO also demands that he is provided with medical assistance and that he not be a victim of torture or ill-treatment. Garcia-Hernandez has referred to it: "We share this criterion and firm commitment to a democratic transition in Cuba, demanding a real necessary democracy and the rule of law on the island."

The executive secretary of International Relations has pointed out that "a democracy must be based on respect for the political opposition and not on arbitrarily exercising power against its representatives," and stressed that "the Popular Party maintains its permanent commitment to a future transition towards a pluralist democracy in Cuba supported by moderation, consensus, dialogue and reconciliation; supporting the Christian Liberation Movement (MCL) and its initiative: One Cuban One Vote, an initiative that calls for changes in the electoral law to hold free and plural elections in Cuba. "

The Christian Liberation Movement of Cuba (MCL) is a political group founded in 1988 by Oswaldo Payá, a member of the International Democratic Center (IDC) along with the Popular Party, and the Christian Democratic Organization of America (ODCA).


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