|Oswaldo Payá Sardiñas: February 29, 1952 – July 22, 2012|
The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation in posthumously honoring Oswaldo Payá with the Truman Reagan Medal of Freedom is bearing witness, continuing the demand for justice, and demonstrating solidarity with Cubans seeking to live in freedom.
Oswaldo Payá Sardiñas was murdered together with Harold Cepero on July 22, 2012 by a regime that feared his civic and nonviolent message that spoke truth to power and endangered their plans for a fraudulent transition that is now underway that seeks to entrench another generation of the Castro dynasty in absolute power in Cuba.
|Rosa Maria Payá and Ofelia Acevedo accept the Medal of Freedom|
|Lee Edwards and Marion Smith of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation|
Past recipients of the award include: H.E. Mart Laar, Hon. Natan Sharansky, Chen Guangcheng, Hon. Lech Wałęsa, Pope John Paul II, H.E. Václav Havel, Wei Jingsheng, Elena Bonner, and Lane Kirkland.
Below is an excerpt from the ceremony.