|Cuban diplomats lead act of repudiation in failed attempt to silence speakers.|
Esto fue lo que se vivió hoy en @UN durante el lanzamiento de #JailedForWhat espacio en el que @StateDept abordó la situación de derechos de los presos políticos del régimen cubano 👇🏿👇🏿👇🏿 @Almagro_OEA2015 @OEA_oficial @ONU_es @CubanetNoticias @RosaMariaPaya @ErikaGuevaraR pic.twitter.com/KUNVYzIj1K— Race and Equality (@raceandequality) October 16, 2018
Ambassador Kelley E. Currie, the U.S. Representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Council presented the campaign for the release of Cuban political prisoners and was met by a disruption engineered by Castro regime diplomats. However, she did not stop or waiver but continued her presentation.
Cuban U.N. Ambassador Anayansi Rodríguez Camejo protested to U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres ahead of the #JailedforWhat event, and described it as a “political comedy.” The Cuban Ambassador to the U.N. also claimed that “Cuba is proud of its human rights record, which denies any manipulation against it.”
If the event were so unimportant then why did the Ambassador and other diplomats spend over an hour shouting themselves hoarse, banging on tables, attempting to disrupt the event?
|Sirley Avila Leon at the United Nations today.|
Michael Kozak - “I want to thank the Cuban delegation for giving us such a graphic show of how alternative opinions are accepted in Cuba” in response to screaming protesters pic.twitter.com/QAi2pRkJpP— Race and Equality (@raceandequality) October 16, 2018
Ambassador Michael Kozak, who moderated the event responded to the screaming and banging on tables along with other frequent interruptions to shut down the gathering: “I want to thank the Cuban delegation for giving us such a graphic show of how alternative opinions are accepted in Cuba.”
|Sirley Avila Leon following May 24, 2018 machete attack|
Sirley Avila Leon: "The discriminatory intolerance of the Castro regime and its clique became evident in the UN today, the democratic and free governments of the hemisphere must not allow their discriminatory impositions in an international space based on mutual respect.The Castro regime today answered the question #JailedforWhat? Based on what transpired today at the United Nations in Cuba you can be jailed for defending human rights.A new hashtag should be added to the campaign #ShoutedDownforWhat? The answer based on what occurred today is discussing human rights.
Sirley Avila Leon: "The Castros killed millions of people around the world: African continent, American, in Vietnam, etc, all the governments that support them become an accomplice of these crimes against humanity!!!"
Sirley Avila Leon: "People indoctrinated to discrimination by the Castro regime live from "battle of ideas" to rapid response brigades against human rights defenders in Cuba Nicaragua Venezuela etc. They should be excluded from international events were human rights are discussed."
Carlos Quesada, of Race and Equality, discussed the number of political prisoners and said that “Cuba should respect the right to freedom of opinion and expression and release the 139 political prisoners.” He also addressed the charges most frequently used against dissidents: "predilection to social dangerousness", and "disrespect."
Alejandro Raga, a Cuban prisoner of conscience of the group of the 75, arrested in 2003, discussed the inhuman conditions in Castro's prisons in Cuba. He also highlighted the the case of Mario Chanes de Armas, a prisoner of conscience who spent over 30 years in Cuban prisons. Raga also raised the plight of women political prisoners and specifically the Ladies in White.
Alejandro Gonzalez @raga58, ex preso politico cubano denuncia en @UN que #Cuba encarcela mujeres por motivos políticos siga aquí el evento @DamasdBlanco #PresosPoliticosCuba #JailedforWhat pic.twitter.com/H2kg5WBoCm— RadioTelevisiónMartí (@martinoticias) October 16, 2018
The Secretary General of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro gave a talk where he stated that "the regime in Cuba is responsible for exporting practices, techniques and models of repression and torture in the region." The entire speech is available in Spanish below.
Aquí mi discurso en la @ONU_es sobre presos políticos, represión y opresión en #Cuba: "La historia no absolverá crímenes de lesa humanidad". @OEA_oficial pic.twitter.com/W3iZiuRwRM— Luis Almagro (@Almagro_OEA2015) October 16, 2018
The best way to deal with this attempt at silencing discussions on human rights is to share these conversations as widely possible. The good news is that they failed, and the event was a success.
Yesterday, we saw a "good demonstration of respect for freedom of expression in #Cuba", according to @StateDRL Amb Kozak. Watch the full @UNECOSOC event at https://t.co/RfdrCKVdsh, and read Amb @KelleyCurrie's remarks at https://t.co/HTjDE1dMcg #JailedForWhat— U.S. State Dept | Democracy, Human Rights, & Labor (@StateDRL) October 17, 2018