On June 20, 2012, the “Citizen Demand for Another Cuba” was delivered to the National Assembly of People’s Power, calling on the Cuban government to respect the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The “Citizen Demand for Another Cuba,” signed by hundreds of Cubans on the Island and in the diaspora, demands that the government immediately implement the legal and political guarantees endorsed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights signed by the Cuban authorities on 28 February 2008 in New York.
This demand was delivered to the headquarters of the National Assembly as written evidence of our attachment to our rights under the Constitution of Cuba and the definitive will to fight for changes that will permit a democratic transition on the island.
This is a legal action recognized by the Constitution, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Covenants and the Covenants referred to.
In the coming months the campaign “For Another Cuba” [Por Otra Cuba] will be developed through concerts, performances, flyers, etc. We hope that all Cubans with a vocation for democracy will support and help to distribute the text of the demand, the activities of the campaign, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Original text of the Demand submitted on June 20, 2012 in the Office of Public Affairs of the National Assembly of People’s Power.
Citizen Demand for Another Cuba
As Cubans, legitimate children of this land and an essential part of our nation, we feel a deep sorrow at the prolonged crisis that we are experiencing and the demonstrated inability of the current government to make fundamental changes. This obliges us, from civil society, to seek and demand our own solutions.
The miserable incomes, shortages of food and shelter, the massive emigration due to lack of opportunities, the discrimination against those who think differently, the absence of spaces for public debate, the arbitrary arrests and lack of citizen rights, the corruption and the tenure and inability to remove the ruling elite, are some of the symptoms of the difficult reality facing us.
We want to debate publicly the dual currency, immigration restrictions, rights of workers to a living wage, the right of all Cubans, wherever they live, to promote economic initiatives in their own country, the demographic crisis, free access to the Internet and new technologies. We want to discuss the exercise of democracy.
The Constitution of the Republic of Cuba establishes:
In its Article 3: In the Republic of Cuba sovereignty resides in the people from whom all the power of the State originates.
And in its Article 63: Every citizen has the right to direct complaints and petitions to the authorities and to receive the appropriate attention or responses in a timely manner, according to law.
WE DEMAND THE CUBAN GOVERNMENT:
Immediately implement the essential legal guarantees and policies conceived in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and ratify the United Nations Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights, signed by the Government of Cuba on February 28, 2008 in New York City. This would ensure full respect for citizens regardless of their ideas or their political-social actions and restore the rights of everyone who, in their opinions, disagrees with the government. We consider these rights essential to the formation of a modern, free and plural Cuba that will receive us all equally and place our sovereignty in a dynamic and increasingly global world.
We are committed to democratic transformation where everyone can contribute their views and contribute to its realization. We invite all Cubans inside and outside the Island who identify with these demands, to join this just and necessary claim. Our expectation of being heard by the government is almost exhausted, yet we have decided to bring the authorities this demand as an urgent recourse to achieve effective understanding. We are determined not to accept institutional silence in response to this demand for the ratification of the agreements mentioned.