“A Call to Boycott the Regime in Havana on Account of Díaz-Canel’s Visit to the United Nations” | Diario Las Américas,

Diario Las Américas, September 16. 2023

A Call to Boycott the Regime in Havana on Account of Díaz-Canel’s Visit to the United Nations

The Christian Liberation Movement has issued a statement condemning the participation of dictator Miguel Díaz-Canel at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

Miguel Díaz-Canel con el dictador de Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro en La Habana.

MIAMI– Due to Miguel Díaz-Canel’s visit to the United Nations headquarters, the Christian Liberation Movement (MCL, by its Spanish acronym) reiterated its call for an international boycott against Cuba’s dictatorship.

“Miguel Díaz-Canel’s visit to New York in representation of the Cuban economic-military junta, to speak before the U.N. General Assembly and participate in the Agenda for Sustainable Development Summit is a complicit pat in the back for the segregationist and criminal regime that for 63 years has oppressed the Cuban people, and a total lack of solidarity with the victims of the Cuban tyranny,” stated Regis Iglesias, MCL spokesman. 

The Christian Liberation Movement called for an economic, social, cultural and diplomatic boycott against the regime in Havana on the part of the democratic countries of the world, reminding everyone that only 84 out of the 193 U.N. member countries are considered free according to Freedom House’s freedom index.

“The Christian Liberation Movement is promoting the boycott and isolation campaign against the segregationist regime of Cuba’s Communist Party and its political, military, economic and academic representatives. If one is to be coherent with the concept of freedom, then victims should be protected and tyrants should be punished. We call on the United Nations Organization and especially on all democratic governments of the world to speak out and adopt immediately isolation measures and an international boycott against Cuba’s communist regime and its representatives,” explained Iglesias.

The Center for a Free Cuba joins the Christian Liberation Movement’s call, and condemns the presence of the representative of the Cuban military dictatorship at the United Nations headquarters in New York. Communist Cuba is responsible for the brutal repression of July 11-17, 2021, and of the death and imprisonment of hundreds of Cubans.

Freedom is born of solidarity

The United Nations General Assembly declared in 2007 that every September 15tt be celebrated as International Democracy Day. We remind all democracy-loving people that freedom is born of solidarity.

Nations have a duty to take up the reins of their destiny, and the world has the duty to act in solidarity with the cause of freedom of nations.

The visit to New York by Miguel Díaz-Canel, the representative of the Cuban economic-military junta, in order to participate as speakers before the U.N. General Assembly and participate in the Agenda for Sustainable Development Summit is a complicit pat in the back for the segregationist and criminal regime that for 63 years has oppressed the Cuban people, and a lack of solidarity with the victims of the Cuban tyranny.

This is not surprising if we take into account that only 84 of the 193 member nations of the United Nations are considered free by Freedom House as published in its report “Freedom of the World 2023.” A majority of non-free nations dominate the United Nations, and many work jointly against a rules-based, free international order.

This is why democracies should unite and not empower dictatorships.

The regime that Mr. Díaz-Canel represents, and that General Raúl Castro and the ruling caste -who enjoy privileged and opulent lives while the Cuban people live in abject poverty of which this caste is responsible- control, does not recognize plurality of thought; freedom of association or political trends; keeps imprisoned thousands of its citizens for peacefully demanding their rights; and prevents the exercise of people’s sovereignty by marginalizing Cubans inside and outside the island, preventing them from participating in governance, and blocking access to individual and collective development that could foster prosperity for the country and for the people, and stopping Cubans from leaving or entering the country according to repressive and segregationist criteria.

Through the Cuban Communist Party, Mr. Díaz-Canel publicly called on its members to violently repress Cubans who were peacefully demonstrating on July 11, 2021.

The complacency with which democratic nations conduct themselves by accepting the criminal regime of the Cuban Communist Party and its representatives is an insult to the Cuban people. 

Cuba’s regime should be treated in the same manner as was the segregationist National Party of South Africa that upheld the policy of apartheid, during the 1980s and 90s. This complacency with the tyrants is shameful and sends a dangerous message of impunity that is unacceptable and immoral for the victims of the regime.

However, we cannot forget that the United Nations welcomed the representatives of apartheid-ruled South Africa in numerous occasions, to speak before the General Assembly where they spoke as apologists of their racist regime. This sad legacy repeats itself today with the segregationist dictatorship in Cuba, and other equally-horrendous regimes.

The Christian Liberation Movement is promoting the boycott and isolation campaign against the segregationist regime of Cuba’s Communist Party and its political, military, economic and academic representatives. If one is to be coherent with the concept of freedom, then victims should be protected and tyrants should be punished. We call on the United Nations Organization and especially on all democratic governments of the world to speak out and adopt immediately isolation measures and an international boycott against Cuba’s communist regime and its representatives.

May solidarity with those who suffer prevail. That’s the essence of an organization like the United Nations and the foundational spirit of free nations. Stop validating and supporting those who have stolen freedom from the Cuban people and denied them the space wherein to find their happiness.

Freedom is born in the souls of nations, and grows from their will to achieve it together with the solidarity of men and women of good will and the institutions they found so that every human being and every nation may live free and not enslaved by the ideological whims of those who rob them and exercise violence against them to prevent them from being free.

Freedom is born of solidarity because the individual understands that he is not alone, and he feels his neighbor’s pain as if it were his, as is his happiness.

Regis Iglesias Ramírez

Spokesperson

Christian Liberation Movement

John Suárez

Executive Director

Center for a Free Cuba


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