European NGOs express their support of the Declaration of Unity
of the Cuban Opposition and call for Europe to also stand united on Cuba
Berlin, 26 April 2007, On the occasion of the meeting organized by the International Committee
for Democracy in Cuba (ICDC) on “Democracy in Cuba: Seeking Common Initiatives”, the
undersigned European NGOs gathered in Berlin express their full support of the recent
declaration of unity made by the Cuban democratic opposition.
On 14 April, the leaders of the opposition in Cuba, together with members of independent civil
society, adopted the declaration “Unity for Freedom”. Through this declaration the opposition
proclaimed its union in seeking the establishment of democracy in Cuba. It also stated that its
common goals would be the respect for human rights in Cuba, national reconciliation and social
justice. These goals are to be achieved through peaceful and democratic means. The declaration
also reiterates its request that political prisoners be unconditionally released without further delay.
This declaration confirms the de facto cooperation of the opposition over the past years. It is a
clear signal that the different streams and movements of the Cuban democratic opposition are
ready and willing to work together to establish democracy in the island.
The undersigned NGOs endorse this declaration of unity and hope and commend all individuals
and groups involved in this initiative for their courage, vision and leadership.
The same leadership and courage is needed at a European level. A principled stance, whereby
human rights and democratic values will prevail over national interests, is what the undersigned
NGOs are requesting from European Union leaders. A stronger Common Position would allow for
this and send a clear message to the Cuban opposition and Cuban people that Europe supports and
endorses their struggle.
We call upon European leaders to put aside their differences, as poignantly done so by the Cuban
opposition forces, and to take a common and principled stance to fully support the democratic
forces in Cuba.
Maria Luisa Bascur, Cuba Futuro, Netherlands
Javier Martinez-Corbalan, Fundacion Hispano Cubana, Spain
Nikola Horejs, People in Need, Czech Republic
Katrin Wittig, International Society for Human Rights, Germany
Annabelle Rodriguez, Encuentro de la Cultura Cubana, Spain
Marianne Moor, IKV Pax Cristi, Netherlands
Natalia Bellusova, Iberoamerican Association for Liberty, Spain
Agnieszka Gratkiewicz, Lech Walesa Institute, Poland
Tomasz Pisula, Freedom and Democracy Foundation, Poland
Annika Rigo, Christian Democratic International Center, Sweden
Martin Pasiak, Pontis Foundation, Slovak Republic
Diana Ivanova, Cuba Libre, Bulgaria
Mae-Liz Orrego Rodríguez, Swedish International Liberal Centre, Sweden
Eliska Slavikova, People in Peril, Slovakia
Find the text of Unity for Freedom declaration at