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ICDC Conference in Stockholm: Take More Concrete Steps

2006-02-22 / Kristina Prunerová

An ICDC conference entitled “Democratic Change in Cuba: Who are the Actors?” was held in Stockholm, Sweden, on February 6-7, 2006. The conference focused on identifying the main democratic actors in Cuba, discussing the projects of support for the Cuban democratic opposition and the position of European Union members states towards the democratic opposition.

The event was held under the auspices of the Czech Embassy in Sweden. Partners in the conference were Swedish International Liberal Centre, Christian Democratic International Centre and Olof Palme International Centre.

Panel discussion included Cecilia Malmström, Swedish MEP and member of ICDC; Kaj Nordquist, MP from Sweden; Tomáš Pojar, Czech Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs; Ramón Colás, founder of the Independent Libraries of Cuba movement; or Francisco de Armas, representatives of Oswaldo Paya’s Christian Liberation Movement. Among participants there were diplomats, representatives of the Ministries for Foreign Affairs and NGO representatives from various countries dealing with human rights and democracy promotion.

On the second day of conference the discussion in workshops mentioned the following concrete steps for the support of democratic opposition in Cuba: No Estáis Solos and Sakharov initiative of the European Parliamentarians; call to the European Union member states representatives in Havana to get in contact with democratic opposition groups, to learn about their activities and to report to their governments on these activities. The secretariat of ICDC will lead one of proposed initiatives - to compose a list of prominent politicians and significant personalities who were denied access to Cuba (through being denied a visa by Cuban officials or being expelled from the island for meeting with civil society leaders). See Final report from ICDC conference Stockholm.
For information please contact Kristina Prunerová (kristina.prunerova@peopleinneed.cz).

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