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The establishment of the ICDC

2003-09-01 / Roisin Joyce

The ICDC was established in September 2003 in response to the latest brutal crackdown on the opposition by the oppressive regime of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro that included the arrest and sentencing of 75 dissidents, activists, writers and librarians in March 2003.

The ICDC was founded by prominent statesmen and intellectuals following the Towards Democracy in Cuba conference in Madrid, July 2003, in which Vá£Ĵav Havel encouraged nations to reach out to those working to bring freedom to Cuba. Its aim is to demonstrate political solidarity with fellow democracy activists in Cuba and to alter the approach of European and western hemisphere countries towards Castro's government.

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