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Nobel Prize

In June 2002 we launched the campaign to nominate the Cuban dissident Oswaldo Payá Sardinas for the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize, after a proposal made by the Czech President, Vaclav Havel. Since then, and during the time that his nomination lasted, Payá received the support of hundreds of presidents, politicians and intelectuals from America, Europe and Asia. The subsequent nomination of Paya for the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize was again met with extensive international support. The nomination of Payá, and subsequently those of other Cuban activists, has become a permantent project of our organization. With the campaign for Payá, we have not only stated our solidarity with a person that is firmly committed to the fight for Human Rights, but we have also expressed our support for the Varela Project, a petition that includes a referendum aiming to increase political liberty for Cubans.

As a result of the success of previous campaigns, the nomination for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize was extended to include independent journalist and former political prisoner Raúl Rivero, and political prisoner and human rights activist Elias Biscet. This decision was taken so as to extend recognition of those working for human rights in Cuba and to extend international awareness of their activities. In addition to recognizing the work of Mr Payá, Mr Rivero and Mr Biscet, the nomination also demonstrated support for the entire Cuban democratic movement, and helped raise international awareness of the situation in Cuba.

We would like to thank all those that believed in the nominations of Oswaldo Payá, Raúl Rivero and Elias Biscet and extend special thanks to those that made this campaign possible. We are convinced that your support is a strong incentive for internal oppositionists to continue in their fight for liberty and democracy in Cuba.

Tomas Pojar
People In Need

Support for Pay'as Nomination to the Nobel Peace Prize

Note: The positions of those signing below correspond to the date in which they delivered their letter of support; their current position might be different than the stated in this list. All signatures were collected by the People in Need Foundation, Czech Republic; by the Cuban Democratic Directory, USA, and by Francisco De Armas, MCL Puerto Rico.

name country position
Václav Havel Czech Republic President
Jorge Quiroga Bolivia Former President
Zhelyu Zhelev Bulgaria Former President
Eduardo Frei Chile Former President
Patricio Aylwin Chile Former President
Rafael Angel Calderon Fournier Costa Rica Former President
Luis Alberto Monge Costa Rica Former President
Miguel Angel Rodriguez Costa Rica Former President
Andrés Pastrana Colombia Former President
Vinicio Cerezo Guatemala Former President
Árpád Goncz Hungary Former President
Michal Kovác Slovakia Former President
Vytautas Landsbergis Lithuania Former Chairman of Parliament and Head of State
Stanislau Shushkievic Belarus Former Chairman of Parliament and Head of State
José María Aznar Spain Prime Minister
José Manuel Durao Barroso Portugal Prime Minister
Mikulás Dzurinda Slovakia Prime Minister
Viktor Orban Hungary Former Prime Minister
Mart Laar Estonia Former Prime Minister
Philip Dimitrov Bulgaria Former Prime Minister
Petr Mares Czech Republic Vice Prime Minister
Madeleine KAlbright USA Former Secretary of State
Petra Buzková Czech Republic Minister of Education
Ján Carnogursky Slovakia Minister of Justice (until September)
Rudolf Chmel Slovakia Minister of Culture
Miguel Arias Canete Spain Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
Eduardo Zaplana Hernández Soro Spain Ministrer of Labour and Social Affairs
Alfredo Prada Presa Spain First Vice President of Senate
María Eugenia Martín Mendizabal Spain First Secretary of the Upper House of Parliament
Andrés Zaldivar Chile MP, Chairman of Upper House of Parliament
Petr Pithart Czech Republic MP, Chairman of Senate
Pavol Hrusovsky Slovakia MP, Chairman of Parliament
Rolando Laclé Costa Rica MP, Chairman of Parliament
Lubomír Zaorálek Czech Republic MP, Chairman of Lower House of Parliament
Jan Ruml Czech Republic MP, Vice-Chairman of Senate
Frantisek Miklosko Slovakia MP, Former Chairman of Parliament
Josef Jarab Czech Republic MP, Chairman of Foreign Relations, Defence and Security Committee (since November )
Michael Zantovsky Czech Republic MP, Chairman of Foreign Relations, Defence and Security Committee (until November )
Bronislaw Geremek Poland Former Minister of Foreign Affairs
László Nagy Slovakia MP, Chairman of the Human Rights Committee
Irakli Batiashvili Georgia MP, Chairman of Defence and Security Committee
Pedro Agramunt Font de Mora Spain MP, Chairman of Institutional Commitee
Angel Carlos Bernáldez Rodríguez Spain MP, Chairman of Enviroment Committee
Tomás Pedro Burgos Beteta Spain MP, Chairman of Infrastructure Committee
Agustín Conde Bajén Spain MP, Chairman of Labour and Social Affairs Committee
Gabriel Elorriaga Fernández Spain MP, Chairman of Foreign Relations Committee
Luis Manuel Fraga Egusquiarrigue Spain MP, Chairman of Iberoamerican Affairs Committee
José Seguí Díaz Spain MP, Chairman of Economy, Bussines and Tourism Committee
María Isabel San Baldomero Ochoa Spain MP, Chairwoman of Commiittee of Rights of Women
Juan Van Halen Acedo Spain MP, Chairman of Education Culture and Sport Committee
Victorino Nunez Rodríguez Spain MP, Chairman of Home Affairs and Public Administration Committee
Alejandro Munoz Alonso Ledo Spain MP, Chairman of Defence Committee
José Macías Santana Spain MP, Chairman of Agriculture, Fisherie and Food Committee
Rosa López Garnica Spain MP, Chairwoman of Health and Consumers Committee
Juán Moya Sanabria Spain MP, Chairman of Justice Committee
Sergej Kovaljev Russia MP
Carlos Castellani Argentina MP
Fernanda BFerrero Argentina MP
Guillermo Candini Argentina MP
Jorge Milton Capitanich Argentina MP
Juan Carlos Lynch Argentina MP
Lisandro Mauricio Sejas Argentina MP
Pablo Walter Argentina MP
Vicente Massot Argentina MP
Ro Ding Burma MP
Hong Sok Hieng Cambodia MP
Hor Sopheap Cambodia MP
Hut Try Cambodia MP
Chao Phally Cambodia MP
Cheam Chanwy Cambodia MP
Chiem Hoeurn Cambodia MP
Kimsour Dhirith Cambodia MP
Kong Korm Cambodia MP
Lim Sokun Cambodia MP
Lon Paon Cambodia MP
Meng Rita Cambodia MP
Monh Siyonn Cambodia MP
Ouk Moeurn Cambodia MP
Sam Rainsy Cambodia MP
Sam Sundoeun Cambodia MP
Sim Kim Him Cambodia MP
Sith Ybrahim Cambodia MP
Son Chhay Cambodia MP
Tioulong Saumura Cambodia MP
Titach Setha Cambodia MP
Vu Bun Long Cambodia MP
Yim Sovann Cambodia MP
Carmen Gamboa Costa Rica MP
Edgar Mohs Costa Rica MP
Federico Vargas Costa Rica MP
Francisco Sanchun Morán Costa Rica MP
German Rojas Costa Rica MP
Gloria Valerín Costa Rica MP
Gerardo Alberto Gonzáles Esquivel Costa Rica MP
Ligia Zuniga Costa Rica MP
Liliana Salas Salazar Costa Rica MP
Marco Tulio Mora Rivera Costa Rica MP
Mario Redondo Costa Rica MP
Miguel Huezo Costa Rica MP
Olman Vargas Costa Rica MP
Ricardoo Toledo Costa Rica MP
Rocía Ulloa Costa Rica MP
Jan Hadrava Czech Republic MP
Milan Ekert Czech Republic MP
Ondrej Feber Czech Republic MP
Vladimír Schovánek Czech Republic MP
Zuzana Roithová Czech Republic MP
Anibal Sánchez DomRepublic MP
Felipa Gómez DomRepublic MP
Agustín Díaz Saravia El Salvador MP
Alfredo Arbizo Lelaya El Salvador MP
Alfredo Esquivel El Salvador MP
Carlos Aria El Salvador MP
Carmen Elena Cde Escalon Arena El Salvador MP
DRafael Arévolo El Salvador MP
David Humberto Trejo El Salvador MP
Eduardo Vázquez Bécker Salgado El Salvador MP
Emilio Guzmán Rodríguez El Salvador MP
GGallegos El Salvador MP
HMauricio Aguilar El Salvador MP, Parlamento Centroamericano
Horacio Ríos El Salvador MP
Isabela de Marín El Salvador MP
Isolina de Marín El Salvador MP
J.EIcaheta El Salvador MP
Jesus Grande El Salvador MP
Jorge AMunoz N. El Salvador MP
Jorge Alberto Villacorta El Salvador MP
Juan MBobiros Arenas El Salvador MP
Julio Moreno El Salvador MP
Mario Poner El Salvador MP
Mario Tenorio El Salvador MP
Mauricio Hernández Pérez El Salvador MP
Mauricio Quinteros El Salvador MP
Nelson EAveluz El Salvador MP
OArévalo El Salvador MP
Olga EOrtiz El Salvador MP
Osmín López El Salvador MP
René Napoleón Aguiluz Carranza El Salvador MP
Rigoberto Triu El Salvador MP
Rodrigo Avila A. El Salvador MP
Tin Calderón El Salvador MP
Tomás Mejía El Salvador MP
Victoria Rde Arraya El Salvador MP
Walter Guzmán El Salvador MP
Wilfredo Iraheja Sanabriz Arena El Salvador MP
Will Gómez El Salvador MP
William Martínez El Salvador MP
Aimar Altosaar Estonia MP
Andres Herkel Estonia MP
Eiki Nestor Estonia MP
Enn tarto Estonia MP
Kadri Jäätma Estonia MP
Mari-Ann Kelam Estonia MP
Tiit Sinissaar Estonia MP
Toivo Jurgenson Estonia MP
T_nis Lukas Estonia MP
Toomas Ilves Estonia MP
Trivimi Velliste Estonia MP
Vootele Hansen Estonia MP
Ada Marshania Georgia MP
David Koguashvili Georgia MP
Giorgi Kvirikashvili Georgia MP
Givi Shugarov Georgia MP
Ioseb Charatischvili Georgia MP
Jansungh Charkviani Georgia MP
Kakha Chitaia Georgia MP
Konstantine Mgaloblichvili Georgia MP
Malkhaz Macharadse Georgia MP
Manana Gigineishvili Georgia MP
Mikheil Naneishvili Georgia MP
Nodar Amaglobeli Georgia MP
Simon Ajiashvili Georgia MP
Tamar Ninoshvili Georgia MP
Valeri Kvarashelia Georgia MP
Zaza Sioridze Georgia MP
Zurab Tkemaladze Georgia MP
Alvaro Manolo Dubón González Guatemala MP, Parlamento Centroamericano
Anibal Perez Chile MP
Edmundo Villouta Chile MP
Maria Eugenia Mella Chile MP
Patricio Walker Chile MP
Danilo Moretti Italy MP
Dorina Bianchi Italy MP
Filippo Drago Italy MP
Remo di Giandomenico Italy MP
Alba LMéndez Herrera Mexico MP
Alejandro Zapata Perogordo Mexico MP
Alfonso Vicente Díaz Mexico MP
Alfredo Garza Reyna Mexico MP
Alicia C Ricalde Magana Mexico MP
Américo ARamírez R. Mexico MP
Angel Eliseo Cano Garza Mexico MP
Apuleyo Viniegra Orta Mexico MP
Armando Ramírez A. Mexico MP
Carlos AFlores Mexico MP
Carlos Borunda Zaragoza Mexico MP
Daniel Ramírez Del Valle Mexico MP
Danilo Domínguez Vera Mexico MP
David Puente Rodríguez Mexico MP
Diego Alonso Hinojosa Aguerrevere Mexico MP
Eduardo Arnal Palomera Mexico MP
Eduardo Rivera Pérez Mexico MP
Erasmo Santos Munoz Mexico MP
Escoludo Golitto Mexico MP
Fernando Aguilar Jiménez Mexico MP
Fernando Ugalde Cardona Mexico MP
Francisco JOrtiz E. Mexico MP
Francisco Javier Cantu Torres Mexico MP
German Arturo Pellegrine P. Mexico MP
Gina Andres Cruz Blackledge Mexico MP
Gustavo Ramirez Villarreal Mexico MP
Héctor Taborta Cantares Mexico MP
Heras Stinberg Montes Mexico MP
Hugo Camacho G. Mexico MP
Hugo Salazar Mata Mexico MP
Humberto Trevino Mexico MP
JBenjamín Munoz Pérez Mexico MP
JJesus Hurtado F. Mexico MP
Jaime Guerrero Vazquez Mexico MP
Jessica Iris Herrera Silva Mexico MP
Joel Ibarra Ortegón Mexico MP
José Arturo Salinas G. Mexico MP
José Cruz González Mexico MP
José Humberto Sánchez Mexico MP
José TLozano Pardinas Mexico MP
Juan Carlos Ruiz García Mexico MP
Juan de la Cruz Alberto Cano Mexico MP
Lionel Funes Díaz Mexico MP
Luis Pasos de la Torre Mexico MP
Magdalena Yuveu Pazman Mexico MP
Manuel Castro y Del Valle Mexico MP
Manuel Minjares Jiménez Mexico MP
Manuel Narvaér Narván Mexico MP
Marcos Antonio Adame Mexico MP
María Cruz Martínez Colu Mexico MP
Mario Reyes Quirós Mexico MP
Máximo Soto Gómez Mexico MP
Miguel Gutiérrez Machado Mexico MP
Neli Campos Mexico MP
Néstor Villarreal Castro Mexico MP
Nylali Salvador Mexico MP
Raul Gracia Guzmán Mexico MP
Ricardo Villarreal Barbarín Mexico MP
Rigoberto Romero Aceves Mexico MP
Rodolfo Cavazos Aguirre Mexico MP
Sergio García Sepulveda Mexico MP
Silvia López Escoppié Mexico MP
Tarcisio Navarrete M. Mexico MP
Tomás Ríos Bernal Mexico MP
Veronica Sada Perez Mexico MP
Enrique Priego Oropeza México MP
Efim Zubcu Moldova MP
Eugeniu Garla Moldova MP
Iurie Rosca Moldova MP, Chairman of the Christian Democratic People's Party
Riorita Paterau Moldova MP
Stefan Secareanu Moldova MP
Valentin Chilat Moldova MP
Viorel Prisacaru Moldova MP
Vlad Cubreacov Moldova MP
Gerrit Zalm Netherlands MP
J.JAm Van Gennip Netherlands MP
Oscar Martínez Campos Nicaragua MP, Parlamento Centroamericano
Camilo Brenes Panama MP, Parlamento Centroamericano
Adam Biela Poland MP
Anna Kurska Poland MP
Dorota Simonides Poland MP
Edmund Wittbrodt Poland MP
Franciszek Bachleda-Ksiedzularz Poland MP
Jan Szafraniec Poland MP
Janina Sagatowska Poland MP
Krzysztof Piesiewicz Poland MP
Mieczyslaw Janowski Poland MP
Teresa Liszcz Poland MP
Zbigniew Religa Poland MP
Zbigniew Romaszewski Poland MP
Jurij Rybakov Russia MP
Alojz Pridal Slovakia MP
Andrej Hajduk Slovakia MP
Arpád Duka-Zólyomi Slovakia MP
Béla Bugár Slovakia MP
Dusan Caplovic Slovakia MP
Edit Bauer Slovakia MP
Eva Cerná Slovakia MP
Gábor Gál Slovakia MP
Guyla Bárdos Slovakia MP
Imrich Béres Slovakia MP
Irena Belohorská Slovakia MP
István Harna Slovakia MP
Iván Farkas Slovakia MP
Jozef Hurban Slovakia MP
Jozef Miklusciak Slovakia MP
Jozef Mikus Slovakia MP
Jozef Simko Slovakia MP
Julius Brocka Slovakia MP
Klára Sárkozy Slovakia MP
László Nagy Slovakia MP
Libusa Martinceková Slovakia MP
Mária Demeterová Slovakia MP
Mária Majdová Slovakia MP
Mária Sabolová Slovakia MP
Miklós Duray Slovakia MP
Milan Hort Slovakia MP
Pavol Abrhan Slovakia MP
Pavol Minárik Slovakia MP
Peter Bódy Slovakia MP
Peter Muránsky Slovakia MP
Richárd Hamerlik Slovakia MP
Robert Kalinák Slovakia MP
Stanislav Janis Slovakia MP
Stanislav Skoda Slovakia MP
Tibor Tóth Slovakia MP
Tomás Galbavy Slovakia MP
Zsolt Komlósy Slovakia MP
Zuzana Martináková Slovakia MP
Zuzana Plháková Slovakia MP
Janez Jansa Slovenia MP, President of The Social Democratic Party of Slovenia
Adolfo Abejón Ortega Spain MP
Alberto Fernández Díaz Spain MP
Alberto Terán Molleda Spain MP
Alejandro Encinas Casillas Spain MP
Amador Vázquez Vázquez Spain MP
Ana Isabel Lasheras Meavilla Spain MP
Antolín Sanz Pérez Spain MP
Antonia Ruipérez Ruiz Spain MP
Ascensión Pastor Parres Spain MP
Atanasio Ballesteros Morcillo Spain MP
Belén María Do Campo Pineiro Spain MP
Carlos Benet Canete Spain MP
Carlos Daniel Murria Climent Spain MP
Carlos Rojo Martínez Spain MP
Carmen Alvarez Arenas Cisneros Spain MP
Carmen Primo Albert Spain MP
César Ajá Marino Spain MP
César Antonio Rico Ruiz Spain MP
César José Mera Rodríguez Spain MP
Clemente Sanz Blanco Spain MP
Conrado Escobar de las Heras Spain MP
Cristina Tejedor Utrilla Spain MP
Damián Caneda Morales Spain MP
Diego Ladislao Castell Campesino Spain MP
Eduardo Gamero Mir Spain MP
Elías Arribas Aragonés Spain MP
Elvira Velasco Morillo Spain MP
Emilio Del Río Sanz Spain MP
Enruique Fajarnés Ribas Spain MP
Esperanza Aguirre Gil de Biedma Spain MP
Esteban González Pons Spain MP
Esther Vallejo De Miguel Spain MP
Eva Navarro González Spain MP
Felix Colsa Bueno Spain MP
Fernando Carlos Rodríguez Pérez Spain MP
Fernando Martín Minguijón Spain MP
Francisco Cacharro Pardo Spain MP
Francisco Gil Ortega Rincón Spain MP
Francisco Granero Granados Spain MP
Gabriel Rodado Fernández Spain MP
Gonzalo Quiroga Churruca Spain MP
Isidro Manuel Martínez Oblanca Spain MP
Javier Sopena Velasco Spain MP
Jesus Fernández López Spain MP
Jesus Manueco Alonso Spain MP
Jesus Selulveda Recio Spain MP
Jesus Vicente Sánchez Cuadrado Spain MP
Joaquín Villanova Rueda Spain MP
Jorge Bermello Fernández Spain MP
José Angel Azuara Carod Spain MP
José Blas Fernández Sánchez Spain MP
José Fernández Otano Spain MP
José Francisco Bahamonde Salazar Spain MP
José Gabriel Díaz Berbel Spain MP
José Herrera Spain MP
José Ignacio Senao Gómez Spain MP
José Iribas Sánchez de Boado Spain MP
José Luis Escutia Dotti Spain MP
José Luis Morales Montero Spain MP
José Luis Vallines Díaz Spain MP
José Manuel Barquero Vázquez Spain MP
José Manuel Cores Tourís Spain MP
José Manuel García Ballestero Spain MP
José Manuel Ruiz Rivero Spain MP
José María Barahona Hortelano Spain MP
José María Camilleri Hernández Spain MP
José Ramón Bustillo Navia-Osorio Spain MP
Juán Antonio García Talavera Casanas Spain MP
Juan Carlos Lagares Flores Spain MP
Juan Emilio Antón Rueda Spain MP
Juan José Imbroda Ortiz Spain MP
Juan Manuel Campos Ansó Spain MP
Juan Manuel Corral Pérez Spain MP
Juan Pablo Sánchez Sánchez-Seco Spain MP
Juana Borrego Izquierdo Spain MP
Lucía Delgado García Spain MP
Luis Campoy Zueco Spain MP
Manuel Arqueros Orozco Spain MP
Manuel María Uriarte Zulueta Spain MP
Manuel Prado López Spain MP
María Angeles Font Bonmatí Spain MP
María Angeles Oros Lorente Spain MP
María Australia Navarro de Paz Spain MP
María Auxiliadora Correa Zamora Spain MP
María Belén Fernández-Delgado y Cerda Spain MP
María Carmen Pardo Raga Spain MP
María Cristina Klimowitz Waldmann Spain MP
María Cruz Rodríguez Saldana Spain MP
María del Carmen González Rodríguez Spain MP
María del Mar Aguero Ruano Spain MP
María del Mar González Pareda Spain MP
María del Mar Simonelli Munoz Spain MP
María del Pilar Jurado de Miguel Spain MP
María Gema Díaz Villegas Spain MP
María Inmaculada de Espana Moya Spain MP
María Jesus Bonilla Domínguez Spain MP
María José Mora Devis Spain MP
María José Solana Barras Spain MP
María Mercedes Coloma Pesquera Spain MP
María Remedios Gámez Mata Spain MP
María Rosa Vindel López Spain MP
María Teófila Martínez Sáiz Spain MP
María Teresa Novillo Moreno Spain MP
Mario Amilivia González Spain MP
Miguel Barceló Pérez Spain MP
Miguel Ramón Pampín Rua Spain MP
Míriam Blasco Soto Spain MP
Nicolás Fernández Cucurull Spain MP
Oscar Llanos Vera Spain MP
Pedro Antonio Hernández Escorial Spain MP
Pedro José Pérez Ruiz Spain MP
Pedro Soto García Spain MP
Pilar Aresti Victoria de Lecea Spain MP
Pio García Escudero Márquez Spain MP
Ramón Palacios Rubio Spain MP
Ramón Rodríguez Ares Spain MP
Ricardo Clemente Donate Catalán Spain MP
Ricardo Espuela Orgaz Spain MP
Rodolfo Ainsa Escartín Spain MP
Rogelio Pardo Gabaldón Spain MP
Rosa María Fernández Pacheco Spain MP
Rosa María Posada Chapado Spain MP
Sebastián Contín Pellicer Spain MP
Sixto González García Spain MP
Teresa Garía Avilés Spain MP
Vicente Liliano Ferrer Roselló Spain MP
Vicente Tirado Ochoa Spain MP
Victor Manuel Vázquez Portomene Spain MP
Visitación Pérez Vega Spain MP
Alf Svensson Sweden MP
Lars Leijonborg Sweden MP, President of Liberal Party
Bi-khim Hsiao Taiwan MP
Gustavo Borsari Uruguay MP
Oscar Amorín Uruguay MP
Ronald País Uruguay MP
Rubén Díaz Uruguay MP
Jorge Batlle Ibánez Uruguay President
Luis Hierro López Uruguay Vice President
Luis Alberto Lacalle Uruguay Former President
José María Sanguinetti Uruguay Former President
Rafael Addiego Uruguay Former President
Hector Gros Espiel Uruguay Former Minister of Foreign Affairs
Leonardo Guzmán Uruguay Minister of Education
Carlos Cat Uruguay Former Minister of Work
Jaime Mario Trobo Uruguay Former Minister of Sports

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