of the Cuban Canadian Foundation on Behalf of Cuban Dissidents
Cuba's Communist government has given another sample of its ruthless
dictatorial methods, establishing once more that the repression
in Cuba has in fact remained unchanged for 44 years. Those who think
that Fidel Castro has any intention of stopping his abuses or letting
the Cuban people enjoy the freedoms he suppressed, are deluding
themselves. International organizations that promised help in exchange
of his respecting human rights do not realize that what they are
asking is for him to give up his absolute power, something completely
at odds with his dictatorial nature.
A Cuban poet, a dissident, once called him in his book "the
greatest hypocrite of history". His actions, in open and constant
contradiction with his words are proving the poet is right.
Fidel Castro has used the curtain of the Iraqi conflict to hide
his crackdown of dissidents and accused the chief of Washington's
diplomatic mission in Havana, James Cason, of trying "to foment
the internal counterrevolution" to justify his violations.
More than 70 independent journalists, opponents to the regime and
human rights activists are now imprisoned after the most repressive
wave in many years. In addition, three young people were arbitrarily
executed when trying to escape from the island-jail.
The Cuban Canadian Foundation condemns these abuses and joins those
who ask for the immediate and unconditional release of these people.
In our recent PARTIAL 2002 REPORT ON HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS OF
CUBA's REGIME presented in the Annual Human Rights Consultations,
Ottawa 2003, we respectfully disagreed with Prime Minister Jean
Chretien's approach of "constructive engagement" with
Castro. Our advice was that:
"As Cuban-Canadians and thousands of Canadians that support
our struggle, we ask Canada to bet on the future of Cuba and
not on any dictatorial present. We want to advocate for John Paul
II's words in 1986: "It is impossible to reform communism from
inside the system". In fact, there are no reasons to improve
the relations with the past, because Fidel Castro is the past. We
call the Canadian government and some people of this society to
change their wrong vision about Cuba and think seriously on the
future. Forty-four years of absolute power in Cuba are enough. Enough
is enough. The Cuban Canadian Foundation is defending the view of
the Cuban community in Canada. Most of 20, 000 Cubans living in
Canada want to help for a free and democratic Cuba. At the same
time, we are sending a right message to the Cuban people to support
their right to have Human Rights and a new and free society."
Canada and the European Union have always negotiated
in good faith with Cuba, but Fidel Castro has not kept his part
of the deal while receiving undeserved benefits. On the contrary,
he has violated so far any agreement with impunity. He has made
a mockery out of his commitments and more than deserves the condemnation
by the community of free nations.
CUBAN CANADIAN FOUNDATION
Tel/Fax: (416) 696-8679 Toronto, March 24, 2003