TEN MEASURES TO BENEFIT THE CUBAN FAMILY
A Statement from Consenso Cubano
Three years ago, Consenso Cubano felt it was necessary to promote measures that would directly benefit the Cuban people and families while continuing to work towards a democratic, non-violent, sovereign and definitive future for Cuba.
Based on its foundational pillars, Consenso Cubano identified three specific areas of rights and liberties that are of strong humanitarian significance for Cuban families. Accordingly, it proposed the adoption of measures in the following areas:
1) The right to freely exit and enter the homeland, to freely choose place of residency, and family reunification.
2) The right to accessible and fluid communication, at market prices.
3) The right to send and receive individual and material assistance to family.
During his electoral campaign, President Barack Obama announced a series of measures that corresponded, for the most part, with the proposals of Consenso Cubano. Today, almost every measure the U.S. government was responsible for implementing has been put into effect by the pertinent institutions. In addition, there are other measures that the U.S. government and Cuban authorities are currently negotiating, such as the normalization of regular air mail between Cuba and the United States. These measures would undoubtedly benefit the Cuban family in a direct and tangible way.
However, little has been done by the Cuban government regarding the concrete steps and measures that were expected to be taken in order to implement these changes. Today, the Cuban family continues to wait for the steps that were identified three years ago under the following 10 crucial measures:
For Consenso Cubano, the present norms and laws limiting the liberty of the Cuban people to travel freely and to keep fluid communication and mutual support between the Island’s residents and its Diaspora are violations of the fundamental rights that particularly harm the Cuban family. It is for this reason that we insist on the immediate elimination of the barriers that hinder, limit, and harm the free exercise of these rights.
Based on the above mentioned considerations, Consenso Cubano calls upon Cuban families to, as a whole, claim these just measures from Cuban authorities. We equally ask governments, institutions, organizations, churches and religious institutions of all denominations, as well as people of good will from around the globe, to join us in this constructive effort.
Miami. 28 October 2009