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April 23, 1999, Cuba Free Press. >

CUBAN DISSIDENTS, INTERNAL OPPONENTS REACT TO THE GENEVA VOTE By Ricardo González Alfonso, Cuba Free Press.

HAVANA - The United Nations' Human Rights Commission in Geneva, Switzerland, on April 23 narrowly adopted a resolution condemning the Cuban government for violating human rights. The delegation of the Czech Republic sponsored the resolution and it was co-sponsored by the Republic of Poland.

Twenty-one voted for the measure, 20 against, and 12 abstained. Cuba Press, aware of the importance of the event, sought the reactions of some of the leaders of the peaceful opposition and of human rights observers on the island.

Gerardo Sánchez Santa Cruz, of the Cuban Commission of Human Rights and National Reconciliation, said, "The Cuban government has harvested the result of having changed the policy that it initiated shortly before the Pope's visit. We hope that the results of this voting leads to a reconsideration of this subject by the authorities."

Ileana Someillán, coordinator of the Emerging Committee of the Internal Dissidence Work Group, said, "It is a triumph of the opposition and of those who denounce Cuba's violations of human rights as well as of our supporters in exile. And of course it is a victory for all Cubans, for whom we work. We feel happy and satisfied by the duty accomplished."

Leonel Morejón Almagro, president of NATURPAZ (NaturePeace), and national delegate of the Cuban Council, said, "I feel a great rejoicing because justice has been done - justice for the Cuban people, the martyrs like the four pilots of 'Brothers to the Rescue' murdered by fighter planes of the Cuban Air Force, and justice for the political prisoners on the island."

Vicky Ruiz Ladrit, president of the Cuban Committee of Peaceful Opponents, said, "It is a happy day. The Cuban government was made to sit in the defendant's chair. Reality, unity and justice offer hope and a dream to this people that deserves it so much."

Finally, Lázaro García Cernuda, general secretary of the Pro-Human Rights Party, associated with the Sakharov Foundation, said, "The news has moved us. In 1998, when the voting results were adverse, our activists felt alone. This year's victory is an acknowledgment of the work of those activists and the sacrifice of the political prisoners. Therefore, it goes to show that our efforts have not been in vain."

Ricardo González Alfonso, Cuba Free Press.


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