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03 de Febrero del 2000

ATTENTION ALL REPATRIATED RAFTERS WHO ARE VICTIMS OF HARASSMENT. By Luis Ramon Hernandez, Cuba Free Press.

Villa Clara.- The Rafters Association of Peace, Democracy and Liberty (RAPDAL) of North-Central Cuba, at Avenue 39, No.1603 between 16 and 18 streets in Caibarien, Villa Clara, hereby gives notice to all repatriated rafters on the Island who are being persecuted or harassed to get in touch with the group.

If a returned raft-rider is being physically or psychologically intimidated or is suffering from such injustices as repetitive home searches, confiscation of goods or loss of employment because of the rafter status, the group's president, Margarito Broche Espinosa asks him or her to write to the association with details about harassment and grievances.

The group's organizers say they need three copies of each letter which should be typed or clearly hand-printed and should also include three envelopes.

First deadline for responses is Feb. 24. The significance of this date is that it is the fourth anniversary of the downing of two Brothers-to-the-Rescue planes, when four pilots lost their lives.

The National Association of Rafters will present the letters to the United States Interests' Office as well as to the U.S. Congress, which has three Cuban-Americans as members of the House of Representatives. The purpose of the presentation is to make the U.S. Congress aware of the rafters' plight and the injustices to which they are being submitted. The association notes that any government actions against ex-raft-riders violates the migratory treaty between the United States and Cuba.

Before concluding its announcement, the group's organizers also asked the government in Havana to "cease and desist the harassment and persecution of the repatriated rafters in Cuba. We ask that it comply with the migratory treaty." The treaty was signed by U.S. and Cuban representatives on May 5, 1995.

The organizers also said, "We ask Cuban authorities to honor the 30 Articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights," according to its president, Margarito Broche Espinosa,

Luis Ramon Hernandez, Cuba Free Press.


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