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12 de Abril del 2000

NGO REPRESENTATIVES ISSUE PRONOUNCEMENT ON OCCASION OF THE HAVANA SUMMIT. By Luis Ramón Hernández, Cuba Free Press.

Santa Clara, April 12.- At the end of a recent meeting here, representatives of the Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) of the central provinces issued a statement for the consideration of the Group-of-77 nations’ summit in Havana.

"1. - We, the NGOs of the emerging civil society in the central region, are meeting in spite of the lack of freedom and the lack of a public space to air the problems that afflict us as a people; we democratically exercise our freedom of speech at this Forum to state that we can help establish a peaceful and civilized transition in the political, economic and social areas that our people so much need.

“2.- At the same time that the present government that has been in power for 41 consecutive years articulates a discourse overseas about democratizing the United Nations, the World Trade Organization, etc., so that the nations of the so-called Third World can take part in global decisions, the Cuban government uses force and shunts aside the new independent political, economic, social and religious sectors that exist in our country. This paradox, plus the material poverty and the death of most of the individual and collective subjectivity of our people, provides a lamentable record still not well understood by many brothers from the Third World.

“One of the purposes of this document is to try to break with the monopolies that our totalitarian regime exercises in its relations with the nations of the southern hemispheres and thus to make known to them that Cuba is more than its present government. There also exist, aside from government, the Cuban people. And if anyone could represent this people honorably, it would be a government elected in a climate of respect and plurality.

“3.- To overcome poverty and marginalism, the first thing lacking is to ‘put the house in order,’ i.e., to create or strengthen a social model based on personal, community and national responsibility, which recognizes that riches are created by working and that happiness must be won by each individual and family and not by waiting for the state to provide it.

“Due to the urgencies and to face the challenges of globalization, there must be investment in human capital and the creation of networks of solidarity that surpass those that the state offers, including those offered by the civil society of every country as well as the international networks. The wealthy nations must understand that the overcoming of poverty and the increase in buying power in the southern hemisphere, in addition to being a human need, empowers new markets for them.

“That which A produces, causes the demand for that which B produces.

“4.- The integration in commercial blocs with the purpose of increasing the trade among Southern and Regional nations, the creation of a financing bank, telecommunications systems, insurance companies, training for businessmen, stimulation of direct investments, mechanisms for the promotion and protection of investments, establishment of mixed enterprises, collaboration of commercial fairs and many other initiatives agreed to by the "Businessmen of the Southern Forum," appear to us to be very good and we see them as an instrumental, technical and sensible - not ideological - reading of the dark sides of globalization.

“Representative and participatory democracy and respect for human rights, sustainable economic growth on the basis of the preservation of the environment and social development, redistribution of wealth and social justice (or whatever it is named), are interactive and this is our permanent aspiration.

“5.- The new millenium presents a formidable challenge for the nations of the South. Subjects such as globalization, knowledge and technology, South-South cooperation and North-South relations are within the agenda of the forum. We raise our voice to sensitize the chorus of nations of the South to the suffering that we Cubans endure.

“If anyone has doubts, he or she can go out on the streets to verify the suffering and visit our self-sacrificing defenders of human rights. That way he or she can obtain the information needed. It would be worthwhile on this occasion that our visiting brothers and sisters include in their agendas the direct solidarity with the common person, without artificial mediations.

“Signed: Maceo Movement for Dignity, provincial delegate Enrique Hernández Martínez; Democraic Action Movement, President Luis Ramón Hernández; Nationalist Civic Movement, President Tomás González Coya; Cuban Reflexion Movement, General Secretary Librado Linares García; Pedro Luis Boitel Civic Resistance Movement, President Berta Antúnez; Mario de la Peña Human Rights Movement, President Omar Pernet; Cuban Human Rights Party, provincial delegate Jorge Bocanegra; José Martí of the Cuban Republic National Committee, President Amador Blanco; November 30th Democratic Party, provincial delegate Amado Ruiz Moreno; Cuban Human Rights Party (afilliated with the Andrei Sakharov Foundation), provincial delegate Armando Pérez Bucarano; National Council for Civil Rights, provincial delegate Alejandro García; North Central Rafters Association for Peace, Democracy and Dignity, delegates Margarito Broche Espinoza and Ramón Martín Ruiz; Confederation of Free Workers, delegate Rigoberto González Morales; José Martí of the Republic of Cuba Commission, President José García-Díaz Palacio and Santiago Torres González; Democratic Solidarity Party, provincial delegate Mercedes Ruiz.

Luis Ramón Hernández, Cuba Free Press.


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