Petition from the former prisoners of conscience exiled by Cuba to Spain, to the foreign ministers of the European Union about the "Common Position on Cuba"posted on Monday, July 19, 2010
Madrid, 19 July 2010
Your Excellencies, the
Foreign Ministers of the European Union
We, the Cuban prisoners of conscience exiled to Spain in recent days, aware of the manifest willingness of some European countries to modify the E.U.’s “Common Position” regarding Cuba, declare our disagreement with an approval of this measure, as we understand that the Cuban government has not taken steps that evidence a clear decision to advance toward the democratization of our country.
Our departure for Spain must not be considered a good-will gesture but a desperate action on the regime’s part in its urgent quest for credits of every type.
It is for that reason that we ask the countries of the European Union not to again soften their exigencies intended to achieve changes toward democracy in Cuba and to secure for all Cubans the same rights that European citizens enjoy.
Ricardo González Alfonso
Mijail Bárzaga Lugo
Normando Hernández González
Antonio Augusto Villarreal Acosta
Omar Rodríguez Saludes
Luis Milán Fernández
Pablo Pacheco Ávila
José Luis García Paneque
Julio César Gálvez
Léster González Pentón