Delegation of Cuban
Exiles to meet with members of the French National Assembly in Paris.
Paris, April 13, 2004 – Sylvia G. Iriondo, representing Mothers and
Women Against Repression (M.A.R. POR CUBA); Caridad Roque, ex political
prisoner and M.A.R.’s activist, and Ernesto Díaz Rodríguez, ex political
prisoner and member of “Plantados Hasta la Libertad y la Democracia en
Cuba”, appeared before the French National Assembly to thank its
representatives for their solidarity in sponsoring 79 Cuban political
prisoners up to this date, as part of a campaign launched by the
European Collective Free Cuba.
Iriondo, Roque and Díaz Rodriguez, were introduced by Francoise
Hostalier, former Delegate Minister of Education for the French
government and current President of the human-rights organization Action
Droits de l’Homme; Laurent Mueller of the Free Cuba European
Association, and William Navarrete on behalf of the Third Cuban Republic
Association, who organized the event.
The exiles denounced the subhuman and deplorable conditions to which
Cuban political prisoners are subjected to, as well as the systematic
violations of all fundamental rights and liberties perpetrated by
Castro’s repressive regime. An urgent appeal was made on behalf of
Leonardo Miguel Bruzón Ávila, whose situation is currently critical at a
Hospital in Havana.
This event is the first of a series of activities scheduled for this day
in which the large exile delegation representing various organizations
will participate, which includes a Press Conference organized by
Reporters without Borders and the weekly demonstration in front of
Castro’s embassy in Paris.