The Cuban prisoners of 11-J will have godmothers throughout Latin America to give them a voice

A man arrested on July 11, 2021 (YAMIL LAGE / AFP) (YAMIL LAGE /)

The Union of Latin American Parties (UPLA), which brings together 28 conservative parties from 21 countries, announced on Tuesday in Miami (Florida) an initiative for 137 relevant women from Latin America each sponsor a political prisoner in Cuba in order to monitor and give visibility to their cases.

The first “godmother” is Jimena de La Torre, lawyer and advisor to the Magistracy of the Argentine Nation, who attended the presentation of an initiative at the headquarters of the Cuban Historic Prison in Miami that will have a “huge impact on the regime “.

This was stated by the president of UPLA, the Argentine Julián Obligio, who indicated that they have had a “awesome answer” of the members of the Women’s Network of that organization to exercise the patronage of Cuban political prisoners.

He also said that the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagroprivately congratulated him when he informed him of this initiative, which also includes the Assembly of the Cuban Resistance, based in Miami.

A total of 381 protesters who participated in the historic protests of July 11 and 12, 2021 were convicted in Cuba of various crimes (AFP)
A total of 381 protesters who participated in the historic protests of July 11 and 12, 2021 were convicted in Cuba for various crimes (AFP) (MAYLIN ALONSO /)

The 137 political prisoners chosen for the initiative were all imprisoned as a result of the protests of July 2021, which are known as 11-J, because the main ones took place on the 11th of that month.

The first to be sought a godmother to be their “voice” and their protector are: Aimara Nieto, Arianna López Roque, Donaida Pérez Paseiro, Lisandra Góngora Espinosa, María Cristina Garrido Rodríguez and Angélica Garrido Rodríguez.

Obligio said that in the coming weeks the names of the godmothers will be announced and that all of them “will be women with a voice, as media and with access to public communication.”

They are going to be senators, deputies, mayors, governors and others in elective or other positions, who “have a lot of access to the media, who have a lot of visibility.”

The objective is not to let the cases of the 9/11 prisoners fall into oblivion, “let it be seen that they are still imprisonedthat their human rights are violated, that they are mistreated, things that one believes do not happen anymore, but continue to happen on the island”.

The godmothers are going to take care every week to remember that, to denounce and claim whether something happens to them in prison or if there is no information about his situation, he added.

With 137 godmothers the effect is multiplied, stressed Obligio, who said that he would like to see Alberto Fernández, president of Argentina, carrying a folder of complaints presented by the godmothers in the Argentine Congress or other forums, when he visits Cuba this month.

Nine 9/11 protesters in Cuba are sentenced to up to 15 years in prison
People demonstrate in front of the Capitol in Havana (Cuba), on July 11, 2021 (EFE/Ernesto Mastrascusa) (Ernesto Mastrascusa/)

UPLA believes, he stressed, that “the defense of democracy and freedom in Cuba” cannot be something “endogamicof the Cubans.

The Cuban regime affects the entire continent, we cannot forget about this. So it is important that Argentines, Paraguayans, Uruguayans, Chileans, Bolivians, Colombians, Ecuadorians, Brazilians, we are all united for the Cuban cause and that is what we are doing, ”he stressed.

Jimena de la Torre stated that when she was summoned for this initiative, the first thing she thought was that, like her, who has three children, many of the Cuban prisoners are mothers and some also have their husbands in prison, so there are children in prison. Cuba who are being raised by their grandparents with many difficulties.

“It moves me immensely, so of course I accept the responsibility, I accept it with due seriousness. And that this humble mother and woman have the commitment to carry and be a voice for one of these women until her release ”, she stressed.

(With information from EFE)

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