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e-3274 (Foreign affairs)

Initiated by Michael Lima from Niagara Falls, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the House of Commons

  • Canada has publicly committed itself to the international defence of human rights;
  • The Cuban regime has repeatedly ignored recommendations made by Canada in the September 2018 Universal Periodic Review to immediately stop arbitrary, short term detentions and intimidation of activists;
  • Cuban authorities continue to arbitrarily detain, intimidate and imprison independent artists, journalists and members of the political opposition as stated by Amnesty International and other organizations; and
  • A nationwide movement of Cuban artists, intellectuals and human rights activists are raising their voices in support of individual liberties in Cuba and they have made urgent calls to the international community for solidarity and support.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to:
1. Make a public statement in solidarity with the San Isidro Movement, the Patriotic Union of Cuba and all civil society groups leading the peaceful struggle for human rights in the island;
2. Unequivocally condemn the arbitrary detentions and intimidation of activists in Cuba, as has been done in the cases of Venezuela, Belarus and other nations;
3. Urge the Canadian government to join Amnesty International and the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and demand the release of Cuban political prisoners Aymara Nieto Muñoz, Melkis Faure Hechevarría and Edilberto Arzuaga Alcalá, as well as hundreds of others arbitrarily imprisoned by the Cuban regime for political reasons; and
4. Exhort the Canadian government to invite human rights activists to its embassy in Havana and listen to their accounts of repression in Cuba.
Open for signature
March 18, 2021, at 12:13 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
June 16, 2021, at 12:13 p.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Tom Kmiec (Calgary Shepard)
June 23, 2021 (Petition No. 432-01241)
Photo - Tom Kmiec
Calgary Shepard
Conservative Caucus