Appeal for International Inquiry into the Death of Oswaldo Paya

[Updated on March 22, 2013. The spokesman of UNSG Ban Ki-moon acknowledged the appeal in this UN briefing.]

Appeal for International Inquiry into the Death of Oswaldo Paya

An open letter to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, and Ambassadors of all Member States

12 March 2013

Excellencies,

We urge you to support our demand for an international and independent investigation into the alleged murder of Cuban dissident Oswaldo Payá, a world-renowned figure and recipient of the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize, who died in a car crash in Bayamo, Cuba, on July 22, 2012, together with fellow activist Harold Cepero.

In dramatic new testimony by the driver of the car, Ángel Carromero describes, in a Washington Post interview dated 6 March 2013, how their vehicle was followed, harassed and ultimately rammed from behind by a car bearing government license plates. Mr. Carromero further alleges that, following the crash, he was drugged, mistreated and coerced by Cuban authorities into making a false confession.

The new revelations corroborate the claims made by the families of the victims and other witnesses, as well as the report by Spain’s ABC news agency about text messages sent contemporaneous with the incident from the mobile phones of Mr. Carromero and another passenger, Aron Modig, indicating that their car was chased and then hit, causing the crash.

Significantly, according to the family of Oswaldo Payá, state security agents had repeatedly threatened to kill him.

Mounting and credible allegations that the Cuban government may have been complicit in the murder of its most prominent critic, a leading figure in the human rights world, cannot go ignored by the international community.

The families of the victims, and the people of Cuba, have a right to know the truth, and they have a right to justice. This can only happen with the creation of an international and independent inquiry. We therefore respectfully urge you to support our call.

Sincerely,

  1. Armando Calderon Sol, former President of El Salvador
  2. Alfredo Cristiani, former President of El Salvador
  3. Luis Alberto Lacalle, former President of Uruguay
  4. Alejandro Toledo, former President of Peru
  5. Luis Alberto Monge, former president of Costa Rica
  6. Edward McMillan-Scott, Vice-President of European Parliament
  7. Markus Meckel, former Foreign Minister of Germany
  8. Irwin Cotler, MP, former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
  9. Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Laureate
  10. Zbigniew Romaszewski, former Speaker of Polish Senate, a founder of the Solidarity movement
  11. Stanislav Shushkevich, former president of Supreme Soviet of Belarus, a current opposition leader in Belarus
  12. Arnold Vaatz MP, Deputy Leader CDU, Germany
  13. Emma Henriksson MP, Group leader, The Christian Democrats, The Swedish National Parliament
  14. Jón Baldvin Hannibalsson, former Foreign Minister of Iceland
  15. Mantas Adomênas MP, Lithuania
  16. Laura Alonso MP, Argentina
  17. Mbarka Bouaida, former MP, Morocco
  18. Philip Claeys MEP, Belgium
  19. Michael Danby MP, Australia
  20. Mátyás Eörsi, Secretary-General of Parliamentary Forum for Democracy, former MP, Hungary
  21. David Kilgour, former MP, Canada
  22. Adam Lipinski MP, former State Secretary of Poland
  23. Martin Palouš, former Ambassador, Czech Republic
  24. Marija Aušrinė Pavilioniene MP, Lithuania
  25. Marco Perduca, Italian Senator, co-vicepresident of Nonviolent Radical Party
  26. Janelle Saffin MP, Australia
  27. Egidijus Vareikis MP, Lithuania
  28. Renate Wohlwend MP, Lichtenstein
  29. Emanuelis Zingeris MP, Lithuania, President of Parliamentary Forum for Democracy
  30. Algis Chaste MP, Lithuania
  31. Rimantas Jonas Days MP, Lithuania
  32. Corina Fusu MP, Moldova
  33. Tadeusz Iwinski MP, Poland
  34. Vytautas Juozapaitis MP, Lithuania
  35. Liutauras Kazlavickas MP, Lithuania
  36. Valeriu Munteanu MP, Moldova
  37. Victor Popa MP, Moldova
  38. Paulius Saudargas MP, Lithuania
  39. Valeriu Saharneanu MP, Moldova
  40. Werner Schulz MEP, Germany
  41. Aurelija Stancikiene MP, Lithuania
  42. Povilas Urbsys MP, Lithuania
  43. Fabian Hamilton MP, United Kingdom
  44. Patricio Walker, Senator, Chile
  45. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, former Congressman, United States
  46. Matteo Mecacci, former MP, Italy
  47. András Schiffer MP, Hungary
  48. Katalin Ertsey MP, Hungary
  49. Eligijus Masiulis MP, Lithuania
  50. Gintaras Steponavičius MP, Lithuania
  51. Albinas Mitrulevičius MP, Lithuania
  52. Irena Šiaulienė MP, Lithuania
  53. Domas Petrulis MP, Lithuania
  54. Algirdas Sysas MP, Lithuania
  55. Raminta Popovienė MP, Lithuania
  56. Gediminas Kirkilas MP, Lithuania
  57. Arūnas Dudėnas MP, Lithuania
  58. Orinta Leiputė MP, Lithuania
  59. Audronė Pitrėnienė MP, Lithuania
  60. Dangutė Mikutienė MP, Lithuania
  61. Zita Žvikienė MP, Lithuania
  62. Jolita Vaickienė MP, Lithuania
  63. Valentinas Mazuronis MP, Lithuania
  64. Vytautas Antanas Matulevičius MP, Lithuania
  65. Linas Balsys MP, Lithuania
  66. Vitalijus Gailius MP, Lithuania
  67. Rokas Žilinskas MP, Lithuania
  68. Juras Požėla MP, Lithuania
  69. János Horváth MP, Hungary
  70. Rene Bolio, former Senator, Mexico, President of Concertation Mexicana
  71. Rosa Díez González MP, Spain
  72. Carlos Martínez Gorriarán MP, Spain
  73. Álvaro Anchuelo Crego MP, Spain
  74. Irene Lozano Domingo MP, Spain
  75. Antonio Cantó García del Moral MP, Spain
  76. Francisco Sosa Wagner MEP, Spain
  77. Carlo Casini MEP, Italy
  78. Annelie Enochson MP, Sweden
  79. Alf Svensson MEP, Sweden
  80. Penilla Gunther MP, Sweden
  81. Bi-khim Hsiao MP, Taiwan
  82. Yi-Jin Yeh MP, Taiwan
  83. Kun-Tse Lee MP, Taiwan
  84. Chun-Yi Lee MP, Taiwan
  85. Tai-Hua Lin MP, Taiwan
  86. Chia-Lung Lin MP, Taiwan
  87. Wen-Ling Huang MP, Taiwan
  88. Chien-Kuo Liu MP, Taiwan
  89. Tuan Yi-Kang MP, Taiwan
  90. Yu Mei-Nu MP, Taiwan
  91. Josep Antoni Duran i Lleida, Unió Democràtica de Catalunya President, President of the External Affairs Commission of the Spanish Parliament
  92. Ramon Espadaler, Unió Democràtica de Catalunya President of General Assembly, Catalan Minister of Interior
  93. Josep Maria Pelegrí, Unió Democràtica de Catalunya Secretary General, Catalan Minister of Agriculture
  94. Joana Ortega,Unió Democràtica de Catalunya Vice President, Vice President of Government of Catalonia
  95. Salvador Sedó i Alabart, International Relations Secretary, Unió Democràtica de Catalunya, Member of the European Parliament
  96. Josep Sanchez Llibre MP, Spain
  97. Hillel Neuer, Executive Director, United Nations Watch
  98. John Suarez, International Secretary, Cuban Democratic Directorate
  99. Carl Gershman, President, the National Endowment for Democracy
  100. Ken Wollack, President, National Democratic Institute
  101. Lorne Craner, President, International Republican Institute
  102. David Kramer, President, Freedom House
  103. Zohra Yusuf, Chairperson, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan
  104. Yang Jianli, President, Initiatives for China
  105. Carlos E. Ponce, General Coordinator, Latin American and Caribbean Network for Democracy
  106. Faisal Fulad, Secretary General, Bahrain Human Rights Watch Society
  107. Art Kaufman, Senior Director, World Movement for Democracy, National Endowment for Democracy
  108. Alessandro Pettenuzzo, European Union of Public Relations
  109. Lehlohonolo Chefa,  Executive Director, Policy Analysis and Research Institute of Lesotho
  110. Anki Flores, Former Secretary-General of the Antiracism Information Service, Geneva
  111. Shauna Leven, Director, René Cassin organization
  112. Bhawani Shanker Kusum, Executive Director, Gram Bharati Samiti, India
  113. Duy Hoang, Spokesperson, Viet Tan
  114. Dickson Ntwiga, Executive Director, Solidarity House International Foundation
  115. Nazanin Afshin-Jam, President, Stop Child Executions
  116. Atamao B T Kane, President, Southpanafrican International
  117. Okay Machisa, Zimbabwe Human Rights Association
  118. Obinna Egbuka, President, Youth Enhancement Organization International Multiracial Shared Cultural Organization
  119. Zofia Romaszewska, one of the founders of Solidarity movement, Poland
  120. Fernando Savater, philosopher, writer and activist, Spain
  121. D. José Luis Orella, President, Foro Arbil, Spain
  122. Sasha Gosh-Siminoff, Executive Director, Syrian Emergency Task Force
  123. Jorge Ocejo Moreno, President, Organización Demócrata Cristiana de América, Former Mexican Senator
  124. Viktorija BRAŽIŪNAITĖ, Chair, Young Leaders Forum
  125. Mazen Hasan, Chairman, Syrian Expatriates Organization

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