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I come to my country because it is my right

“I come to my country because it is my right” — Rosa Maria Paya /
Cubanet, Ignacio Gonzalez and Osmel Almaguer
Posted on May 12, 2015

Cubanet, Ignacio González and Osmel Almaguer, Havana, 11 May 2015 — Rosa
María Payá, daughter of the late fighter for in Cuba,
, arrived in Havana on Monday morning, from the Miami
, in order to reunite with family and friends and to honor the
memory of the father.

The daughter of the important fighter, who traveled to her homeland in
the company of other activists, commented on the military presence in
the “José Martí” National Airport, which is, according to his fellow
passengers, an anomaly.

She also said she does not know the length of her stay and must take
care of some legal paperwork before her return.

“I come to my country because that is my right as it is the right of all
Cubans, whether or not it is recognized in the law. I think we have a
unique opportunity as Cubans to work for our welfare, taking the risks
to work to win our rights,” she said.

Rosa Maria kindly agreed to answer some questions for this team of
reporters, and thanked those who support her cause, and the importance
of the legacy of her father:

“My greatest thanks to the people who have accompanied me on my return
to my country, to the people who have electronically sent flowers to
honor the memory of my father. We have many friends and Cubans who want
to honor the memory of Oswaldo Paya, and emphasize that his legacy is
still relevant.”

Oswaldo Paya was one of the founders of the Christian Liberation
Movement, created in 1988 with the aim of fighting for the human and
civil rights of Cubans. He is known worldwide for his intention to run
for deputy to the National Assembly of People’s Power, and in 1997
achieved hundreds of signatures supporting his candidacy.

He also co-founded the Project in 1998, which pursued collecting
over 10,000 signatures to present to the government asking for for
changes in legislation through a national referendum. For this work, he
received the prestigious Andrei Sakharov Prize for Human Rights from the
European Parliament in 2002.

His death took place in dubious circumstances and there is currently an
ongoing investigation, pushed by Rosa Maria, to confirm suspicions about
the possible involvement of State Security in his death.

The video accompanying this article is in Spanish:
“I come to my country because it is my right” — Rosa Maria Paya /
Cubanet, Ignacio Gonzalez and Osmel Almaguer
Posted on May 12, 2015

Screen shot from a video of Rosa speaking in Havana after visiting her
father’s grave at the cemetery

Cubanet, Ignacio González and Osmel Almaguer, Havana, 11 May 2015 — Rosa
María Payá, daughter of the late fighter for human rights in Cuba,
Oswaldo Paya, arrived in Havana on Monday morning, from the Miami
airport, in order to reunite with family and friends and to honor the
memory of the father.

The daughter of the important fighter, who traveled to her homeland in
the company of other activists, commented on the military presence in
the “José Martí” National Airport, which is, according to his fellow
passengers, an anomaly.

She also said she does not know the length of her stay and must take
care of some legal paperwork before her return.

“I come to my country because that is my right as it is the right of all
Cubans, whether or not it is recognized in the law. I think we have a
unique opportunity as Cubans to work for our welfare, taking the risks
to work to win our rights,” she said.

Rosa Maria kindly agreed to answer some questions for this team of
reporters, and thanked those who support her cause, and the importance
of the legacy of her father:

“My greatest thanks to the people who have accompanied me on my return
to my country, to the people who have electronically sent flowers to
honor the memory of my father. We have many friends and Cubans who want
to honor the memory of Oswaldo Paya, and emphasize that his legacy is
still relevant.”

Oswaldo Paya was one of the founders of the Christian Liberation
Movement, created in 1988 with the aim of fighting for the human and
civil rights of Cubans. He is known worldwide for his intention to run
for deputy to the National Assembly of People’s Power, and in 1997
achieved hundreds of signatures supporting his candidacy.

He also co-founded the Varela Project in 1998, which pursued collecting
over 10,000 signatures to present to the government asking for for
changes in legislation through a national referendum. For this work, he
received the prestigious Andrei Sakharov Prize for Human Rights from the
European Parliament in 2002.

His death took place in dubious circumstances and there is currently an
ongoing investigation, pushed by Rosa Maria, to confirm suspicions about
the possible involvement of State Security in his death.

The video accompanying this article is in Spanish:

Source: “I come to my country because it is my right” — Rosa Maria Paya
/ Cubanet, Ignacio Gonzalez and Osmel Almaguer | Translating Cuba –
http://translatingcuba.com/i-come-to-my-country-because-it-is-my-right-rosa-maria-paya/

Source: “I come to my country because it is my right” — Rosa Maria Paya
/ Cubanet, Ignacio Gonzalez and Osmel Almaguer | Translating Cuba –
http://translatingcuba.com/i-come-to-my-country-because-it-is-my-right-rosa-maria-paya/

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