The Voice Of Your Rights

Yoani Sánchez inaugurates a series of interviews on the channel Deutsche Welle Latin America: The Voice of Your Rights. (Video capture)

Yoani Sánchez inaugurates a series of interviews on the channel Deutsche Welle Latin America: The Voice of Your Rights. (Video capture)

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Generation Y, 4 April 2016 — What to do when you have a loudspeaker in your hand? Since 2007 when I started my blog Generation Y, this question has haunted me. Often the visibility does not benefit those who need it most and the protective umbrellas provided by access to international organizations only reach a few. To occupy the microphone to broadcast only your own speech is a wastefulness that is a monologue more than an informative work. The Voice of Your Rights, the new interview program I will host on the Deutsche Welle Latin American TV program seeks to bring the megaphone to those who need it most.

With 40 episodes filmed in Panama City, the new space hosts a guest list essential for those who want to know our region and learn about the stories of its people. Environmental activists, women who fight against femicide, human rights organizations that denounce prison overcrowding and groups addressing child labor from all viewpoints are some of the themes that will be addressed by the people with whom I will share the studio in the coming weeks.

My role in this program, which has as its protagonists those who are trying to open a window where the door is closed, is not only for a professional challenge in my career as a journalist, but part of a personal commitment to the most silenced in every society. The cameras and the power of audiovisual media will serve to make their projects more effective and their lives less dangerous.

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64 thoughts on “The Voice Of Your Rights

  1. SUN SENTINEL NEWS EDITORIAL (Video) : Carnival should table launch of Cuba cruise — The decision may be disappointing, but it shouldn’t be tough for Carnival Corp., now engulfed in a public relations nightmare over its maiden cruise to Cuba. Now that it knows Cuban-born Americans would be forbidden from disembarking, Carnival should cancel its week-long May 1 voyage to Cuba, the first by an American cruise line. It is not OK for an American business to abide by policies that discriminate against Americans. It is not OK for an American business to check the birthplace on citizens’ passports before letting them aboard. It is not OK for an American business to create two classifications of Americans, no matter the rhetoric of presidential candidates who would discriminate against Muslim-Americans and gays.

    http://www.sun-sentinel.com/opinion/editorials/fl-editorial-carnival-cuba-cruise-20160412-story.html

  2. THE LEFT STILL VERY SILENT ON THIS DISCRIMINATION ISSUE!
    MIAMI HERALD: Miami-Dade mayor calls on Carnival to cancel cruise to Cuba if Cuban-born Americans can’t buy tickets – BY DOUGLAS HANKS –
    Miami-Dade’s mayor on Wednesday called on Carnival to cancel cruises to Cuba if Cuban-born Americans can’t buy tickets, and accused the Doral-based company of violating the county’s human-rights ordinance by enforcing a Cuban law restricting who can travel to the island by sea. Mayor Carlos Gimenez called a press conference to raise the possibility of a court fight between the world’s largest cruise company and the county that owns the port where Carnival plans to launch its first cruises to Havana next month. At issue is a rule banning Cuban-born Americans from traveling to the country by sea, a category that covers much of the Miami area’s political leadership.

    “I find it offensive that I as a citizen of the United States, although born in Cuba, cannot buy a ticket simply because of my national origin,” Gimenez told reporters. He said he’s asked county lawyers to rule on whether Carnival’s booking policy violates a county ordinance banning discrimination based on national origin.

    Carnival said it had no choice but to enforce the rule when booking tickets for its new Miami-to-Havana route out of PortMiami. The company said it is asking the Castro regime to waive the rule before the first ships sails on May 1 under Carnival’s new “impact travel” brand called fathom, which is marketed as encouraging interactions between cruise passengers and the countries they visit.

    Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article71567862.html#storylink=cpy

  3. THE DAILY BEAST: Cuba’s 12 Most Absurd Prohibitions That Tourists May Never Notice – by Yusnaby Perez

    #2-No sailing on tourist boats. There is not an actual law that forbids Cubans getting on boats and ships, but authorities have applied this restriction for many years. According to Cubatur (a state travel agent) “Cubans—no matter where they live—may not be sold a tourist package that includes a catamaran or a yacht. This enjoyment is exclusive to foreign tourists.”

    #4-Can’t live in Havana (without a permit). Can someone from L.A. live in Washington, D.C.? The answer is obvious. But in Cuba, can someone from Bayamo live in Havana? The answer is NO, unless he or she has a permit. The Decree-Law 217-1997 on “Internal migrations regarding the city of Havana” dictates that people from other provinces may not live in the capital without a “transitory” document; that is, an authorization issued by the Ministry of the Interior. This violates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which says, “Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state.” Not here.
    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/05/15/cuba-s-12-most-absurd-prohibitions-that-tourists-may-never-notice.html

  4. WASHINGTON POST EDITORIAL : Venezuela is in desperate need of a political intervention — AN OPPOSITION victory in parliamentary elections in December gave Venezuela a fragile opportunity to arrest what has been an accelerating spiral toward an economic and political crash. Unfortunately, the regime has pursued scorched-earth warfare with the National Assembly, even as the hardships suffered by ordinary Venezuelans mount. Having been illegally packed with government supporters before the legislature took office, the Supreme Court has proceeded to strip the opposition majority of its constitutional powers and reject every measure it has passed. The latest, on Monday, was an amnesty bill that would have freed 76 opposition activists, including three senior figures whose release is the essential starting point for political reconciliation. Like every other ruling it has issued, the court’s rejection of the prisoner release was ludicrous in its lack of legal sense. The justices claimed that the prisoners’ release would be unfair to victims of violence in anti-government demonstrations two years ago. But as human rights groups have extensively documented, most of that bloodshed, including 43 deaths, was committed by the regime’s security forces; far from engaging in violence, opposition leaders made speeches against it. No matter: Leopoldo López, the top politician being held, was sentenced to nearly 14 years for allegedly sending “subliminal messages” of incitement.
    Venezuela is desperately in need of political intervention by its neighbors, which have a ready mechanism in the Organization of American States’ Inter-American Democratic Charter, a treaty that provides for collective action when a regime violates constitutional norms. But the region’s leaders are distracted: Brazil is suffering its own political crisis, while the Obama administration is preoccupied with its outreach to Cuba. While the White House courts the Castros, they are using their control over Venezuela’s intelligence and security forces, and longtime acolyte Mr. Maduro, to foment his kamikaze tactics. An explosion is probably not far off.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/venezuela-is-in-desperate-need-of-a-political-intervention/2016/04/12/d7071d98-00c9-11e6-9203-7b8670959b88_story.html

  5. So you were able to go by plane Humberto, but now not by boat, why? I have a suspicion, and it must be part of the general Castrista “paranoia logic”. Another sign of their weakness,good!

  6. SAME OLD BLAH, BLAH, BLAH FROM JOHN KERRY AND HIS GANG AT THE STATE DEPARTMENT! HOW ABOUT GETTING SOME CONCESSIONS FROM THE CASTRO OLIGARCHY, LIKE AFFORDABLE AND UNCENSORED INTERNET FOR THE CUBAN PEOPLE! — U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE: Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2015
    CUBA: Arbitrary arrests and short-term detentions continued to be a common government method for controlling independent public expression and political activity. By law police have wide discretion to stop and question citizens, request identification, and carry out arrests and searches. The law provides that police officials furnish suspects a signed “act of detention,” noting the basis, date, and location of any detention in a police facility and a registry of personal items seized during a police search. Police officials routinely conducted short-term detentions, at times accompanied by assault. Arbitrary stops and searches were most common in urban areas and at government-controlled checkpoints located at the entrances to provinces and municipalities. Searches and seizures of property by police officials without providing any record or legal justification were also common. Police and security officials continued to use short-term and sometimes violent detentions to prevent independent political activity or free assembly. Such detentions generally lasted for several hours. An independent domestic monitoring group, the Cuban Commission on Human Rights and Reconciliation (CCDHRN), counted 8,616 detentions through the year, compared with 8,899 in 2014. Members of the Damas de Blanco reported 36 consecutive Sundays of short-term detentions following the Summit of the Americas in Panama. Detentions of that group continued throughout the year. UNPACU also reported an increase in short-term detentions in Havana. Long-term imprisonment of peaceful government critics, while rare, sometimes occurred. The law allows a maximum four-year preventive detention of individuals not charged with an actual crime, with a subjective determination of “potential dangerousness,” defined as the “special proclivity of a person to commit crimes, demonstrated by conduct in manifest contradiction of socialist norms.” Mostly used as a tool to control “antisocial” behaviors, such as substance abuse or prostitution, authorities also used such detention to silence peaceful political opponents. While there was no definitive information on the number of persons serving sentences for “potential dangerousness,” the CCDHRN estimated more than 4,000 citizens were held on the charge.
    See more at: http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/hrrpt/humanrightsreport/index.htm#wrapper

  7. QUE SE JODAN! CUBAN-AMERICANS HAVE A RIGHT TU SUE FOR THIS DISCRIMINATORY POLICY THAT KING OBAMA HAS ALLOWED – MIAMI — The first cruise ship scheduled to sail to Cuba from the United States is under fire, and now facing a federal lawsuit, because people born on the island are forbidden from the voyage.
    Two Cuban-Americans who were turned down when they tried to book a seat on a Fathom cruise set to visit Cuba filed the lawsuit late Tuesday, claiming the inability of a group of Americans to participate in a public activity violates the Civil Rights Act. The lawsuit targets Fathom’s parent company, Miami-based cruise giant Carnival Corp., and asks for the May 1 cruise to be stopped.Robert Rodriguez, one of the lawyers who filed the complaint, said he was shocked when his clients explained they were told by a booking agent they couldn’t purchase the trip because they were born in Cuba. Rodriguez said Carnival has long been one of the most influential companies in South Florida, the heart of the Cuban community in the U.S., and its willingness to bar Cuban-Americans for the sake of sailing to Cuba disappointed him.
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/04/13/cuba-cruise-carnival-cuban-american-lawsuit/82973694/

  8. QUE SE JODAN! LETS GET ALL CRUISES TO CUBA CANCELED!
    USA TODAY: Lacking approval, cruise line cancels more Cuba voyages – by Gene Sloan – When it comes to cruising to Cuba, saying you’re going to do it is one thing. Getting permission is another. That’s the lesson that small-ship operator Pearl Seas Cruises has been learning in recent weeks as it has been forced to cancel one long-planned sailing to the island nation after another due to a lack of Cuban government approvals. Pearl Seas announced last July that it would launch 10-night cruises from the USA to Cuba this spring on its single ship, the 210-passenger Pearl Mist. Six sailings were planned for March and April, and Pearl Seas began taking bookings for cabins at fares that started at $7,810 per person.

    But as customers have been finding out in recent weeks, the line was selling the trips without permission from the Cuban government to operate them, and as the sailing dates neared, the permission did not materialize as the line expected. The cancellations began.
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/cruises/2016/04/09/cuba-cruise-pearl-seas/82829178/

  9. NBC NEWS SOUTH FLORIDA VIDEO: Protesters at Carnival Cruise Lines Over Cuban Ban — Demonstrators converged outside the Carnival Cruise Lines headquarters in Doral Tuesday to protest over Cuba’s rule banning Cuban-born people from returning to the Communist island by boat.The Democracy Movement organized the protest, calling the Cuban law discriminatory and calling out Carnival for abiding by the law. The group says they have presented their case to the American Civil Liberties Union. “I would hope that Carnival would do its best to allow the Cubans to go to Cuba,” said Ramon Saul Sanchez, who helped organize the protest. “We believe this is similar to when blacks had to sit in the back of the bus. We are trying to somehow take example of Miss Rosa Parks and sit in the front of the bus.”
    http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Protesters-at-Carnival-Cruise-Lines-Over-Cuban-Ban-375425311.html

  10. I like the idea of a Cuban Consulate in Florida. This will give closure to the Cold War. The majority of Cuban Americans living today in Florida support normalization of relations with Cuba and a Consulate in Florida will facilitate trade and travel. If the Russians can open an arms factory in Florida, certainly the Cubans can open a Consulate in the United States. The Cold War has been officially over for many years. The generation that had a stake in the struggle between the people or corporatism controlling the country are dead. Cuba has survive invasion, blockade, fall of the Soviet Union, special period and more than 100 years of American neo-colonialism, intervention and aggression against Cuban sovereignty and independence. The American People welcome Cuba to the United States when the Cuban embassy raise their flag. Mojitos for everybody!!!

  11. CAPITOL HILL CUBANS: Google’s Cuban Partner Admits Monitoring Users

    As we posted last week, Google’s new Havana center (in partnership with pro-Castro artist, Kcho) has become a playground for Cuba’s spies and future cyber-warriors. Furthermore, after passing various security checks, when regular Cubans finally get to enter the center, they are treated to censored online access. Thus, Google has now officially become an extension of Cuba’s censors. In case you had any doubts, here are some new quotes from Kcho and the security personnel at Google’s Havana center admitting such practices: “We maintain a database to control everyone who enters,” said the head of security at the Google+Kcho Mor center.

    “We are monitoring all the pages being viewed because I want to know what the connection is being used for,” said Kcho himself.

    Google should feel very proud.

    Pictured below: Raul Castro and Google’s Cuban partner, Kcho.
    http://www.capitolhillcubans.com/2016/04/googles-cuban-partner-admits-monitoring.html?m=1

  12. CUBAN GRAFFITI ARTIST Danilo Maldonado aka “El Sexto” HAS BEEN CITED BY THE POLICE TO SHOW UP TODAY FOR AN “INTERVIEW”!

  13. DEAR yngso, HARDLY DISAPPOINTED! I HAVE BEEN TO CUBA TO VISIT MY FAMILY FOUR TIMES IN THE PAST 15 YEARS! DON’T NEED TO GO BACK TILL THE CASTRO OLIGARCHY MAFIA IS OUT OF THE PICTURE!

    HAVING A CASTRO CONSULATE IN THE MIDDLE OF WHERE HIS VICTIMS LIVE IS PRETTY INSENSITIVE!

    MIAMI HERALD: Emotions run high on idea of Cuban consulate in Miami Beach – by Joey Flechas

    Members of the community spoke passionately Monday night at Miami Beach City Hall in reaction to the suggestion that Miami Beach could host a Cuban consulate.

    The city’s citizen Hispanic Affairs Committee hosted a public discussion on the topic, which has become a political lightning rod. A majority of speakers, some from Miami Beach and many from around Miami-Dade, decried the idea that a consulate could open in the seaside city. Not all opposed. A smaller group of residents favored a consulate.

    After about three hours of public comments, the committee sided with detractors who called for more reforms in Cuba before welcoming diplomats. They passed a resolution urging the City Commission to formally oppose a Cuban consulate in the Beach so long as the communist island nation’s government continues “its violation of basic freedoms and human rights.”

    During a trip to Cuba in late March, Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and Commissioner Ricky Arriola met with the island nation’s Foreign Relations Ministry. The two Beach officials said they would welcome Cuban diplomats in their city.

    Julia Davila, a Cuban immigrant who has lived in Miami Beach for 47 years, said she came following political imprisonment. She said anyone who has seen the suffering of political prisoners in Cuba would adamantly oppose a consulate.

    “Put it somewhere else,” she said. “Put it out by Lake Okeechobee.”

    Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/miami-beach/article71275292.html#emlnl=The_Americas#storylink=cpy

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