The members of jury, yesterday in Madrid.
The Diplomat. 07/04/2017
The Peace and Cooperation Foundation granted, yesterday, its annual Freedom of Conscience award to the Cuban dissident Eduardo Cardet, sentenced by Castro’s regime to three years of prison for confronting a police agent, and considered by Amnesty International as a “prisoner of conscience”.
Cardet, a general practitioner in the town of Velasco, in Holguín, was elected in 2014 national coordinator of the Christian Liberation Movement, after the death of its founder and promoter of the Varela Project, Oswaldo Payá.
The award jury justifies its decision as support to all the Cuban prisoners of conscience and to the will of dialogue represented by the Christian Liberation Movement and the Varela Project, which collects signatures to reform Cuba’s electoral legislation with the slogan “one Cuban, one vote”.
The leader of the Christian Liberation Movement is serving a three-year sentence of Castro’s regime
Eduardo Cardet was arrested during the days of national mourning for Fidel’s death in the town of Holguín, and, on 20 March, he was sentenced by a court to three years of prison for attacking the authority by confronting a police agent. Amnesty International considers in a report that the crime has no legal relevance.
The award jury was chaired by the former commissioner of the European Union and Austria’s former Foreign Minister, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, and made up of another sixteen people, among them the president of the Peace and Cooperation Foundation, Joaquín Antuña; the former presidents of the European Parliament Enrique Barón, Josep Borrell and José María Gil-Robles; the former deputy and president of the Spanish Federal Council of the European Movement, Eugenio Nasarre; Spain’s Ambassador and former deputy Javier Rupérez; Madrid’s former mayor, José María Álvarez del Manzano; journalist Fernando González Urbaneja, and the member of the Council of the Presidency of the International Pan-European Union, Carlos Uriarte.
The Peace and Cooperation Foundation, which intends to present the award in May, has been characterized by its support to non-violence and the promotion of the peace culture.