Preamble: A national resistance movement has been developing in Cuba. This movement consists of many different organizations and individuals committed to democratic change in their country through nonviolent means. Although opposition organizations in Cuba are not legal, Cubans have increasingly joined them, in spite of extreme risk of arbitrary detention and violence against them, as well as taken to the streets in public demonstrations that have become far more frequent. The Castro Regime has responded with increased repression and violence in order to insure the permanence of the Castro dictatorship in power and dynastic control over the island’s resources.

The Cuban Resistance movement offers both the best hope for democracy in Cuba as well as the best option for guaranteeing a stable government that can unify the Cuban people and begin to reconstruct it. Permanence of dictatorship in Cuba will lead only to a failed state hostile to American values and interests, which will maintain alliances with both terrorist groups and criminal cartels.

Fundamental Principles for Cuba Policy

Fundamental principles:

  1. No repeal of The Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity (Libertad) Act of 1996 until the conditions established in it (release of political prisoners, legalization of political parties, timetables for free elections) are met in Cuba. The Act contains a fundamental body of policy towards Cuba that, if properly applied, can be very effective in helping in the democratization and stabilization of the island. Any effective US policy towards the island should have as its core the proper application of the Libertad Act, it constitutes a blueprint for US policy towards a democratic Cuba.

  2. Recognize and support the Agreement for Democracy (El Acuerdo), a 10-point program for a true transition to democracy in Cuba signed on to by the major Cuban pro-freedom organizations inside and outside Cuba.1 The Agreement was first established in 1998 and has been consistently ratified by the democratic opposition until the recent 2015 Summit of the Americas meeting in Panama.

  3. The US government should recognize, promote and encourage the democratic resistance to the Castro Regime as indispensable partners in a democratic transition in the island.

We all wish for a democratic and prosperous Cuba, but without rule of law re-established in the island, and without the Cuban people being able to elect their own leaders, investment will lead only to the consolidation of the dictatorship.

Additional ideas for proposals and policies can be provided upon request.

Agreement for Democracy  (El Acuerdo)

The Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity (Libertad) Act of 1996


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