Petition to the Government of Canada

  Whereas:

  

    Canadian foreign policy supports a future for Cuba that fully embraces the fundamental values of freedom, democracy, human rights, and the rule of law;

    The Cuban people have expressed their desire to live in a democracy, as evidenced by the July 11 protests, in which more than 187,000 Cubans peacefully took to the streets throughout Cuba to demand freedom; and

    Politically motivated arrest and incarceration of thousands of protesters, artists and activists have intensified to the point that on July 11, 2021, Cuba surpassed Nicaragua and Venezuela combined in the number of political prisoners, a repressive scale not seen in decades.

  

  

    We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to:

    1. Call on the Cuban regime to immediately and unconditionally release all those detained and imprisoned for the exercise of their freedom of expression and peaceful assembly;

    2. Join Amnesty International and the United Nations and demand the release of José Daniel Ferrer, Luis Manuel Otero, Esteban Rodríguez, Maykel Castillo «Osorbo» and all prisoners of conscience in Cuba;

    

    3. Use the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act to sanction high-ranking officials in Cuba responsible for perpetrating gross human rights violations, repression, abductions, arbitrary arrests, persecution, torture and beating of peaceful protesters and pro-democracy activists;

    

    4. Urge the Cuban regime to submit to the will of the people through free, fair, and multi-party elections; and

    

    5. Recognize all pro-democracy organizations in the island as valid and formal representatives of the Cuban people and engage in conversations with them as part of bilateral relations between Canada and Cuba.