Visit by Rosa Maria PAYÁ, daughter of Oswaldo José PAYA SARDINAS, EP Sakharov Prize 2002 winner, in the European Parliament.
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - European Parliament
End production: 26/03/2013 First transmission: 26/03/2013
Rosa María PAYÁ, daughter of the Cuban dissident Oswaldo PAYÁ, killed in a car crash on July 2012, visited today the European Parliament in order to ask for support for an international investigation on the accident which caused death to his father and the other Cuban activist, Harold Cepero. From Rosa María's point of view, the death of these two dissidents was not such an accident and she believes that the Cuban government had something to do with it. She has already denounced the several threatens to kill her father received by the family, and she has presented a petition signed by more than 50 international political leaders to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, to open an international investigation on the case. Rosa María PAYÁ offered this point press together with the Spanish MEP of the European´s People Party Salvador SEDÓ i ALABART. His father, Oswaldo PAYÁ, received on 2002 the Sakharov Prize awarded by the EP to honour exceptional individuals who combat intolerance, fanaticism and oppression. Other Cubans have also received this prize, such as The Ladies in White (2005) and Guillermo Fariñas (2010).
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||Exterior shot of the EP, Brussels
||Rosa Maria PAYÁ, daughter of Oswaldo José PAYA SARDINAS, arriving to the meeting with former EP President Hans-Gert PÖTTERING (EPP, DE), greetings. Accompanied by Salvador SEDÓ i ALABART (EPP, ES) and Regis IGLESIAS, Cuban dissident and spokeperson in Spain of the Christian Liberation Movement in Cuba.
||Round table meeting. Hans-Gert PÖTTERING gives his condoleances to Rosa María PAYÁ.
||Rosa María PAYÁ explains to Mr. PÖTTERING that they are trying to find solidarity from the EP to achieve important objectives for the human rights in Cuba and to the clarification of the death of her father and her friend Harold CEPEDA.
||Arrival to the office of Joseph DAUL, Chair of the EPP group, greetings.
||Round table meeting.
||Arrival to the press conference on the appeal for International Inquiry into the Death of Oswaldo Payá, with Salvador SEDÓ i ALABART (EPP, ES), Rosa Maria PAYÁ, and Regis IGLESIAS; ambience shots during the press conference (8 shots).
||SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Rosa María PAYÁ: "We are in the European Parliament because this House has a long record for the fighting for human rights; also because my father was laureate by this Parliament as Sakharov Prize for the freedom of thought, so we think that this Parliament cannot be silent about his death. We have found a great deal of solidarity and support for our request, which is basically the support to initiate an international investigation enquiry on the death of my father, otherwise, an investigation from the European Parliament. We hope that we can get a public statement from the Parliament on this as soon as possible. I am hopeful after my visit as I have found a lot of solidarity and receptivity in all levels at the EP".
||SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Rosa María PAYÁ: "The problem in Cuba right now is not a matter of political parties. Dictatorships, as my father used to say, are not from left or right, they are just dictatorships. What we are requesting is the possibility for rights for all Cubans, that Cuban people can decide and drive the country to prosperity, and the recognition of all the truth thanks to a real international investigation. We also want the protection of all Cubans fighting for human rights, and all these matters are not related to any political party or to an ideology. They are matters of justice, equality and human rights, and in this, the European Parliament has experience".