Profesor Oscar R. de Rojas CDU-USA Nomina Oswaldo Paya a Nobel de la Paz 2012
New York, 19 January 2012
Committee for the Nobel Peace Prize
51NO-0255 Oslo, Norway
I am a former diplomat and United Nations official, presently Professor of International Studies at Long Island University in Brookville, New York. I am also Vice-Chairman and Secretary for International Relations of the new Christian Democratic Union of the United States.
I am writing to express the strongest support for the nomination of Mr. OSWALDO PAYÁ-SARDIÑAS of Cuba for the Nobel Peace Prize. In our view, there is no one that personalizes and encompasses more perfectly the virtues and ideals that should characterize the winners of this most prestigious prize.
As you know, Mr. Payá is a courageous political dissident in Cuba, leader of the “Movimiento Cristiano de Liberación (Christian Liberation Movement)”. Even to the danger of his life, he has advocated the use of peaceful, non-violent means to effect positive changes in Cuba, in the tradition of persons such as Ghandi and Martin Luther King; for these reasons he has gained the admiration and respect of people throughout the world. Ironically, for the same reasons, he has been object of attacks, persecution, and ostracism on the part of the government, including his being arrested and put in prison several times.
Among the many valuable and unique accomplishments of Mr. Payá, one can highlight the “Proyecto Varela” aimed to allow reconciliation and free travel of Cubans in and out of the country, and the “Proyecto Heredia”, which purports to change a series of laws and other norms to allow for the exercise of basic civil and political rights, such as the right of free expression, free press, and free association. Thanks to the courageous work of Mr. Payá, with the collaboration of other dissidents, these initiatives gathered thousands of signatures from Cuban citizens, but were still ignored and ridiculed by the authorities in the government and the National Assembly. On the contrary, threats of retaliation and so-called “acts of repudiation” were the answers given by those in power to these peaceful initiatives. More recently, an initiative called “El Camino del Pueblo” (The Path of the People) spells out the total vision contained in the above initiatives and, in general, the objective of a peaceful transition to a freer Cuba.
In the strong hope that you will consider Mr. Payá for this so well-deserved recognition, I take the opportunity to express to you the assurances of my highest consideration,
(Amb.) Oscar R. de Rojas