Rosa Maria Paya, one of Cuba’s leading human rights and democracy activists and the daughter of the late Oswaldo Paya, today spoke before a chamber of human rights victims, dissidents and activists as well as hundreds of members of the public, at our 8th Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy.

8th Annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy, Main Event, Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Below are some highlights from her address:

“Let me tell you that as a young Cuban woman, me and many like me are now struggling to live and love in a decent inclusive and prosperous 21st century society.”

“The last iron curtain must fall, and it must fall now.”

“Dictatorships do not have political colors, they are just dictatorships.”

“Cuba is now the country that many Cubans do not want to experience.”

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