Through our different actions (petition, protests, openings, installations, performances, workshops, exhibitions, conferences etc.) in Belgium and abroad our NGO wishes to inspire everyone with an interest in the advancement of democracy and the liberation of Cuba to join us (citizens, Political groups & parties, cultural centers, museums, galleries, festivals, universities, schools, embassies, other NGOs, and ASBLs etc.)
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The mission of the EU-Cuba Network for Democracy is to unify and strengthen EU-Cuban civil society organizations engaged towards a common goal: EU Citizen Integration and advancing democracy in Cuba. To fulfill our mission we rely on four pillars of development: Trust, Partnerships, Diplomacy, EU Citizen Integration
Acting with strong ethics is a priority for everyone representing our organization.
When people work together, they can create something greater than themselves as individuals.
Accepting responsibility for your actions (and inactions) is the ultimate way to build trust internally and externally.
We are committed to bringing different experiences and a range of backgrounds into a shared environment where everyone has equal opportunity.
Our work can only be strengthen and develop to its full potential if we create a relationship of trust between our netwrok and the citizen at large. Therefore, we value strong working relations based on mutual trust, transparency and respect.
By creating strong EU partnerships and working on a common agenda, the Cuban diaspora can be stronger. Aside from our national realities, we believe in the European project and wish to be a part of it.
Our will to create realiable and trustworthy channels of communication between the Cuban diaspora and EU Institutions is a pillar of our development. We want our voices to count in EU-Cuba affaires.
Sucessful EU Citizen integration can only be done with institutional engagement and regular citizen consultations. We welcome any collaboration from International institutions and NGOs.
Through diplomatic action and political involvement the EU-Cuba Network for Democracy aim to establish a dialogue with regional and national governments, the European Union, and international institutions to defend basic Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Cuba.
The democratization process of Cuba needs an engaged international democratic community to accompany pro-democracy groups in the process.
Through our EU-Cuba Citizen Ambassador Program we are developing a diplomatic training platform aimed at developing the skills and organizational capacity of emerging Cuban Human Rights leaders in Europe.
The Cuban diaspora today is displaced in three main regions of the world : North America, Europe, and South America, our goal is to unite our efforts to contribute to the democratization of Cuba !
Our lecture series aims to educate the European public about the reality of the Cuban people. The distortion of our history and reality has been one of the biggest treason intentionally made by the communist regime to divide the Cuban nation.
The social and economic rupture between the state and the citizenry has created a chronic state of fear and mistrust in the regime. Cubans have a duty to reconcile their differences and work together in order to regain freedom for all again.
Through our different online and field campaigns we aim to raise awareness of the situation in Cuba and the will of Cuban people. We need to be more effective in combatting 64 years of disinformation by the cuban communist regime.
Our campaigns range widely from the liberation of political prisoners, police brutality, protesting arbitrary laws, Human Rights violations, and persecution of the press, etc.
We are constantly observing the situation on the island, as well as collaborating with different pro-democratic groups inside and outside of Cuba which contribute to the effectiveness and reliability of our work.
As advocates of victims of communism, the EU-Cuba Network for Democracy will continue to remind the European population of the dangers of communism, marxism and all totalitarian ideologies.
The communist regime in Cuba has used its monopoly on the press to disinform the Cuban people for more than 6 decades.
With the arrival of the internet in 2017, the monopoly of the state run media and its communist propaganda has brrn broken. However, cubans are still very far behind when it comes to digital literacy and our battle to organize ourselves digitally has only just begun.
With more than 15 years of experience in organizing relief efforts for the Cuban people, our collaborator Mrs. Lia Randich is in charge of coordinating all humanitarian aid support to the island. Especially noteworthy is the shipment of medicines and sanitary material, scarce on the island. Our distribution network does not encounter interference from the Communist Party of Cuba.
Although at times it becomes very difficult to have our humanitarian aid arrive from people to people, we do our best to help our people in the island.
Humanitarian aid to Cuba channeled through state approved mechanisms are also a source of corruption.
In November 2022 we have launched a new training program for Cuban democrtaic leaders to learn the art of diplomacy and peacemaking negotiations. Our citizen ambassadors are emerging democracy leaders and advocated of a peaceful, orderly and timely democratic transition in Cuba.
Get to know our EU-Cuba Democracy Ambassadors
Since July 2022 our director, Léo Juvier-Hendrickx has been granted access to the archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affaires of Belgium. We are researching to understand the implications and the ways that Europe has and continues to enable to Cuban Communist dictatorship.
The "Declaration of Brussels for the foundation of the New Republic of Cuba", results and conclusions of the work carried out at the first Summit of Free Cubans in Europe held on May 19-22, 2022 in the city of Brussels, Belgium, and Inspired by Martí's thoughts reflected in the first number of the newspaper Patria on March 14, 1892, we pronounce the following declaration: Brussels Declaration
Arte-Magna International and BelgoCuba : Cubains Libres de Belgique merge together to form the International Network of Free Cubans. During the month of April we will begin our campaign to integrate different organizations and members worldwide.
Léo Juvier-Hendrickx and Rachid Madrane, President of the Brussels Region Parliament sustained a meeting to discuss the castrist interference on cultural and political affairs. We denounced the persecution of Human Rights activist in Belgium by the Embassy of Cuba in Belgium.
On January 19th, the petition calling for actions in favor of the liberty and the respect for Human Rights in Cuba is announced on plenary session of the Parliament of Wallonia
The organizing team of the first Summit of Free Cubans in Europe, to be held in Brussels on May 19-22, invites all associations and platforms of free Cubans in the world to present projects and ideas in favor of freedom from Cuba.
The renowned Cuban political prisoner and exile Pedro Fuentes-Cid, together with Rafael Pizano and Vaclav Maly exchanged ideas and projects with Léo Juvier-Hendrickx and Maria Antonia Sabater about how to achieve a successful collaboration between the exile communities on both sides of the Atlantic in order to achieve our common goal of a Free Cuba.
Our director, Léo Juvier-Hendrickx was invited to meet the cabinet of the minister of foreign affairs, Mrs. Sophie Wilmès to speak about the dire situation of the Cuban people. Please read our letter to the minister below
We joined our brothers and sisters protesting in the German city of Frankfurt to demand an end to the repression and a system change ! The Cuban people have decided to finish once and for all with the dictatorial regime in power since 1959 !
Historic protest break out in Cuba demanding for FREEDOM. This spontaneous protest were countered by Cuban repressive forces. However, the flame of liberty was rekindled !
Our director Léo Juvier-Hendrickx, and Aurora Noa, Secretary of BelgoCuba were received at the Brussels Parliament to speak about the Human Rights situations in Cuba and efforts of democratization.
BelgoCuba, along with members of Movimiento Cristiano Liberacion, y Movimiento Republicano Libertario Martiano walked the streets of Paris to raise awareness on the situation of Yandier Garcia Labrada, political prisoner who is held incomunicado and without a due process.
Cuban Independence Day was celebrated for the first time in Brussels in 2021. Other communities joined the Cubans on their day, namely Venezuela, Iran, Nicaragua, Ouyghurs, Ecuadorians, Spaniards, Polish, Ukranians, and Tibetans.
We welcome world renowned cuban and dissident writer, Zoé Valdés which presented her latest book "Un Amour Grec", based on her experiences of the Cuban experience.
We joined the "Free Yandier Garcia Labrada" with other members of the Movimiento Cristiano Liberación. Yandier Garcia Labrada is a prisoner of conscience and we are demanding its liberation, as well as all the other political prisoners.
On March 24, our association sent a petition to the president of the Chamber of Representative of the Kingdom of Belgium, Ms. Elianne Tilleux. We demand the Belgium makes a public statement condemning the Cuban dictatorship !
On March 10, 2021 the association of Cubans in the World for Democracy and Freedom (CMDL) headquartered in Slovakia joined the Euro-Cuban Alliance for Democracy.
On February 13, 2021 BelgoCuba in Belgium and the Mesa de Unidad Cubana in Madrid sign the manifesto for the foundation of the Euro-Cuban Alliance for Democracy with the aim of uniting forces against the totalitarian regime in power since 1959 in Cuba.
On January 28, 2021, Free Cubans of Belgium pay tribute to our Apostle. Brief, simple act where we did historical justice by reading "forbidden and hidden" phrases for decades to our people. The Master was neither a Socialist nor a Communist, Martí cries tears of blood before the outraged country.
On International Human Rights Day, BelgoCuba meet at the Place de Luxembourg to demand a system change, dignity and respect for the basic human rights of the Cuban people !
We demand that the European Union must recognize Cuba as a dictatorship and to STOP the cooperation agreement, which only helps to perpetuate the regime in power.
We took our message for the liberation of Silverio Portal Contreras to the most emblematic sites of the city of Brussels. Portal Contreras is a Cuban dissident and prisoner of conscious. Silverio has been freed since late 2020.
Arte-Magna International launched #Justice4Ariel on June 27, 2020. The campaign gathered more than 17,000 signatures in favor of Ariel Ruiz Urquiola who gas given a chance to speak at the Human Rights Council thanks to denounce the Cuban dictatorship.
Arte-Magna International participates in the exhibition Lill3000. The exhibition reﬂects the transcendent moments of the Cuban revolution through propaganda posters. Research project as part of an artist exchange between Belgium and Cuba
International Women's Day - May 2017
Under the title "Signs of Cuba: feminine proposals", the exhibition went on a European tour in the European Parliament and visited various parts of Belgium and Paris in March.
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