Democracy in Cuba:

Seeking Common Initiatives

April25Mittwoch

Datum/Uhrzeit

25. – 26. April 2007, 9.00 - 20.00 Uhr bzw. 9.00 - 15.00 Uhr

Ort

Akademie der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Berlin

mit

S. Programm

Typ

Fachkonferenz

Erarbeitung von Politikempfehlungen in der Kubafrage für die Hauptakteure der internationalen Politik.

Die Konferenz „Democracy in Cuba: Seeking Common Initiatives“ ist eine Kooperationsveranstaltung der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung mit dem ICDC (International Committee for Democracy in Cuba, www.icdcprague.org). Sie soll Vertreter von Regierungen, der Zivilgesellschaft der Europäischen Union, Lateinamerikas, der Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika sowie Vertreter der kubanischen Zivilgesellschaft im Exil zusammenbringen. Ziel ist es, die Möglichkeiten eines demokratischen Wandels in Kuba zu diskutieren und zu erörtern. Kooperationspartner dieser Konferenz sind People in Need, die Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, FAES Spanien, Swedish International Liberal Center.

Die internationale Konferenz möchte Politikempfehlungen in der Kubafrage für die Hauptakteure der internationalen Politik EU, Lateinamerika, USA vorschlagen. Vertreter aus Ländern mit Transformationserfahrungen, von Nicht-Regierungsorganisationen und der unabhängigen Zivilgesellschaft sowie Repräsentanten der kubanischen Zivilgesellschaft im Exil werden ihre Diskussionsbeiträge liefern und ihre Erfahrungen austauschen.

Programm:

Democracy in Cuba: Seeking Common Initiatives Conference of the International Committee for Democracy in Cuba

PROGRAMME Date: 25th – 26th April 2007 Venue: Akademie der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Tiergartenstr. 35, Berlin, Germany

Wednesday, April 25

Venue: Akademie der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Tiergartenstr. 35, Berlin Working languages: English, Spanish, German

9:00 – 9:30
Registration

9:30 – 11:00
Opening Session

Opening Speech
Mr. Václav Havel, former President, Czech Republic

  • Prof. Dr. Bernhard Vogel, President Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Germany

Opening Address:

  • Mr. Luis Alberto Lacalle, former President, Uruguay
  • Mr. Rexhep Meidani, former President, ICDC Member, Albania
  • ''Statement from Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State, ICDC member,presented by Mrs. Harriet Babbitt

11:00 – 11:30
Coffee Break

11.30 – 12.30
Mr. Günter Nooke
Commissioner for Human Rights, Federal Government , Germany

12:30 – 12:45
Video greetings from Cuba:

  • Mr. Oswaldo Payá Sardinas, Christian Liberation Movement
  • Mr. Vladimiro Roca Antúnez, Cuban Social Democratic Party
  • Mrs. Martha Beatriz Roque Cabello, Assembly to Promote Civil Society

12:45 – 13:15
Press conference

13:15 – 14:45
Lunch

15:00 – 17:00

First Session:

(two parallel workshops, participation based on registration)

Workshop 1:
Power of the Powerless - Cuban democrats and independent civil sector


Introduction: Mr. Edward McMillan-Scott, Vice-president of the European Parliament, United Kingdom

Moderator:
Mrs. Maria Luisa Bascur, International Helsinki Federation, Austria

Panelists:

  • Mr. Manuel Vazquez Portal, former political prisoner, Cuba/USA
  • Mrs. Annabelle Rodriguez, Asociación Encuentro de la Cultura Cubana, Cuba/Spain
  • Mrs. Sylvia Iriondo, M.A.R. Por Cuba, foreign representative of Mrs. Martha Beatriz Roque Cabello, Asamblea para Promover la Sociedad civil, Cuba / USA
  • Mr. Julio Hernandez, foreign representative of Christian Liberation Movement, Cuba/USA
  • Mr. Osvaldo Alfonso Valdes, former political prisoner, Cuba/Sweden
  • Mrs. Olivia Ocampo, International Group for Corporate Social Responsibility, Cuba/Curazao

Rapporteur: Mr. Gonzalo Caceres, Deutsche Welle, Germany

15:00 – 17:00

Workshop 2: Cuba after Castro - What path will Cuba take?

Moderator:
Mrs. Hildegard Stausberg, journalist from Die Welt, Germany

Speakers:

  • Mr. Carlos Alberto Montaner, Cuban Liberal Union, Writer, Cuba/Spain
  • Mrs. Claudia Zilla, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Germany
  • Mr. Gutenberg Martinez, former MP, Chile
  • Mrs. Maria C. Werlau, Director of Cuba Archive, USA
  • Mr. Detlef Nolte, Director of GIGA Institute, Hamburg, Germany
  • Mr. Orlando Gutiérrez, Directorio Democratico Cubano, Cuba/USA

Rapporteur:
Mr. Rafael Rubio, Associacion Espanola Cuba en Transicion, Spain

17:00 – 17:30
Reports from the Rapporteurs

17:30 - 19.30
Book Launch ("Voces de Cambio) and Reception

Thursday, April 26

9:00 – 09:30
Registration/Coffee

9:30 - 10:00 Keynote speach:
Mr. Karel Schwarzenberg,Minister of Foreign Affairs, Czech Republic


10:00 – 11:45

Second Session:

(two parallel workshops, participation based on registration)

Workshop 3: What should be European common position?

Moderator:
Mrs. Anna Lee Stangl, Christian Soidarity Worldwide, United Kingdom

Panelists:

  • Mr. Mart Laar, former Prime Minister, ICDC Member, Estonia
  • Mr. Peter Weiss, Member of Parliament, Germany
  • Mr. Jorge Moragas, Member of Parliament, Spain
  • Mr. José Ribeiro e Castro, Member of the European Parliament, Portugal (TBC)
  • Mr. Daniel Lipsic, Member of Parliament, Slovakia

Rapporteur:
Mr. Javier Martínez Corbalán'', Fundación Hispano Cubana, Spain

9:00 – 11:00

Workshop 4: Opinion and recommendations of those who support Cuban civil society

Moderator:
Mrs. Kristina Prunerova, People in Need, Czech Republic

Speakers:

  • Mr. Martin Lessenthin, International Society for Human Rights, Germany
  • Mr. Hans Blomeier, Head of Latin America Department, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Germany
  • Mr. José Miguel Vivanco, Human Rights Watch, USA
  • Mr. Fernando Gril, Member of the International Youth Committee for Democracy in Cuba, Argentina
  • Mr. Fernando Castello, President of Reporters without Borders International,Spain
  • Mr. Martin Hagenmaier, Adveniat, Germany

Rapporteur:
Mrs. Mae Liz Orego, Swedish International Liberal Center, Sweden

10:45 – 11:15
Coffee break

11:15 – 13:30

Final Plenary Session: The Common Interest – Is there possibility for common Approach (Europe, US and Latin America) towards Cuba

Reports from the workshops 3 and 4

Moderator: Mr. Igor Blaževič, People in Need, Czech Republic

Panelists:

  • Mr. Manuel Espino, President of the Christian Democrat Organization of America, Mexico
  • Mr. Caleb McCarry, Coordinator for Assistance to a Free Cuba, US State Department, USA
  • ''Mr. Andrzej Jaroszynski, Director of the Department of Americas, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Poland
  • Mr. Arnold Vaatz, Member of Parliament, Germany
  • Mr. Julio Borges, president of Primero Justicia party, Venezuela
  • Mr. Jaime Trobo, Member of Parliament, Uruguay
  • Mr. Frank Calzon, Director of Center for a Free Cuba, Cuba/USA

Rapporteur:
Mrs. Liduine Zumpolle, Cuba Futuro, The Netherlands

Final Remarks:
Mr. Markus Meckel, Member of Parliament, Germany
Mr. Arnold Vaatz, Member of Parliament, Germany

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