EU human rights laureate calls for change in Cuba
PARIS (AP) — Cuban dissident Guillermo Farinas appeared in person Wednesday before the European Parliament to receive his 2010 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought — after a three-year wait because of a Cuban government travel ban.
Speaking in Spanish in the parliament’s Strasbourg headquarters, the 51-year-old Farinas said that restoring human rights in Cuba “remains the most urgent social need.”
The long time dissident won the prize after his 134-day hunger strike helped draw attention to the plight of activists, opposition leaders and social critics in Cuban jails.
Tall and wearing a light grey suit and bright blue tie, Farinas shook his fist above his head and said, “Cuba will be free, not as a concession by her government, but by the will of her citizens.”