19 October 2007
IFLRY supports Cuban youths petition to UNESCO regarding their right to education
IFLRY supports he Cuban youth's right for an education regardless of their religious or political beliefs as insured by article 26 of UNs Universal Declaration of Human Rights signed by Cuba in 1948. This right is no longer guaranteed by the Cuban state, as evidenced by the expulsion of seven students who have now made a claim to UNESCO's Committee on Conventions and Recommendations (CR) which, monitors the Convention against Discrimination in Education.
The seven expelled students have signed a petition with the plea of being reinstated into their respective academic programs. IFLRY supports the expelled students claim to UNESCO. The UN needs to act in order to insure that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are followed.
Many of the expelled students are members of Coalición Juvenil Martiana, a political youth organization, who are members of the International Federation of Liberal Youth (IFLRY). The names of the expelled students signing the petition to the UN are Castor Álvarez Devesa, Harold Cepero Escalante, Yoan Columbié Rodríguez, Henry Constantín Ferreiro, Edgard Hernández Soler, Roger Rubio Lima and Yuri Pérez Vázquez.
Before sending the petition to the UNESCO it was sent to Dr Juan Vela Valdez, Cuban minister of education, who responded positively towards reinstating one of the students, Yuri Perez, to his studies. However, Yuri was still prevented from entering his university by functionaries.
Yuri Perez is hopeful about the outcome of the petition sent to UNESCO. There is a good precedent of reinstating students in other countries, said Yuri Perez the leader of the seven expelled students, who hopes to be invited to the Regional Director of UN in Havana.
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