US Joins Calls for Investigation into Death Oswaldo Paya

The car in which Oswaldo Paya and Harold Cepero died.

HAVANA TIMES — The US government joined the calls for an “independent” investigation of the death of Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya, which Havana blames on a traffic accident caused by a young Spanish politician who was driving the vehicle, reported dpa news.

“The United States supports the calls for an independent international investigation into the circumstances that led to the death of Oswaldo Paya and Harold Cepero in Cuba,” said State Department spokesperson, Victoria Nuland.

“The Cuban people and the families of these two activists deserve a clear and credible report on the circumstances that led to their tragic deaths,” she added. At the same time, she reiterated Washington’s continued support of the “right of all Cubans to speak in defense of human rights and democracy. “

The State Department statement came after several initiatives from US lawmakers in recent days to have an investigation called into the deaths of the two dissidents involved in the accident in July of last year.

The Paya family, had previously called into question the official version of a speeding accident.

On Monday, a bipartisan group of senators sent a letter to the Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), Emilio Alvarez Icaza, asking that body to investigate “without delay” the death of Paya and Cepero.

“We ask that the Commission to initiate an investigation into the disturbing death of Cuban political reformer Oswaldo Paya, who along with young activist Harold Cepero, died in a suspicious car accident on July 22, 2012 in Bayamo, Cuba,” asked the senators.

The letter was signed by Republican Senators Marco Rubio, Mark Kirk, John McCain and the Democrats Richard Durbin, Benjamin Cardin, Bill Nelson, Robert Menendez and Mark Warner, who said they had taken this decision in view of growing doubts about the official version of the incident.

In addition to the Paya family, who from the beginning doubted that Carromero was responsible for the death of the leader of the Varela Project, the defendant himself, who was extradited to Spain in December to serve the remainder of the sentence in his country, said in an interview published in The Washington Post earlier this month that the incident occurred when another car intentionally rammed his vehicle.

“Oswaldo Paya was a brave man who tried to peacefully advocate greater political freedom for his Cuban brothers and sisters and it increasingly seems that effort paid for this with his life,” the senators said in their letter.

In addition, last week, one of the senators who wrote to the commission, Bill Nelson (D), also called on United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to conduct an “independent investigation” into the death of Paya.

The late dissident’s daughter, Rosa Maria Paya, has asked in various international forums for an independent investigation of what happened.

48 thoughts on “US Joins Calls for Investigation into Death Oswaldo Paya

  • I don’t think the Spanish government trusts the Cuban dictators in any way. They just said they wanted to protect other Spanish citizens in Cuba.
    That, to me at least, suggest the absolute opposite of trust, Dan Christensen.

  • I have no “outrageous claims” or lies to support, Dan Christensen. That is your problem and you have shown you can’t provide any proof.

    Under current laws the Us is willing to engage with any legitimate – freely and fairly elected – government. That excludes the current dictatorship.
    The law clearly states so.

    Thank you for again confirming that Amnesty International – nor any other respectable international organization – has ever referred to the trade sanctions as “genocide”. the absence of any quotes exposes you as the lying propagandist you are.

    As far as Genocide Watch goes: it is made up of respected organizations whose record and judgement you can not impeach in any way.


    As far as why medicines aren’t making it to the Cuban people goes: this says it all:

    “The U.S. says it approved $142 million in commercial and donated medical exports to the communist island in 2008. So why did less than 1 percent of it get there?”

    “It’s not the embargo,” said John Kavulich, a senior policy adviser at the New York-based U.S.-Cuba Economic Trade Council, which provides nonpartisan commercial and economic information about Cuba. “These are economic and political decisions not to buy.” Cuba often waits for allies to donate what it needs, Kavulich said. “They’d rather get things for free than pay for them.”

    “It’s unclear why U.S. medical exports aren’t reaching Cuba”, Dallas Morning News, 5 December 2009.

  • The videos you refer to have been discredited by both Carromero and Modig once they were out of the blackmailing grasp of the Cuban regime.
    The videos themselves show the Cuban secret police handlers.
    The cover-up of the Cuban regime is falling apart, Dan.
    For most Cuba watchers it wasn’t credible from the start.

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