Jun. 3, 2001: El Nuevo Herald Digital, Foro de Discusión, Cuba. Jun. 3, 2001: Newsgroups soc.culture.canada, soc.culture.caribbean, soc.culture.china, soc.culture.cuba, soc.culture.hongkong, soc.culture.taiwan, soc.culture.ukrainian, soc.culture.usa
Denouncement to OAS of the case of the girl being held in Communist Cuba
SAN JOSÉ DE COSTA RICA, Jun. 3, 2001 (CubDest) - "The case of the 11 year
old girl, Sandra Becerra Jova, whom the regime of La Habana does not allow
to leave Cuba to reunite with her parents, residents of Brazil, literally
constitutes kidnapping of a minor", denounced the exiled Cuban jurist Dr.
Claudio Benedí Beruff, director of the "Junta Patriótica Cubana" (Patriotic
Cuban Assembly), in a public statement made to the participating chancellors
of the XXXI General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS),
which is being held in this capitol.
The little girl, Sandra, is the daughter of Cuban engineers, Vicente Becerra
and Zaida Jova, both of whom are 38 years old, and are completing their
postgraduate studies in the University of Campinas, 100 km. from the City of
São Paulo. The married couple decided to stay permanently in Brazil after
the birth of a new son, Daniel, who is now 3 years old, which automatically
gave the entire family residency status in Brazil. Sandra's parents decided
to go public with the case of their daughter being held after 4 years of
unsuccessful and humiliating dealings with the Castro regime. This case has
been given coverage on well known means of media in Brazil and was taken to
the Brazilian chancellor last April, a dispatch was sent to formally inform
the Cuban chancellor in the hopes of officially interceding so that Sandra
could be reunited with her parents and brother. The negative response from
La Habana is increasing the annoyance in Brazil. Last week, the Municipal
Assembly of Campinas asked the Brazilian chancellor to firmly renew his
reclamation to "shorten the suffering of the family and to achieve the
liberation of Sandra", in accordance with her parents' wishes. It has now
come to light that there are several other married Cuban couples in the
universities, studying in Brazil, that are going through a similar
situation, but until now they have kept silent out of fear of reprisals
against their children that remain in Cuba.
In a declaration made to the Brazilian press the engineer, Zaida Jova,
mother of Sandra, stated that the same regime from La Habana that organized
the massive mobilization of people to reclaim the return of the boy, Elián
González, to Cuba, in the name of "family reunification", is the one that
"cruelly maintains me separated from daughter for the past four years".
In San José de Costa Rica, Dr. Claudio Benedí has also requested that the
Interamerican Commission of Human Rights take a stand on this issue, to
denounce before the world this injustice, which is simply another example of
the "instituted violation of human rights" enforced by Cuban communism over
the defenseless population.
Contact: Dr. Claudio Benedí Beruff Tel.: 1-703-5780160 Washington (DC)