Christian Liberation Movement
The Christian Liberation Movement (Movimiento Cristiano Liberación or Movimiento Cristiano de Liberación in Spanish, henceforth shortened MCL) is a Cuban dissident movement advocating political change in Cuba. MCL was founded in 1988 by a group of secular Catholics belonging to the Parish of Cerro, in Havana. From the movement's founding and until his death, it was led by Oswaldo Payá. At present (2014), it is led by Ofelia Acevedo. Its bank account for financial support (through donations and funding) is based in San Juan, Puerto Rico - although the movement itself works in Cuba.
MCL has urged the governments, parliaments, citizens of the European Union to support "in a public and sustained manner the release of those jailed in Cuba for defending, promoting and exercising peacefully their human rights; the dialogue between Cubans as a path toward achieving the changes the Cuban people desire and national reconciliation; and our demands for changes in the laws so that the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of all Cubans are respected".
- Statement by the Christian Liberation Movement
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