Christian Liberation Movement

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Christian Liberation Movement
Movimiento Cristiano Liberación
LeaderEduardo Cardet
FounderOswaldo Payá
HeadquartersVelasco, Holguín, Cuba
Think tankVarela Project
IdeologyChristian democracy
International affiliationCentrist Democrat International
Regional affiliationChristian Democrat Organization of America
Colors  Blue

The Christian Liberation Movement (Spanish: Movimiento Cristiano Liberación or simply MCL) is a Cuban dissident party advocating political change in Cuba. MCL was founded in 1987 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 (2018), it is led by Eduardo Cardet.

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".[1][better source needed]

The Christian Liberation Movement is a member of the Centrist Democrat International, the international organization promoting Christian democracy.

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  1. ^ "The Christian Liberation Movement: The members of the Coordinating Council of the Christian Liberation Movement, Oswaldo Payá Sardiñas and Minervo Chil Siret, met with representatives of the European Union Presidency in the French Embassy".

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