Oswaldo Payá

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1952 – 2012

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Who was Oswaldo Payá?

Oswaldo Payá Sardiñas was a Cuban political activist. A Roman Catholic, he founded the Christian Liberation Movement in 1987 to oppose the one-party rule of the Cuban Communist Party. He attracted international attention for organizing a petition drive known as the Varela Project, in which 25,000 signatories petitioned the Cuban government to guarantee freedom of speech and freedom of assembly as well as to institute a multi-party democracy. In recognition of his work, he received the European Parliament's Sakharov Prize and People in Need's Homo Homini Award.

On 22 July 2012, he died in a car crash under controversial circumstances. The Cuban government stated that the driver had lost control of the vehicle and collided with a tree, while Payá's children and one of the car's passengers asserted that the car had been deliberately run off of the road.

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Born
Feb 29, 1952
Havana
Also known as
  • Oswaldo Paya
  • Oswaldo Paya Sardinas
  • Oswaldo Jose Payá Sardiñas
  • Osvaldo Payá
Spouses
Children
Religion
  • Catholicism
Nationality
  • Cuba
Profession
Died
Jul 22, 2012
Bayamo

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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