MIAMI, United States.- This Sunday, September 25, the new Family Code will be held in a popular referendum in Cuba, a new legal framework with which Castroism intends to readjust the rights of Cubans and that has divided the opinions of society. civilian both inside and outside the island.
Abroad, only diplomats from the Havana regime and members of state missions will be able to participate in the vote, which began last Sunday the 18th. The rest of the Cubans in the diaspora will not have the opportunity to say whether or not they approve of one of the most important documents in Cuba in recent years.
Despite the fact that the new Family Code grants rights that until now have been denied to a part of the population, the opposition refuses to participate in an opportunist farce of “democratic exercise” in which they “offer” also ” take away”.
“The rights of the people are embodied in laws, they are not submitted to a referendum so that their approval depends on the vote of a majority, or as in the case of the referendum that concerns us, of 50% of the voters. And the other 50% doesn’t count?”, reflected at the end of July the writer and CubaNet journalist Louis Cino.
The Catholic Bishops of Cuba also expressed their discrepancies with the Family Code last week. In a statement, they mentioned as positive elements those related to the rejection of violence within the family and the protection of the rights of grandparents, among others, however, they were adamantly opposed to those related to “gender ideology.” , aspects that have been considered positive by actors of Cuban civil society, who point out that this would achieve the recognition of rights to historically displaced groups.
Alain Espinosa, a lawyer for the independent organization Cubalex, told CubaNet that “the Family Code, in a general sense, is much more advanced than its predecessor, but it is still far from its counterparts in countries with a greater degree of democracy.”
As he explained, the text “incorporates a group of topics that were previously not regulated, such as domestic violence or same-sex marriage. In addition, it makes an attempt to temper other pre-existing ones to the most current currents, such as the case of the modification of parental authority by parental responsibility, but it does not fully guarantee the rights in question.
Although there are still a few hours to go before voting begins this Sunday, the Cuban regime, in a move that has created even more controversy, announced a few weeks ago that the Family Code is not yet in force.
Law 156/2022 “Family Code” was published on August 17 in the Official Gazette No. 87 Ordinary, approved by the National Assembly of People’s Power.
At the end of the document published by the Official Gazette there is a note: “This Code is published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Cuba for general knowledge” and “enters into force once ratified in the Popular Referendum.”
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