Alexandria, Virginia – For several weeks, the Communist government of Cuba and the party apparatus have ruthlessly targeted Cuban opposition leader José Daniel Ferrer, leader of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (“UNPACU”). Unlawfully detained on October 1, 2019, Mr. Ferrer has since been subjected to all forms of torture.
With the support of Mr. Ferrer’s family and a coalition that represents a large cross-section of Cuba’s opposition movement, the Global Liberty Alliance (“GLA”) requested that the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights of the Organization of American States press the Cuban government to adopt precautionary measures to protect the lives of Mr. Ferrer and his other UNPACU colleagues who have been unlawfully detained in Cuba for weeks.
Attached is the complete press release with supporting documentation.
The Global Liberty Alliance (GLA) seeks a fully bilingual (English and Spanish) Program Assistant to support programmatic work, planning, designing and implementing programs related to rule of law, democracy, and human rights in Latin American repressive countries. This position is based in GLA’s Alexandria office. Responsibilities:
Under supervision, creates or makes contributions to drafts of proposals, concept papers, reports, memos, program updates, and work plans
Plays a role in organizing program training, conferences, workshops and meetings
Proofreads and inputs edits on quarterly reports and proposals. Translates documents.
Assists in monitoring program spending; perform basic analysis and financial projections
Provides administrative and logistical support to staff; oversees logistics needs
Provides administrative support and programmatic input into the proposal process and contributes to strategic discussions; contributes to work plan formulation and discussions
With guidance, identifies means and methods to support program strategy and vision; handles limited aspects of program management
Assists Program Manager in coordinating with staff, volunteers, consultants, and partners
Prepares and compiles briefing materials for staff, consultants and volunteers in programs
Fluency in oral and written Spanish and English required
Bachelor’s degree in International Relations, Political Science or a related field. Additional years of relevant work experience may be substituted for the educational requirement
A minimum of six months of relevant experience in a professional office setting; experience in the area of rule of law, democracy, and human rights preferred
International working experience or interest in the regional political environment, preferably in the region repressive countries (Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela)
Working knowledge word processing and spreadsheet applications
Basic knowledge of monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL)
Must be legally eligible to work in the U.S. GLA does not provide sponsorship.
General Working Conditions:
General working office environment. Some long hours including evenings and weekends to complete tasks or attend events. May involve work in regions that are remote and lack basic modern infrastructure. Email applications to email@example.com (ATT. HUMAN RESOURCES)
Open Letter from Nizar Zakka, Former Iran Hostage, On the Fourth Anniversary of his Abduction
On this day four years ago, kidnappers decided to make September 18, 2015, a turning point in my life. The only motivation was to make me a pawn in their campaign against the emerging spirit of openness in their country, a process which was heading toward the nuclear deal.
On this day, four years ago, I was forced to begin a journey of the harshest bitterness, pain and sorrow. My only fault was that, on that day, I was in the wrong place at the wrong time, on my way back from Tehran to Beirut, concluding an official working visit at the invitation of the Iranian Presidency.
Philanthropists, evangelists and lawyers concerned about individual liberty in Cuba recently urged U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to issue new sanctions against regime officials whose job it is to suppress religious freedom on the Communist island.
(Alexandria, Virginia) Yesterday Global Liberty Alliance Chief Counsel Jason Poblete met with officials with one of the leading human rights lawyer groups in Nicaragua, the Permanent Commission of Human Rights, better known by its Spanish acronym, the CPDH.
In response to a request from Cuban civil society and religious leaders a few weeks ago, the Global Liberty Alliance sent a letter of information to ICT industry leaders and U.S. policymakers to raise awareness about alleged weaponization of ICT tools in Cuba. The matter was brought to the Global Liberty Alliance’s attention by a human rights defender and former political prisoner, Mr. Jorge Luis García Pérez (known as “Antúnez”).
Zakka Family Appreciates Continued Support Of The U.S. Government
Yesterday, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo delivered remarks at the Department of State to families of American citizens and U.S Legal Permanent residents held captive abroad. Mr. Omar Zakka, the youngest son of Mr. Nizar Zakka, who last month testified before Congress a second time about his father’s case, was at the State Department for meetings with senior U.S. officials including Secretary of State of Mike Pompeo.
Earlier today, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Middle East, North Africa, and International Terrorism held a hearing titled, “The Status of American Hostages in Iran.” Mr. Omar Zakka, the youngest son of Mr. Nizar Zakka, testified before the Committee on Nizar’s ongoing unlawful detention.