On Thursday night, human rights activist Oscar Peña died in a Miami hospital after battling the Coronavirus.
The Cuban exile living in Miami for several years chaired the Cuban Committee for Human Rights, which would lead him to be considered by the United Nations as one of the most prominent Cuban human rights activists of all time.
On one occasion, he was invited to visit the headquarters of the Human Rights Commission in Geneva and participated in one of its assemblies. But since he lived on the island, he stood out for his oppositional ideas to the Castro regime, being one of the initiators of the Cuban Movement for Human Rights and Democracy.
For those who had studied Political Science, Philosophy and History at the University of Havana, it was easy 15 years later to pursue a degree in journalism at the University of Miami. After graduating in 1992 as a journalist, he works as a columnist for the South Florida newspaper ‘El Nuevo Herald’ and also on Radio and Television Martí.
“I dream of a Cuba in which we all fit,” Peña wrote once, making clear his desire for a change on the island. One of her last endeavors was to write a document addressed to the Cuban authorities that asked to promote democratic openings on the island, in the economic and political order.