She had planned to attend an International Conference on Politics Theory and Public Action at the University of Miguel de Cervantes from Jan. 8 to 15.
Payá Acevedo said that she had a Chilean visa and had complied with all the rules of the law to receive a final exit permit in Havana.
Yet the government denial was perhaps the expected blow due to her acute criticism and bold statements on the state of freedoms on the island. However, the repression and the threats against her and her family have not undermined her determination and dignity.
Recently Payá Acevedo denounced that the Cuban government was arresting peaceful dissidents and human rights activists who collected signatures to support two MCL initiatives seeking more openness in the country.
One of those initiatives is a bill on National Reunion also known as the Heredia Project, a proposal to allow Cubans to travel freely. The other, known as The Path of the People, asks for the release of political prisoners, the reinstatement of basic freedoms and to call for a Constitutional Assembly.
In the middle of February, Cuban authorities allowed Payá Acevedo to travel temporarily to Spain. From there, she went to Switzerland to attend a human rights congress. The tour continued through other countries in Europe and to the United States.
Friendly and determined to uncover the truth behind her father’s and Cepero’s deaths, Payá Acevedo not only has gradually become a fighter for the rights of all Cubans but her contribution has also been focused on opening more doors to exchange viewpoints.
“There are already enough Russias and Chinas in the world,” Payá said. “We don’t want that future for our island.”