Expectation in Cuba for popular referendum of the new Family Code

teleSUR.- On September 25, a new Family Code will be submitted to a popular referendum. According to experts, it is one of the most advanced documents of its kind in Latin America and the first Family Code in the world to be submitted to a popular referendum.


Family Code in Cuba will protect the rights of like-minded parents

Havana, Sep 19 (Prensa Latina) Juan Carlos González is very clear about why he intends to vote in favor of the new Cuban Family Code in the popular referendum on September 25: he wants to be the father of his son.

“Since Maikol was three years old I have been by his side, together with his mother we experienced four surgeries and many other moments, however, although the affection is mutual, since I am not the biological father I cannot represent him,” he told Prensa Latina .

After 17 years of living together, Maikol, who at birth suffered from cerebral palsy and as a consequence has difficulty walking and a slight delay in learning, has in González a father who deals not only with material matters, but also with the affection necessary to growing up.

“When I married his mother, he did not walk, remember, we went through several foot operations, rehabilitation, studies at the Solidarity with Panama school and we have a special affection,” says this man who works as a driver for a state entity .

To this he adds that the biological father left the country and communication is very little.

González says he feels hurt when for some reason he has to represent the son, because although he says he is his father, and he is in fact, when he shows his identity card it is clear that he is not recognized as such before the law.

“It is up to the Law to make these family actors visible, who until now do not have true legal recognition,” said Dr. Leonardo Pérez, president of the Cuban Society of Civil and Family Law, of the National Union of Jurists of Cuba.

In this sense, the new Family Code establishes the figure of the related fathers and mothers, who are the spouses or the affective common-law partner who lives with the person who is in charge of the custody and care of the girl, the boy or adolescent, as a consequence of the formation of reconstituted families.

In an interview with the Granma newspaper, Pérez explained that the possibility of having the guardianship and care of related children is one of the novel elements required by the legislation.

In addition, the regulations take into account the possibility of establishing a family communication regime with them, after the breakup of life as a couple with the guardian father or mother, or even define, on a subsidiary basis, an alimony in their favor.

For that right, for him and others in his case, Juan Carlos González will vote, who values ​​positively that the affections are recognized in the law.

Campaigns against the new Family Code are repudiated in Cuba

Havana, Sep 19 (Prensa Latina) The president of the Cuban cultural institution Casa de Las Américas, Abel Prieto, today repudiated the campaigns against the new Family Code, approved by the island’s parliament.

In his Twitter profile, Prieto affirmed that the attempts to distort this legal norm, which will be submitted to popular endorsement on September 25, have among its antecedents Operation Peter Pan, begun in 1960, to separate thousands of families from their families. of Cuban children and transfer them to the United States.

He recalled that this defamatory campaign began with a radio message: “Cuban mother, the government’s next law will be to take away your children to turn them into monsters of materialism.”

More than 14,000 children were taken from Cuba to the United States from December 1960 to October 1962, as part of the coordinated maneuver between the Government of the United States and the Catholic Church, under the fallacious argument that the nascent Cuban Revolution would remove parental authority to the parents.

Operation Peter Pan is considered one of the most cruel and darkest actions of ideological political subversion developed in the context of the Cold War against the transformation process that began on the island in January 1959.

Expectation in Cuba for popular referendum of the new Family Code