Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Ros-Lehtinen Condemns Cuban Regime's Wave of Arrests Leading Up To Commemoration Of International Human Rights Day
For more information: December 12, 2011
Alex Cruz, 305-668-5994
Ros-Lehtinen Condemns Cuban Regime’s Wave of Arrests Leading Up To Commemoration
Of International Human Rights Day; Says That Aging Dictators In Havana Are As Ruthless
As Ever & That Responsible Nations Must Support The Cuban People’s Desire
For Liberty & Respect For Their Human Rights
Washington, DC – Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) issued the following statement after press reports and pro democracy entities inside Cuba estimated that over 200 dissidents have been summarily arrested by the Cuban dictatorship in the nine days that preceded the commemoration of the International Human Rights Day on Saturday, December 10.
“The Cuban tyranny is scared of the free will of the Cuban people and of their desire for liberty and respect of their human rights. It is unsurprising but still quite shocking that over 200 peaceful pro democracy activists have been summarily arrested by the Castro regime in the month of December leading up to the commemoration of the International Human Rights day this past Saturday December 10th.
These unwarranted arrests are all the more outrageous when we consider they are happening just 90 miles from the greatest defender of human rights the world has ever known, the United States of America.
The Obama Administration must come to the realization that diplomatic overtures and loosening of restrictions against the Castro brothers will not produce any of the results which freedom loving people want to see. These dictators, like others across the world, only respond to strong pressure, and they scoff at friendly entreaties that they simply use to buy time and continue oppressing.
The Cuban people are rising up against the aging dictators in Havana and responsible nations must support their desire for liberty and freedom.”