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Florida senators warn US talks with regime

cubita is writing now ~Wednesday, 18 January 2023

Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott of Florida sent a letter to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, US Attorney General Merrick Garland and US Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, warning of the dangers of negotiating with the Havana regime and forgetting. The Cuban people want: Freedom.

Rubio and Scott urged their agencies to use dialogue with the criminal dictatorship to advance the political and economic freedom of the Cuban people rather than making concessions to the Cuban regime.

“Past experiences have shown us that dialogue with authoritarian regimes, especially those that do not respect the rule of law, negatively affects the Cuban people’s well-being and desire to live in freedom,” he said in a statement. said in the letter.

He stated, “Only a policy toward Cuba that enforces democracy and the rule of law will serve as the best foreign policy tool for our national security.”

Senators urge the Biden administration to prioritize free and fair elections to Cuban government institutions in negotiations with the regime; Freedom for all political prisoners and prisoners of conscience detained for ‘political crimes’ and the retention of Cuban property until property confiscated by the Cuban regime is returned to their rightful owners, both American and Cuban is not done.

He also requested the extradition of US citizens who have fled to Cuba for crimes committed on US soil, including the murder of police officers and those responsible for Medicare fraud; Stop using mass migration on our shores as a political weapon; and end sponsorship of foreign terrorist organizations operating in Colombia, Venezuela, and other parts of Latin America.

Officials from the US Department of State, Justice and Homeland Security are in Havana this week for talks with members of the Cuban regime, including officials from the dictatorship’s Ministry of the Interior (MININT), which is responsible for serious human rights violations. the Cuban people said in the press release.

In the letter the senators recalled political prisoners in Cuba. “Jose Daniel Ferrer Garcia, internationally recognized human rights defender, political prisoner and leader of the Cuban Patriotic Union (UNPACU), is now imprisoned for simply speaking out against the Cuban regime since the July 11, 2022 protests. Freelance According to reports from Cuban civil society organizations she was beaten and tortured in front of her family”.

He also mentored journalist Lazaro Yuri Valle Roca; Jorge Serrano Alfonso, who has been beaten and remains in poor health; Lorenzo Rosales Fajardo, a priest sentenced to seven years in prison, as well as Loreto Hernandez García and Donada Pérez Pesero, both Yoruba priests, were sentenced to six years in prison; And Angel Jesús Veliz was sentenced to seven years, and Dixon Ganza Morey, a member of UNPACU, to six years.

“Unfortunately, there are too many cases of political prisoners to list them all. If I did not mention these cases directly, it would be a tacit endorsement of the regime’s brutal treatment and human rights violations of ordinary Cubans. As such, upcoming negotiations with the Cuban regime should focus on advancing the political and economic freedoms that the Cuban people so desperately need,” the letter concluded.

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