Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Subcommittee Hearing: Human Rights in Cuba: A Squandered Opportunity

Hearing live streamed here starting at 10:00am EST with Cuban opposition activists.

                         Antúnez                          Berta Soler            Sara Martha Fonseca              
Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations | 2172 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 | Feb 5, 2015 10:00am to 1:00pm

Chairman Smith on the hearing: “This hearing will examine the still-deplorable state of human rights in Cuba, especially the regime’s treatment of Afro-Cubans, who face discrimination on a day-to-day basis.  The Obama Administration, in its haste to achieve a breakthrough in Cuba, missed an opportunity to better conditions on the island and to hold the Castro regime to certain basic human rights standards in exchange for normalizing relations.  The Administration is wrong to attempt a sea change in policy toward Cuba without congressional input and in apparent disregard of well-established law, not to mention concern for the well-being of the Cuban people, who suffer under a communist dictatorship which has shown no signs of reform.”


Mr. Jorge Luis García Pérez
Secretary General
Cuban National Civic Resistance Front

Ms. Berta Soler Fernández
Ladies in White (Damas de Blanco)

Ms. Sara Martha Fonseca Quevedo
Ladies in White (Damas de Blanco)

Mr. Geoff Thale
Program Director
Washington Office on Latin America

Over the past two days, first in the Senate and today in the House of Representatives hearings on Cuba have been held to discuss changes in Cuba policy and ramifications of freeing Cuban spies.

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