WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Rick Scott, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz introduced a resolution honoring the efforts of Cuban democracy and human rights activist José Daniel Ferrer and the vital contribution and humanitarian efforts of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU). The resolution condemns Cuba's brutal authoritarian Communist regime and calls for the international community to stand with the Cuban people in their fight for freedom.

 

Senator Rick Scott said, “For decades, the Cuban people have suffered atrocities, oppression and misery at the hands of the communist Castro regime. I’m disgusted to hear about the constant harassment, torture and inhumane conditions the Cuban regime is inflicting on the courageous leader, José Daniel Ferrer, and the brave members of UNPACU. The world cannot ignore the people of Cuba in their struggle for freedom. I’m proud to lead my colleagues today in standing with José Daniel Ferrer and the courageous activists who bravely fight to defend human rights, freedom and the democratic movement in Cuba. Cuba's brutal authoritarian communist regime must stop persecuting dissidents, artists and journalists who stand up against their oppression. José Daniel Ferrer and his movement is the future of Cuba, not the ruthless communist regime.”

 

Senator Marco Rubio said, “As we introduce this resolution, the Cuban dictatorship’s political police has once again incarcerated UNPACU’s leader José Daniel Ferrer. For decades, the Castro brothers, as well as their puppet leader, have resorted to violence, censorship, repression, and arbitrary arrests to censure and silence the voices of any Cuban who opposes their tyranny. Ferrer’s courage, as well as the valor of UNPACU’s members both on the island and abroad, are true examples of patriotism.”

 

Senator Ted Cruz said, “Through the courageous fight of José Daniel Ferrer and other democracy activists, we will someday see freedom restored to Cuba. I am proud to join Sen. Scott in sending a clear and unified message to Cuba that the United States has not forgotten about Ferrer’s unjust imprisonment and that the United States stands with him and all those fighting against the regime’s tyranny.”

 

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