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Feb 9, 2021 | Press Releases

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) introduced a Senate resolution (S. Res. 37) expressing the Senate’s solidarity with Cuba’s San Isidro Movement, a collective of independent artists and activists who have recently been targeted by the Cuban regime for protesting their right to freedom of expression. The bipartisan resolution calls for the immediate release of arbitrarily detained artists and activists from the San Isidro movement and urges governments and legislatures across Europe and Latin America to renew their support for democratic activists in Cuba.

“The Cuban regime continues to target artists, dissidents, activists, academics, and journalists and the members of the San Isidro Movement are not exempt from the Diaz-Canel’s and Castro’s repression,” Rubio said. “I’m proud to join Senator Menendez and my Senate colleagues in introducing this resolution condemning the latest wave of brutality by the Cuban dictatorship against the Cuban people.”
 
“With this resolution, we stand in total solidarity with the courageous artists and activists in Cuba’s San Isidro Movement and join their call for greater respect for freedom of expression and social rights in the island,” Chairman Menendez said. “Footage of the regime’s own culture minister physically attacking members of the San Isidro Movement makes one thing clear to the world: The Cuban people are still violently repressed and imprisoned. I urge my counterparts in Europe, Canada, and Latin America to join us in shining a light on this reprehensible situation and standing up for democratic values in Cuba.”
 
“While I have supported a change in our failed 50 year policy of isolating Cuba as a way of opening the island to new ideas and values, that does not mean giving the ruling dictatorship a pass on its abysmal democracy and human rights record,” Durbin said. “The repression of the country’s artistic community, continued jailing of Jose Daniel Ferrer, and failure to hold anyone accountable for the death of Oswaldo Paya all demand continued international attention.”
 
“The U.S. continues to stand in solidarity with the Cuban people who peacefully advocate for more freedoms and rights from their government,” Cardin said. “I am proud to support this resolution that highlights the efforts of the San Isidro Movement activists. I urge the Government of Cuba to release those unjustly detained and to engage in constructive dialogue with its critics.”

RUBIO SE UNE A MENÉNDEZ Y COLEGAS PRESENTANDO UNA RESOLUCIÓN EN APOYO AL MOVIMIENTO SAN ISIDRO EN CUBA 

Washington, D.C. — Los senadores estadounidenses Marco Rubio (R-FL), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado, Dick Durbin (D-IL) y Ben Cardin (D-MD) presentaron una resolución (S. Res. 37) expresando la solidaridad del Senado de EE.UU. con el Movimiento San Isidro de Cuba, un grupo de artistas y activistas independientes que recientemente han sido blanco del régimen cubano por protestar en defensa de su derecho a la libertad de expresión. La resolución bipartidista pide la liberación inmediata de los artistas y activistas del movimiento San Isidro detenidos arbitrariamente, instando a los gobiernos y legislaturas de Europa y de Latinoamérica a renovar su apoyo a los activistas pro-democracia en Cuba.

“El régimen cubano sigue atacando a artistas, disidentes, activistas, académicos, periodistas, al igual que los integrantes del Movimiento San Isidro quienes no están exentos de la represión de Díaz-Canel y de Castro”, Rubio dijo. “Me enorgullece unirme al senador Menéndez y a mis colegas en presentar esta resolución que condena la última ola de represión por parte de la dictadura cubana contra el pueblo cubano”. 

“Con esta resolución, nos solidarizamos con los valientes artistas y activistas del Movimiento San Isidro de Cuba y nos sumamos a su llamado a un mayor respeto por la libertad de expresión y los derechos sociales en la isla,” Menéndez dijo. “Las imagines del propio Ministro de Cultura agrediendo físicamente a miembros del Movimiento San Isidro deja clara una cosa para el mundo entero: el pueblo Cubano sigue siendo reprimido y encarcelado violentamente. Les pido a mis contrapartes en Europa, Canadá y Latinoamérica que nos acompañen en llamar atención a esta reprensible situación y defender los valores democráticos en Cuba”.