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Jun 12, 2020 | Press Releases

Miami, FL — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) joined Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Susan Collins (R-ME) in releasing the following statements after the Senate unanimously approved their resolution calling for the immediate release of Cuban democracy activist José Daniel Ferrer. Mr. Ferrer was imprisoned on October 1, 2019 and arbitrarily convicted on April 3, 2020 to a sentence of four and a half years. The bipartisan resolution also commends and highlights Mr. Ferrer’s efforts to promote human rights and fundamental freedoms in Cuba.
“José Daniel Ferrer, honored as the Truman Reagan Medal of Freedom laureate, has left an everlasting mark in the fight for democracy and basic freedoms in Cuba,” Rubio said. “I was proud to join this bipartisan resolution honoring a truly remarkable man who has dedicated his life to defending human rights and the rule of law in his beloved homeland.”

“I am very pleased to see the Senate speak with one voice in calling for the immediate release of José Daniel Ferrer,” Menendez said. “The Cuban regime’s fixation with targeting Mr. Ferrer for dedicating his life to promoting democracy and human rights in the island is simply unacceptable. Those who fight for the values of democracy, freedom and equality deserve to have a reliable ally in the United States government. Through this resolution, we reiterate our demands for the Cuban regime to immediately cease its campaign of intimidation against José Daniel and UNPACU’s members.” 

“Cuba’s unjust harassment, detention, and arrests of political activists like José Daniel Ferrer must end. Bipartisan support for human rights and democracy around the world and here at home should never end,” Senator Cardin said, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. “Congress will continue to press Cuba to take meaningful steps toward genuine freedoms and political pluralism for the Cuban people, which are long overdue.”
“I am pleased our resolution calling for the immediate release of Jose Daniel Ferrer passed with strong bipartisan support,” Senator Cruz said. “This sends a clear and unified message to Miguel Díaz-Canel and Raul Castro that the United States has not forgotten about Jose’s unjust imprisonment, and that we extend our unwavering support in his fight against their repression and violence.”
“José Daniel Ferrer is a committed and outspoken advocate for democracy who has repeatedly risked his liberty and his life in order to promote freedom for his fellow Cubans,” Senator Collins said.  “His arbitrary imprisonment and mistreatment at the hands of Cuban authorities are egregious violations of human rights.  Our bipartisan resolution expresses the Senate’s solidarity with Mr. Ferrer’s courageous fight for democratic principles, condemns the unjust actions of Cuban authorities, and calls for his immediate and unconditional release.”
The full text of the resolution is here.


Rubio is Chairman of the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women’s Issues.


Miami, FL – El senador estadounidense Marco Rubio (R-FL) junto a los senadores Bob Menéndez (D-NJ), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Ben Cardin (D-MD) y Susan Collins (R-ME) emitieron las siguientes declaraciones después que el senado aprobó por unanimidad su resolución que pide la libertad inmediata del activista cubano José Daniel Ferrer. Ferrer fue encarcelado el 1 de octubre del 2019 y arbitrariamente condenado el 3 de abril del 2020 a una sentencia de cuatro años y medio. La resolución bipartidista también elogia y destaca los esfuerzos del Sr. Ferrer para promover los derechos humanos y las libertades fundamentales en Cuba.
“José Daniel Ferrer, galardonado hoy como el ganador de la Medalla de la Libertad Truman-Reagan, ha dejado una huella imborrable en la lucha por la democracia y las libertades básicas en Cuba”, Rubio dijo. “Me siento orgulloso de haber sido parte de esta resolución bipartidista en honor a un hombre que ha dedicado su vida a defender los derechos humanos y el estado de derecho en su amada patria”.
Rubio es el presidente del Subcomité de Relaciones Exteriores para el Hemisferio Occidental, Delincuencia Transnacional, Seguridad Civil, Democracia, Derechos Humanos y Asuntos Globales de la Mujer.
El texto completo de la resolución está aquí.