January 7th, 2013
Arbitrary Arrests In Cuba Jumped To More Than 6,600 In 2012 & As Repression Grows, Ros-Lehtinen Says That Appeasement Policy Of Obama Administration Has Been A Dismal Failure; Congresswoman Calls For Tougher Measures Against Castro Family Dictatorship
Miami, Florida — Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), former Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee and now serving as Chairman of the Middle East and South Asia Subcommittee, issued the following statement on the marked increase in arbitrary arrests under the rule of dictator Raul Castro.
“When the tyrant Raul Castro took over from his decrepit brother, Fidel Castro, Castro apologists said that a new beginning would be ushered in under the ‘reform minded’ Raul. As predicted, recent reports prove otherwise and depict a regime more brutal than ever.
Under Raul, political arrests in 2012 climbed to 6,602 from 4,123 in 2011 and 2,074 in 2010. The new tactic of the brutal and despised state security thugs is to detain the dissidents for hours or days and then release them with the clear goal of intimidation, imposing fear, and dissuading them from advocating for human rights and civil liberties.
And what has been the response of the Obama Administration? Silence and appeasement to the Havana dictatorship with the hope of unclenching the fists of the octogenarian despots who have misruled the Cuban nation.
It is beyond time that this Administration realized that the Castro family does not want to release its brutal hold over the Cuban nation. Their sole purpose is to strengthen their regime, continue in power, and oppress the Cuban people. I call on the Obama administration to condemn the massive increase of human rights violations in Cuba and stand up to the Castro dictatorship once and for all.”