HRES 193 IH, 109th Congress

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HRES 193 IH

109th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. RES. 193

Expressing support to the organizers and participants of the historic meeting of the Assembly to Promote the Civil Society in Cuba on May 20, 2005, in Havana.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 6, 2005

Mr. MARIO DIAZ-BALART of Florida (for himself, Mr. MENENDEZ, Ms. ROS-LEHTINEN, Mr. LINCOLN DIAZ-BALART of Florida, Mr. SMITH of New Jersey,
Mr. BURTON of Indiana, Mr. ENGEL, Mr. CHABOT, Mr. WILSON of South Carolina, Ms. HARRIS, Mr. WEXLER, Mr. MACK, Mr. MURPHY, Mr. DAVIS of Kentucky, Mrs. DRAKE, Mr. SESSIONS, Mr. BAKER, Mr. FOLEY, Mr. FEENEY, Mr. CRENSHAW, Mr. WELLER, Mr. BARRETT of South Carolina, Mr. MCHENRY, Mr. PEARCE, Mr. FLAKE, Mr. CANNON, Mr. SOUDER, Mr. MCCOTTER, Ms. NORTON, Ms. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ, Mr. PALLONE, Mr. KENNEDY of Minnesota, and Mr. WELDON of Florida) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on International Relations

RESOLUTION

Expressing support to the organizers and participants of the historic meeting of the Assembly to Promote the Civil Society in Cuba on May 20, 2005, in
Havana.

Whereas (f)idel (c)astro’s terrorist regime has continued to repress all attempts by the Cuban people to bring democratic change to Cuba and denies universally recognized liberties, including freedom of speech, association, movement, and the press;

Whereas thousands of political prisoners are currently imprisoned by (f)idel (c)astro’s totalitarian regime;

Whereas in March 2003 Fidel Castro carried out a massive, island wide crackdown on members of Cuba’s pro-democracy movement, under which pro-democracy activists were arrested, subjected to `summary trials’, and sentenced to up to28 years in prison for their pro-democracy activities;

Whereas the Department of State’s 2004 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, in referring to Castro’s Cuba, states: `Members of the security forces and prison officials continued to beat and abuse detainees and prisoners, including human rights activists. . . . Prison conditions remained harsh and life threatening, and the Government restricted medical care to some prisoners as a method of control. Prisoners died in jail due to lack of medical care.’;

Whereas on May 20, 1902, the Republic of Cuba obtained its independence;
Whereas in the spirit of Jose Marti, many of the future leaders of a free Cuba have called for a meeting of the Assembly of the Civil Society in Cuba, an
organization that consists of over 360 opposition and civil society organizations in Cuba;

Whereas on May 20, 2005, the Assembly to Promote the Civil Society in Cuba seeks to convene an historic meeting in Havana on the 103rd anniversary of Cuban Independence;

Whereas the Assembly to Promote the Civil Society in Cuba will focus on bringing democracy and liberty to the enslaved island of Cuba;

Whereas the Assembly to Promote the Civil Society in Cuba is led by three courageous pro-democracy opponents of the Castro regime–Martha Beatriz Roque Cabello, Felix Bonne Carcasses, and Rene Gomez Manzano;

Whereas organizers and participants are convening a meeting of the Assembly to Promote the Civil Society in Cuba at great risk to themselves and their families; and

Whereas President George W. Bush stated in his second inaugural address on
January 20, 2005: `All who live in tyranny and hopelessness can know: the United States will not ignore your oppression, or excuse your oppressors.
When you stand for your liberty, we will stand with you. Democratic reformers
facing repression, prison, or exile can know: America sees you for who you are–the future leaders of your free country.’: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives–

(1) extends its support and solidarity to the organizers and participants of the historic meeting of the Assembly to Promote the Civil Society in Cuba on May 20, 2005, in Havana;

(2) urges the international community to support the Assembly’s mission to bring democracy to Cuba;

(3) urges the Administration and international community to actively oppose any attempts by the Castro regime to repress or punish the organizers and participants of the Assembly; and

(4) shares the pro-democracy ideals of the Assembly to Promote the Civil Society in Cuba and believes that this Assembly and others will hasten the day of freedom and democracy for the people of Cuba.

(En Espa?ol aqui)

109VO. CONGRESO

PRIMERA SESI?N

RESOLUCI?N 193 DE LA CÁMARA DE REPRESENTANTES

(TRADUCCI?N)

Fue votada en la Camara de Representantes y aprobada por un voto de 382 a favor y 21 en contra el 10 de mayo de 2005.

Expresa apoyo a los organizadores y participantes de la hist?rica reuni?n de
la Asamblea para Promover la Sociedad Civil en Cuba el 20 de mayo de 2005 en La Habana

EN LA C?MARA DE REPRESENTANTES
6 de abril de 2005

SR. MARIO D?AZ-BALART de la Florida (por El, SR. MENENDEZ, SRA. ROS
LEHTINEN, SR. LINCOLN DÍAZ-BALART de la Florida, SR. SMITH de New Jersey, SR. BURTON de Indiana, SR. ENGEL, SR. CHABOT, SR. WILSON de Carolina del Sur, SR.HARRIS, SR. WEXLER, SR. MACK, SR. MURPHY, SR. DAVIS de Kentucky, SRA. DRAKE, SR. SESSIONS, SR. BAKER, SR. FOLEY, SR. FEENEY, SR. CRENSHAW, SR. WELLER, SR. BARRETT de Carolina del Sur, SR. MCHENRY, SR. PEARCE, SR. FLAKE, SR. CANNON, SR. SOUDER, SR. MCCOTTER, SRA. NORTON, SRA. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ, SR. PALLONE, SR.
KENNEDY de Minnesota, Y SR. WELDON de Florida) presentaron la siguiente
resolución, que fue referida al Comité de Relaciones Internacionales

RESOLUCI?N

Expresa apoyo a los organizadores y participantes de la hist?ica reuni? de
la Asamblea para Promover la Sociedad Civil en Cuba el 20 de mayo de 2005 en La Habana.

Por Cuanto, el r?gimen terrorista de Fidel Castro ha continuado reprimiendo
todo intento del pueblo cubano de lograr un cambio democrático para Cuba y niega las libertades universalmente reconocidas, incluyendo la libertad de expresi?n, de asociaci?n, de movimiento y de prensa.

Por Cuanto, miles de prisioneros pol??ticos se encuentran actualmente encarcelados por el r?gimen totalitario de Fidel Castro.

Por Cuanto en marzo de 2003 Fidel Castro desat? una masiva ola represiva a
trav?s de la isla en contra del movimiento a favor de la democracia en Cuba, bajo la cual activistas fueron arrestados, sometidos a juicios sumarios y condenados a hasta 28 anos de prisi?n por sus actividades pro-democr?ticas.

Por Cuanto el Reporte de Pa?ses del Departamento de Estado de 2004 sobre las Pr?cticas de Derechos Humanos, al referirse a la Cuba de Castro, declara
que: “Miembros de las fuerzas de seguridad y oficiales de la prisi?n continuaron golpeando y abusando a los detenidos y prisioneros, incluyendo a los activistas de derechos humanos. Las condiciones en la prisi?n
permanecieron extremadamente dif??ciles y constituyeron un peligro a la vida de los prisioneros, y el Gobierno restringi el cuidado m?dico a algunos prisioneros como un m?todo de control. Algunos prisioneros murieron en prisin debido a la falta de atenci?n m?dica.

Por Cuanto el 20 de mayo de 1902 la Rep?blica de Cuba obtuvo su independencia.

Por Cuanto, en el esp??ritu de Jos? Mart??, muchos de los l??deres futuros de
una Cuba libre han convocado a una reuni?n de la Asamblea para Promover la
Sociedad Civil en Cuba
, una coalici?n integrada por mas de 360 organizaciones opositoras y de la sociedad civil en Cuba.

Por Cuanto el 20 de mayo de 2005 la Asamblea para Promover la Sociedad Civil en Cuba ha convocado esta histrica reunión en La Habana en el 103vo aniversario de la independencia de Cuba.

Por Cuanto la Asamblea para Promover la Sociedad Civil en Cuba se enfocará
en lograr la democracia y la libertad para la esclavizada isla de Cuba.

Por Cuanto la Asamblea para Promover la Sociedad Civil en Cuba esta liderada
por tres valientes opositores democr?ticos al r?gimen de Castro:
Martha Beatriz Roque Cabello, F?lix Bonne Carcass?s, y Ren? G?mez Manzano.

Por Cuanto los organizadores y participantes han convocado a una reunión de
la Asamblea para Promover la Sociedad Civil en Cuba a gran riesgo para ellos
mismos y para sus familias, y

Por Cuanto el Presidente George W. Bush declar? durante el discurso de su segunda toma de posesi?n el 20 de enero de 2005: “Todos los que viven en
tiran?a y desesperanza deben saber que los Estados Unidos no ignorar a? su
opresi?n, ni excusar a sus opresores. Cuando ustedes se pongan de pie por su libertad, nosotros estaremos con ustedes. Los reformistas democr?ticos que encaran la represiwn, la prisi?n o el exilio deben saber que Am?rica los ve como lo queson “los futuros l?deres de su Patria libre. Entonces, por tanto, sea Resuelto, que la C?mara de Representantes”

(1) extiende su apoyo y solidaridad a los organizadores y participantes de esta hist?rica reuni?n de la Asamblea para Promover la Sociedad Civil en
Cuba el 20 de mayo de 2005 en La Habana;

(2) insta a la comunidad internacional a respaldar la misi?n de la Asamblea
de lograr la democracia para Cuba;

(3) urge a la Administraci?n y a la comunidad internacional a oponerse
activamente a cualquier intento del r?gimen de Castro de reprimir o castigar a los organizadores y participantes de la Asamblea, y

(4) comparte los ideales democr?ticos de la Asamblea para Promover la
Sociedad Civil en Cuba y cree que esta Asamblea y otras acelerar?n el d?a
de libertad y democracia para el pueblo de Cuba.

15 thoughts on “HRES 193 IH, 109th Congress”

  1. My parents will celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary on May 20, 2005. Their only wish for this special day is to be able to see a “free Cuba” again!

  2. Whereas all I see are the names of yesterdays Cuban leaders with yesterdays plans on how to make Cuba free while lining their pockets with funds.

    I’m all for a free from Castro Cuba,but against the on going bullshit against my people,embargoes against a country has never worked through out history,only way to get a tyrant out of power is by sitcking it to with with a global blockade,meaning NOBODY in the world does business with him,otherwise we will have to just wait until the fucker is dead while keeping a bogus “does nothing” embargo on Cuba and even his death doesn’t mean a change for Cuba,there is NO guranatee Cuba will change once the fucker is being eaten by maggots????

    And as far as traveling to Cuba goes,another bullshit move,nobody should have the right to tell me or others when I am allowed to see my family,nobody!

    For those who support these long standing “done nothing to Castro” restrictions,I respect your decisions,but I don’t agree with them.

  3. CUBAN CIVIL SOCIETY GROUP HAILED

    The U.S. Congress has just passed a resolution offering support and encouragement to Cuba’s brave civil society advocates, who, like the creators of the Declaration of Independence, are meeting in perilous conditions in Castro’s island hellhole to forg…

  4. Tony,

    …while lining their pockets with funds.

    If youre going to make a statement like that, please, back it up with some facts and data that can be substantiated.

    …only way to get a tyrant out of power is by sitcking it to with with a global blockade,meaning NOBODY in the world does business with…

    I agree absolutely and 100%. So does every single other supporter of the embargo, I suspect.

    And as far as traveling to Cuba goes,another bullshit move,nobody should have the right to tell me or others when I am allowed to see my family,nobody!

    The second person responsible for the separation of the Cuban family is the person that chooses to leave. The first is, of course, fidel castro for not allowing any Cuban to travel outside the island and causing such dire desperation among “his” people that they feel they MUST leave their families in order to survive and at the least, live like a decent human being. If you have a problem with being separated from your family, take it up with fidel.

    It’s interesting that you first mention people “lining their pockets” and then in the same breath mention the fact that travel to Cuba is restricted. Do you think those travel to Cuba agencies are providing this service out of the goodness of their hearts? Por amor al arte? It is they who are lining their pockets with YOUR desperation to see your family caused by fidel castro. And these agencies also maintain your family’s separator in power by forking over a hefty percentage of their “pocket lining money” over to the very same man that has caused the cuban family to be separated. For them, it’s a perfect symbiotic relationship, parasites to each other as one cannot survive without the other.

    While I agree, the embargo may not have lived up 100% to its expectations, imagine what kind of repressive machine would be in place right now, with Cuba still undoubtedly being under the rule of fidel castro, if his regime had had everything at arms reach and dollars galore had there been no embargo in place.

    There’s only one person responsible for the “ongoing bullshit” happening to our people. We both know who that is.

  5. Global embargos on Cuba are impossible. The whole world unfortunatly loves Castro. The only time an almost global embargo happened was in the case of South Africa because of the PC nature of the whole situation. But many people around the world still love Castro no matter how many documents you show them of how many thousands he has jailed and killed – people – a lot of people are evil and they don’t care about dissidents – they just want to believe the stories of Cuba having the lowest infant mortality, free medicine and healthcare and they want to go Cuba on vacation.

    We have few friends in the world. You can even see the small list of the names of the American law makers who support us. Not too many. What really should be happening is that ALL members of the American law making body should sign their names and be supporting the Cuba freedom measures – they all did it for South Africa – but, no – not for Cuba. Actually Fidel has many servants in the US government. Kerry, Clinton, Dodd, Serrano, Jackson Lee, Waters, Leahy, Wrangel…

  6. Val, reading this post gave me goosebumps, and represents for me why your blog is so important. Thanks so much for getting the word out.

  7. Item 3 is of SPECIAL importance!
    A challenge to the SUMO HIJO DE PUTA.
    Good to know the House of reps is paying “some” attention to our plight

  8. Tony: If lifting the embargo would actually help our people then I’m all for it, but nothing that we send will go to la gente. You will see it in the tourist stores or he will sell it in the open market overseas. Look what he’s doing with the oil he gets from chaves.

    There was a story on this blog not too long ago about a Canadian who was sending medicines to Cuba and insisted on being present as they were being handed out. Guess what happened? The authorities, of course, didn?t notify him, and he saw his entire shipment meant for the Cuban people at the tourist stores, and that’s what will happen if we lift it.

    The fact is that we are alone in this. The Elian issue taught me that this is the country of my birth but not my nation. To them I am just another spick trying to get my house back. Which of course is total bullshit.

    To top it all off, now everyone that wants to send things to Cuba will just send it to Venezuela. That’s how they will get around the embargo and so will continue the oppression of the Cuban people.

  9. Thank you Kathleen. WE need to educate the kids about this. I think this is an issue that CAUSA, the student group that organizez protest thoughout collage campuses, should be able to handle for us.

  10. I wish Jesse Jackson. Harry Belafonte and all the blacks Castro lovers that we have in this country could read this article .the believe what they want to believe
    It makes my blood boil every time I heard these fucking scumbags praising the devilish regime.
    But after all this is a free country unlike in Cuba we all have our different opinions.
    Jesse Jackson you call yourself a man of god but le me assure you if there is a hell am pretty sure you?ll be there

  11. Tony-Tony-Tony, Your anti-embargo feelings are misplaced. While the U.S. imposed embargo has not removed Castro from power it also has not helped him keep power despite some arguments to the contrary. Val is correct with his explanation that the person responsible for the separation of families is Fidel and the second person responsible is the person who left. As for the right to travel-we as Americans who enjoy the full spoils of freedom should of moral judgment choose not to travel to any Communists country where our money will help maintain a government which oppresses it’s citizens, and if we are unwilling to accept this, then let our government restrict that so called freedom for the better good. As for the traveling of family members, only in extreme emergencies and for extreme causes make sense. The need for casual family visitation would be better served if done so with a boat load of weapons to help the removal of the tyrant, thus making it possible to really help those left behind.

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