Senadores Menéndez,Rubio y Bill Nelson Condenan Regimen Castrista; Honran Disidente Cubano y Activista Pro Democracia Wilman Villar Mendoza

Senadores Menéndez,Rubio y Bill Nelson Condenan Regimen Castrista; Honran Disidente Cubano y Activista Pro Democracia Wilman Villar Mendoza

WASHINGTON - Los senadores estadounidense Robert Menéndez (D-NJ), Marco Rubio (R-Fl), y Bill Nelson (D-FL), presentaron hoy una resolución en el Senado condenando al régimen Castrista cubano y honrando la vida del disidente cubano Wilman Mendoza Villar, quien falleció bajo custodia en Cuba el pasado 19 de enero de 2012 tras una huelga de hambre de 56 días en la prisión Aguadores cerca de Santiago de Cuba.

"La responsabilidad por la muerte de Wilman Mendoza Villar recae directamente sobre los hermanos Castro, cuyo régimen detuvo a más de 4,000 activistas sólo el año pasado y continúa oprimiendo los derechos humanos de todos los cubanos," dijo Menéndez. "En el momento de su arresto, Villar Mendoza tan solo estaba ejerciendo de su libertad de expresión, luego fue condenado en un juicio simulado que duró una hora, y sentenciado a 4 años en una de las prisiones más inhumanas de Cuba. Ahora, las fuerzas de seguridad cubanas están acosando a su esposa, un miembro de las Damas de Blanco, y se le amenaza con quitarle a sus hijos. ", añadió Menéndez."El increíble sacrificio de Mendoza en nombre de todos los cubanos nunca será olvidado. Exhorto a la comunidad internacional a que hable sobre la muerte del señor Mendoza y el abuso de los derechos humanos en Cuba."

El senador Rubio dijo: "Me uno al pueblo cubano en duelo por la muerte de Wilman Mendoza Villar, y ofrezco mis condolencias y oraciones a su esposa e hijos. El régimen cubano es una banda de asesinos crueles que una vez más tiene sangre en sus manos por encarcelar injustamente a este hombre y permitirle morir en una huelga de hambre. "Una vez más, recordamos las consecuencias no deseadas, pero negativas, del que esta administración haya aflojado las políticas de viajes y envio de remesas. Estas ayudan a entregar más recursos financieros al régimen de Castro, haciendo más fácil al regimen maltratar e incluso asesinar al pueblo cubano ", dijo Rubio.

"No debemos olvidar nunca la lucha del Sr. Mendoza contra la tiranía," dijo el senador Nelson. "Y vamos a seguir aplicando presión constante e implacable hasta que el pueblo cubano disfrute de la libertad que merece.

Texto complete de la resolución:

Title: Honoring the life of dissident and democracy activist Wilman Villar Mendoza and condemning the Castro regime for the death of Wilman Villar Mendoza.

Whereas, on Thursday, January 19, 2012, 31-year-old Cuban dissident Wilman Villar Mendoza died, following a 56-day hunger strike to highlight his arbitrary arrest and the repression of basic human and civil rights in Cuba by the Castro regime;

Whereas, on November 2, 2011, Wilman Villar Mendoza was detained by security forces of the Government of Cuba for participating in a peaceful demonstration in Cuba calling for greater political freedom and respect for human rights;

Whereas Wilman Villar Mendoza was sentenced to 4 years in prison after a hearing that lasted less than 1 hour and during which Wilman Villar Mendoza was neither represented by counsel nor given the opportunity to speak in his defense;

Whereas, on November 25, 2011, Wilman Villar Mendoza was placed in solitary confinement after initiating a hunger strike to protest his unjust trial and imprisonment;

Whereas Wilman Villar Mendoza was a member of the Unio1n Patrio1tica de Cuba, a dissident group the Cuban regime considers illegitimate because members express views critical of the regime;

Whereas security forces of the Government of Cuba have harassed Maritza Pelegrino Cabrales, the wife of Villar Mendoza and a member of the Ladies in White (Damas de Blanco), and have threatened to take away her children if she continues to work with the Ladies in White;

Whereas Human Rights Watch, which documented the case of Wilman Villar Mendoza, stated, "Arbitrary arrests, sham trials, inhumane imprisonment, and harassment of dissidents' families-these are the tactics used to silence critics.";

Whereas Amnesty International stated, "The responsibility for Wilman Villar Mendoza's death in custody lies squarely with the Cuban authorities, who summarily judged and jailed him for exercising his right to freedom of expression.";

Whereas Orlando Zapata Tamayo, another prisoner of conscience jailed after the "Black Spring" crackdown on opposition groups in March 2003, died in prison on February 23, 2010, after a 90-day hunger strike;

Whereas, according to the Cuban Commission on Human Rights, the unrelenting tyranny of the Castro regime has led to more than 4,000 political detentions and arrests in 2011; and

Whereas Cuba is a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council despite numerous documented violations of human rights every year in Cuba: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Senate-

(1) condemns the Cuban regime for the death of Wilman Villar Mendoza on January 19, 2011, following a hunger strike to protest his incarceration for participating in a peaceful protest and to highlight the plight of the Cuban people;

(2) condemns the repression of basic human and civil rights by the Castro regime in Cuba that resulted in more than 4,000 detentions and arrests of activists in 2011;

(3) honors the life of Wilman Villar Mendoza and his sacrifice on behalf of the cause of freedom in Cuba;

(4) extends condolences to Maritza Pelegrino Cabrales, the wife of Wilman Villar Mendoza, and their children;

(5) urges the United Nations Human Rights Council to suspend Cuba from its position on the Council;

(6) urges the General Assembly of the United Nations to vote to suspend the rights of membership of Cuba to the Human Rights Council;

(7) urges the international community to condemn the harassment and repression of peaceful activists by the Cuban regime; and

(8) calls on the governments of all democratic countries to insist on the release of all political prisoners and the cessation of violence, arbitrary arrests, and threats against peaceful demonstrators in Cuba, including threats against Maritza Pelegrino Cabrales and members of the Ladies in White (Damas de Blanco).

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