Menendez Statement On Raul Castro's Comments

Menendez Statement On Raul Castro's Comments

Washington - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today released the following statement reacting to Raul Castro's comments about talks with U.S.:

"It is tragically ironic that as Raul Castro says he is willing to talk about human rights, he has his state police surrounding peaceful human rights activists on a hunger strike. In fact, I just received a letter from the activist Jorge Luis García Pérez -- "Antúnez" -- in which he describes vicious beatings by the state police and the denial of medical attention for activists whose health is in grave condition. Some like to cling to a romantic notion of the Castros, but we cannot lose sight of these brutal facts. There is no indication that political prisoners are being released, free speech is being allowed or Cubans are being granted basic liberties that we take for granted. For the OAS to readmit a regime that engages in this type of systematic suppression of human rights, it would have to rip up its Democratic Charter as a farce."

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