Ros-Lehtinen Reacts To The Cancelation Of Secretary John Kerry’s Trip To Cuba

Mar 3, 2016

Ros-Lehtinen Reacts To The Cancelation Of Secretary John Kerry’s Trip To Cuba

“I hope that President Obama sees the folly of his visit which legitimizes the oppressive Castro regime and cancels his visit, which only gives the oppressors the green light to continue repressing those who seek their fundamental human rights."

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, made the following statement regarding the cancelation of Secretary John Kerry’s trip to Cuba. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

"Secretary John Kerry's cancelation of his trip to Cuba should come as no surprise to anyone who follows the dismal human rights situation on the island. When he testified in the House and the Senate I, along with my colleagues, Congressmen Albio Sires, Mario Diaz-Balart, and Senator Bob Menendez all grilled him on whether he was aware of the mass arrests and arbitrary detentions of human rights activists since President Obama announced the re-establishment of diplomatic relations with the Communist regime.  Since December 17, 2014, we have seen a massive increase of Cubans desperately leaving the island in order to seek refuge in the United States and a continual systemic harassment of the Cuban people who seek freedom and democracy. I hope that President Obama sees the folly of his visit which legitimizes the oppressive Castro regime and cancels his visit, which only gives the oppressors the green light to continue repressing those who seek their fundamental human rights."