Senseless UN Vote Against U.S. Embargo On Cuba Ignores the Dismal State of Human Rights On the Island, Says Ros-Lehtinen

Nov 5, 2013

Senseless UN Vote Against U.S. Embargo On Cuba Ignores the Dismal State of Human Rights On the Island, Says Ros-Lehtinen

“This comes as little surprise when it was this very body that let a State Sponsor of Terrorism like Cuba run for a seat on its Human Rights Council and allowed Iran, a regime subject to UN sanctions for proliferation, to chair its disarmament conference”

(WASHINGTON) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, made the following statement on the United Nations General Assembly vote against the U.S. embargo against Cuba. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

“One would think that the representatives at the UN General Assembly live in a different universe from that of the Cuban people. The dysfunctional international body voted against the U.S. embargo on Cuba, yet continues to ignore the increase in arbitrary arrests and detentions of pro-democracy advocates. For example, a young rapper is sitting in one of Castro’s gulags on the verge of death on a hunger strike and the Ladies in White continue to get harassed and beaten on a weekly basis by Castro’s state security agents and in fact, just this weekend at least 30 members of the Ladies in White were unjustly detained as they again tried to march to church to pray for the release of their family members and for freedom for the island. The UN should have better used the time it spent debating the embargo to instead punish the Castro regime and the Kim Jung-Un dictatorship for violating UN sanctions when the two tyrannies were transporting military weapons through the Panama Canal this summer.

“The sad reality is that this comes as little surprise when it was this very body that let a State Sponsor of Terrorism like Cuba run for a seat on its Human Rights Council and allowed Iran, a regime subject to UN sanctions for proliferation, to chair its disarmament conference. I commend our close friend and ally, the democratic, Jewish State of Israel, for joining us in voting against this senseless resolution. Its vote reflects a sober understanding of the reality in Cuba that is utterly lacking in today’s broken UN system, reaffirming how desperately in need of reform this body is.”

NOTE: Earlier this year, Ros-Lehtinen introduced H.R. 3155, the United Nations Transparency, Accountability, and Reform Act of 2013. The bill changes the funding mechanism from an assessed contributions method to a voluntary basis and gives the UN two years after the bill’s enactment date to phase in this reform before the U.S. is required to withhold funds.